World Class Labs success (and more): New resources

We can now announce all of our new resources, digital and physical! Please remember to check the LingLab Documentation Site for details, as it is up-to-date and contains all the available information, including tutorials and instructions.

The following resources are new and do not replace the resources we have previously had access to. There are still estates processes on-going, and since the Lab is not yet open in-person, the lab-based resources are something to look forward to in the (hopefully not-too-distant) future.

General research

  • SONA Systems recruitment and booking system
  • LabVanced lab license (for internet-based experiments)
  • Gorilla (experiment tokens for internet-based research)
  • Shinyapps (for hosting Shiny apps online)
  • 7 × iPad Air and peripherals (cases, anti-theft stands)
    • engaging interactive experiments (e.g. children)
    • public outreach
  • 3 × Mac Mini (for experiment design and analysis)
  • Azure server access (through Newcastle University)
    • hosting bespoke online experiments
    • secure storage of data from online experiments

Articulatory research

  • Portable Ultrasound Machine (Articulate Instruments)
  • Portable Electroglottograph (VoceVista)
  • VoceVista Pro software
  • Wacom Intuos Pro tablet (for drawing splines)
  • Laptop and peripherals (for articulation field research)
  • External hard drives (for storing large files)

Phonetic research

  • 1 × Large sound-proof booth (3m × 3m)*
    • Ultrasound Tongue Imaging
    • Group/conversation AV recording
    • Fully accessible (with ramp, adequate doorway clearance)
    • Very high quality phonetic recording
  • 2 × Small sound-treated isolation booths (1.5m × 1.2m)*
    • Individual speech recording
    • Perceptual experiments
    • High quality phonetic recording
    • Inter-linked dyadic experiments (recorded or not)
  • 2 × Røde Lavalier microphones (for interview recording)
  • 1 × Shure large condenser microphone (for high-quality phonetic recording)
  • 10 × ADX Firecast microphones (for remote recording, fieldwork, etc)
  • Shared Zencastr account (for simultaneous remote recording)

Psycholinguistic research

  • SR Research EyeLink Portable Duo eye-tracker
    • Child and adult visual world paradigm
    • Child and adult reading paradigms
    • Portable for in-school field work
    • Button box for recording reaction time
    • Laptop and peripherals for presentation
  • Millikey USB Button Box (for low-latency response recording)
  • Low-latency USB keyboard (for low-latency response recording)

Corpus research

  • Transana
  • ICE-GB Corpus of English
  • ICE-GB Great Britain Sound Files
  • BYU Corpora
    • COCA
    • COHA
    • iWEB
    • MOVIES
    • TV
    • WIKI
  • NCL Filestore location (for remote access to offline corpora)

Estates resources

  • KGVI B.01, B.02*, B.03*
    • Organisation/distribution TBD
  • 6 × settees
  • 6 × chairs
  • 3 × coffee tables
  • 2 × locking storage cabinets
  • work stations for computers / lab cluster

Please contact the Lab Manager with any queries in the first instance.

* Final acquisition expected Summer 2021 at the earliest, subject to COVID restrictions

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Welcome to the Upgraded Digital LingLab

After a year of pivoting to remote research, we are pleased to present the newly upgraded and refurbished digital and remote branch of the Experimental Linguistics Laboratory!

The on-site branch of the LingLab is also undergoing refurbishment, and will be hopefully re-opening before too much longer (this will be in line with local and government guidance and will likely be in a reduced capacity for a while).

Some of the resources we now have available include:

  • A laboratory license for LabVanced online experiment and survey platform
  • A Zencastr account for recording uncompressed audio (WAV) remotely
  • A renewed subscription to SketchEngine
  • USB microphones to be shipped to participants for recording high(er) quality audio remotely

Please contact the Lab Manager for help accessing these resources.

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Moving Online for the Foreseeable Future

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have moved all of our operations online. This unfortunately means that the physical lab spaces are now closed and off-limits for the foreseeable future. However, we are making every effort to allow research to continue in new, adapted ways. Please see the Lab Documentation for COVID-19 guidance and resources to use during lockdown.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with queries or consultations for how to adapt your research to our new and ever-changing situation.

To contact me, please email linglab@ncl.ac.uk.

To book a Zoom or Skype appointment with me, please follow the instructions at calendly.com/linglab.

Stay well, friends and colleagues, and wash your hands.

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The New LingLab

Welcome to the new site for the Experimental Linguistics Laboratory (LingLab)! I (Lauren Ackerman) am the Lab Manager and will serve as a research support scientist for experimental and quantitative linguistics across the University (primarily ECLS, SELLL, and SML). This means I will be in charge of the everyday running of the laboratory space, and will be available to consult on quantitative analysis, experimental methods, and statistics. For larger projects or projects that require more involvement, I am available to collaborate as a Co-I, as well. Requests for consultations will be vetted and prioritized by ECLS, but initial contact and bookings may be done directly:

To contact me, please email linglab@ncl.ac.uk.

To book an appointment with me, please follow the instructions at calendly.com/linglab.

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