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The Endangered Language Initiative

The Endangered Language Initiative aims to promote the scientific study of endangered languages in the areas of teaching and research, and is also dedicated to educating the public and broader scientific community about the study of endangered languages. Opportunities for urban fieldwork on endangered languages are arranged in collaboration with the Endangered Language Alliance. The Initiative sponsors a talk series and other special events. The Endangered Language Initiative is affiliated with the Mellon Committee on Globalization, an interdisciplinary research group at the Graduate Center.

Psycholinguistics Laboratory

CUNY’s Psycholinguistics Lab undertakes experimental studies of human sentence processing, with an emphasis on cross-linguistic research. Its facilities supporting on- and off-site data collection are made available to students and faculty pursuing individual and collaborative projects. Several current projects focus on the syntax-prosody interface.

The CUNY Second Language Acquisition Lab

The CUNY Second Language Acquisition Lab is the center for study of language acquisition at the Graduate Center. Its main objective is to conduct cross-linguistic research on the acquisition of non-primary languages in children and adults, comparing it to first language acquisition so as to discover universal characteristics of language development as well as differences between primary and non-primary language acquisition. The SLA lab is both a research and a teaching lab. Students interested in language acquisition have the opportunity to participate in grant-funded research projects and to conduct studies of their own under the supervision of Professor Gita Martohardjono.

The laboratory is in room 7393, phone: 212-817-8524, or email at:

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Computational Laboratory

There are several faculty and research laboratories studying computational linguistics at CUNY. For more information about the research community in computational linguistics at CUNY, including special events and seminars, please visit the NLP at CUNY webpage.