Institutions: Department of Linguistics and Translation, Université de Montréal
Keywords: experimental linguistics, language and music, speech development and pathology, rhythm and temporal predictions
Dr Falk’s research focuses on the interface between language and music. She is particularly interested in rhythmic phenomena in music and speech and rhythmic functions in communication, language acquisition and speech and language pathology. Her approach is fundamentally interdisciplinary inspired by theory and methods of several disciplines (experimental linguistics, neurosciences (EEG), cognitive sciences, movement sciences).
The major aim of her current research program is to examine the role of rhythmic and temporal predictions in language processing in order to
- characterize developmental speech and language deficits and better understand individual differences
- unravel the role of temporal predictions in discourse comprehension, verbal and motor coordination between interlocutors
- collaborate with speech therapists to develop new approaches for speech pathology intervention based on musical training, singing and rhythm interaction