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Program Name: Linguistics Program at the MARCS Auditory Lab of UWS
Alternate Name: Inter-Disciplinary Program in Linguistics
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Institution: University of Western Sydney
Address: Bullecourt Avenue
City: Milperra
Zip/Postal Code: 2214
State/Province: Milperra, NSW
Country: Australia
Contact Person: Kym Buckley, Executive Officer

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Phone: 61 2 9772 6585
Linguistic Subfield(s): Cognitive Science
General Linguistics
Language Acquisition
Program Size: Medium (11-25 students)
Program Description: MARCS Labs was established in 1999 and has grown to consist of over 70 academics, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, researchers, technical and support staff, and our members and collaborators come from across the globe. Since its inception, MARCS has developed a dynamic and vibrant research culture that has attracted researchers with common interests in auditory research.

MARCS labs consists of a cross-disciplinary mix of psychologists and behavioural scientists, linguists, phoneticians, engineers, musicians and composers, speech and acoustic scientists, performance artists, and computer scientists. Thus MARCS has a broad inter-disciplinary base. Nevertheless, we have a particular methodological leaning and particular focus – experimental psychology and auditory research, respectively, both of which drive our enterprise and fuel our forward momentum.

Our Approach is based on experimental psychology; using our skills in behavioural and cognitive science, research design, statistical analysis, and computer programming we bring experimental manipulations and methodological rigour both to traditional areas of experimental psychology, and those less often studied in this manner, such as dance, mother-infant interaction, talking heads and many more.

The Focus which binds together what we do is auditory research. Speech and music are two auditory domains that are especially significant for humans for both promote communication and interaction as well as linguistic and social competence, so these are two of the major foci at MARCS. Moreover, audition involves information spread over time so the study of audition implicitly requires an understanding of the temporal dimension. This takes us into the analysis of movement and rhythm over time, for example the prosody and emotion of speech, dance movements of the body in response to music, and the fine facial movements that accompany speech.
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