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Catherine Laing

Lecturer in Child Language Acquisition, Cardiff University

I am part of the Centre for Language and Communication Research. My research focuses primarily on first language acquisition, specifically phonological acquisition (both perception and production). I am particularly interested in infants’ transition from babble to speech, and how this is shaped by internal and external factors.

Before moving to Cardiff I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Duke University, North Carolina, based in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. I have also worked at the Universities of York and Huddersfield.


  • 2017–present
    Lecturer, Cardiff University
  • 2016–2017
    Postdoctoral research associate, Duke University, USA


  • 2015 
    University of York, PhD Linguistics


  • 2017
    How salient are onomatopoeia in the early input? A prosodic analysis of infant-directed speech, Journal of Child Language
  • 2017
    A perceptual advantage for onomatopoeia in early word learning: Evidence from eye-tracking, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
  • 2014
    A phonological analysis of onomatopoeia in early word production, First Language