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Virtual Linguistic Laboratory


Welcome to the Virtual Linguistics Lab home page. This portal represents our first draft of a new structure allowing cyberinfrastructure-facilitated dissemination and sharing of materials and data to support the scientific study of language acquisition.

The navigation links to the left show the different forms of materials we are making available.

These materials may be used to support a course in scientific methods for the study of language acquisition. Various topics are covered, e.g., different tasks for assessing language production and comprehension. Faculty and students may proceed through the topics, or choose among topics, to support their course. The course may be used synchronously or asynchronously across institutions who wish to collaborate.

For each topic, the portal will make available relevant materials, including teaching presentations, related supplemental papers, audio-visual learning modules, a Research Manual, and assignments.

You must be authenticated in order to actually view documents available on this site. You can find instructions on the link below:

User Instructions for the VCLA Web Resources

This portal is actively being developed now. Please send comments and suggestions and questions regarding the portal and its materials to or

This portal is prepared and maintained with the support of NSF Award 0753415 to Profs Blume and Lust. Materials preparation has been supported in part by previous Cornell University Faculty Innovation in Teaching grants by Cornell Information Technologies to Profs Lust, Blume, Kedar and Yang.


This portal accompanies a three-semester series of courses focusing on research methods for the study of language acquisition, which culminates with students conducting original research in this area. In addition, these courses emphasize the utilization of our Data Transcription and Analysis (DTA) Tool for the storing, processing and sharing of language acquisition data.

Course objectives include:

1. Students will identify and discuss foundational works in the study of language acquisition from linguistic and psycholinguistic perspectives.

2. Students will gain familiarity with principles of human subjects protection.

3. Students will complete certification requirements at their institutions for working with human subjects.

4. Students will identify challenges and approaches to the standardization of language acquisition data collection and analysis.

5. Students will identify the advantages and challenges to collaboration, including long-distance collaboration, in language acquisition research.

6. Students will recognize core principles underlying the development of techniques for documenting and preserving language data.

7. Students will identify the particular advantages and challenges to documentation of data with different media and techniques.

8. Students will identify the advantages and limitations of different methods for studying language acquisition.

9. Students will identify and apply criteria for assessing the validity and reliability of research approaches.

10. Students will gain familiarity with the DTA Tool and its associated Experiment Bank.

11. Students will design a research study on a topic of interest to them, and will use the DTA Tool and Experiment Bank to enter and work with their data.

Human Subjects Data are Confidential

Please note that data in the VLL portal and associated cybertools contains human subjects protected materials. As such, any human subjects data should be treated as confidential and may not to be disseminated to unauthorized users. Please consult your instructor if you have any questions about authorization and access.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0753415.
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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