Welcome to the Infant Language Centre, in the Department of H&SS, at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. This centre is the first of its kind in the country to study the very early stages of language development in young children. Our current focus is on early word learning and the strategies infants adopt to learn words.
The centre conducts research work in collaboration with the Infant Studies Centre, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
You may have noticed that babies listen to and follow what you say, even before they begin to utter their first words. At our centre, we are interested in finding out how babies listen, how they react and how they learn language.
We are currently studying word-learning in infants (aged 12-24 months) who are exposed to Hindi as their first/mother tongue. This means that the children are hearing Hindi at least 80% of the time from their family and others.
If you have a baby between 12 and 24 months of age (or know someone who does), and speak Hindi at home, we would like to invite you to participate in our studies and help us in our research. You can contact us over the phone or bye-mail.
Your participation will involve one short visit to our centre (30-40 minutes). Your baby will remain with you at all times, either seated on your lap while watching some pictures and hearing some sounds or seated by your side. We videotape the baby's reactions to the sounds/pictures and analyze them later.
Ph.D: We would like to invite students who wish to pursue a PhD in the areas of language acquisition and theoretical linguistics to apply for admission to the department. Candidates are expected to have a consistently good academic record and a strong background in theoretical linguistics (such as an MA or MPhil in Linguistics). Admissions are offered on the basis of an entrance examination and interviews which are held twice a year (in June and in December). Please refer to the Academics Homepage of IIT, for further information on Ph.D. admission procedures, dates of exam etc.
Address: Room No. 122-A , Department of H&SS, IIT Powai, Mumbai 400076
Tel: 25767365, 25768365, 9833036057 (Mob); Please leave a message with your contact details in the event that no one is available.
Alternate Website: http://vaijayanthisarma.googlepages.com/infantlanguagecentre