Child Language Research Center


Project description

Child Language Research Center (CLRC) combines the forces of researchers in various fields, i.e., logopedics, linguistics, phonetics, psychology, education, neuroscience and medicine with diverse methodological expertise. CLRC covers the following main research areas: (i) typical and delayed speech and language acquisition as well as developmental language disorder (DLD), (ii) speech, language and learning outcomes in preterm children, (iii) auditory speech processing and speech and language development by children with/without hearing impairment, and (iv) pragmatic development and its disorders. True multidisciplinary national and international collaboration has been established.

Research in CLRC has direct influence on society by providing information necessary for identifying children at risk of later speech, language and communication difficulties (SLCDs). Such information may prevent later learning difficulties and marginalisation and is inevitable in planning and implementing adequate and timely intervention.

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Principal investigators: Sari Kunnari, Taina Välimaa, Soile Loukusa, Anneli Yliherva  

Research groups

  • Child Language Research Center


Sari Kunnari

Sari Kunnari

Professor, Director of the Child Language Research Center