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Language and Communication Across Modalities (LaCAM) Laboratory

The Language and Communication across Modalities (LaCAM) Lab has been engaged in the study of communication and language in children with typical and atypical development and of Sign Language in both children and adult population over the last 30 years. Our ultimate goal of research is to reach a more profound understanding of universal as well as modality dependent features of human linguistic abilities.

Keywords:
  • Acquisizione linguaggio;
  • Cognitive and Linguistic assessment in children with typical and atypical development;
  • Gesti;
  • gestures;
  • italian sign language;
  • Language acquisition;
  • Lingua dei Segni Italiana;
  • LIS
Coordinator: 
Maria Cristina Caselli.
Address: 

Via Nomentana 56, 00161 Roma (RM), Italy

 

 

Profile

The Language and Communication across Modalities (LaCAM) Lab has been engaged in the study of communication and language in children with typical and atypical development and of Sign Language in both children and adult population over the last 30 years. Our ultimate goal of research is to reach a more profound understanding of universal as well as modality dependent features of human linguistic abilities.

The lab is currently organized in three research units: Language Acquisition and Disorders (LAnD); Action, Gesture and Sign language (AG&S); Cognition, Language and Deafness (CoLD)

A wide range of methods is used in data collection: behavioral tests, naturalistic observations, parent questionnaires, video analysis, and sensor platforms. Some of these instruments and methodologies have been developed within our lab and are now widely employed. All units are always marked by a close consideration of the applied backdrop, strongly enforcing close partnerships with organizations and practitioners working in education and clinical practice. All lab research aims at providing results and materials, which may have a relevant social impact and help researchers and practitioners with their daily challenges. To this aim the LaCAM lab enforces a cross-disciplinary approach to the study of language and communication, often bringing together researchers from various fields (developmental psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, developmental psychopathology and education) encouraging dialogue and synergy.

Since 1988 the LaCAM lab is located in the State Institute of Deaf (Istituto Statale per i Sordi - ISSR).

Research

LaCAM lab is currently organized in three research units:

Language Acquisition and Disorders (LAnD);
Action, Gesture and Sign language (AG&S);
Cognition, Language and Deafness (CoLD)

The LAnD research unit studies cognitive and language development in typical (including bilingual children) and in atypical population (i.e. children with language delay or disorders, children with Language Impairment, children with Down syndrome). The final goal in this area is to better understand language development processes and their cognitive and social correlates, from a developmental neuropsychological perspective. Click here for more details

The AG&S research unit is dedicated to study the co-development of language and perceptuo-motor processes, conceiving language acquisition as semantically driven and embodied. We aim to explore the concept of “language” in its full complexity, i.e., by considering the interaction of vocal and manual modalities in spoken languages as well as manual and non-manual features in signed languages. Click here for more details

The CoLD research unit studies cognitive and linguistic processes in deaf and hearing bimodal bilinguals (people who know and use one spoken and one signed language), combining methods from developmental psychology, neuropsychology and cognitive psychology. Special attention is devoted in developing tools to assess linguistic skills in sign language and in studying the role of factors affecting language acquisition and use in deaf and hearing children. Click here for more details

People

Coordinator

Maria Cristina Caselli
Researcher

Administrative Staff

Researchers

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Associate Researchers

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Technicians

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Publications


Journal articles

   2017
Di Cesare G., Sparaci L., Pelosi A., Mazzone L., Giovagnoli G., Menghini D., Ruffaldi E., Vicari S. Differences in action style recognition in children with autism spectrum disorders. In: Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 8 article n. 1456. Frontiers, 2017.  image   image
Volterra V., Capirci O., Caselli C., Rinaldi P., Sparaci L. Developmental evidence for continuity from action to gesture to sign/word. In: Language, Interaction and Acquisition, vol. 8 (1) pp. 13 - 41. John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2017.  image   image   image

Contribution to Book/Monograph

   2017
Sparaci L., Volterra V. Hands Shaping Communication: From Gestures to Signs. In: The Hand: Perception, Cognition, Action. pp. 29 - 54. M. Bertolaso, N. Di Stefano (eds.). Svizzera: Springer International Publishing AG, 2017.  image

Projects

Thu, 15/09/2016 - Sun, 15/09/2019
Wed, 01/01/2014 - Mon, 31/12/2018
Wed, 05/10/2016 - Wed, 21/03/2018
Wed, 15/05/2013 - Sun, 14/05/2017
Wed, 01/01/2014 - Thu, 31/12/2015
Mon, 11/11/2013 - Sun, 10/05/2015
Wed, 01/12/2010 - Sat, 30/11/2013
Fri, 01/01/2010 - Mon, 31/12/2012
Mon, 22/03/2010 - Sat, 22/09/2012
Fri, 07/11/2008 - Fri, 06/11/2009
Sun, 01/10/2006 - Tue, 30/09/2008
Wed, 01/05/2002 - Sun, 01/05/2005
Wed, 01/01/2003 - Fri, 31/12/2004

Resources

Seminari ISTC-SILIS-ISSR

BiblioLIS

Bibliografia sulla Lingua dei Segni Italiana (LIS), a cura di Alessio Di Renzo, Giulia Porcari Li Destri, Virginia Volterra ed aggiornata a Dicembre 2011

Questionario: "Il Primo Vocabolario del Bambino"

Italian version of the MacArthur CDI - "Il Primo Vocabolario del Bambino"
M. C. Caselli, A. Bello, P. Rinaldi, S. Stefanini, P. Pasqualetti

Documentario "Essere Sordo Oggi"

Dieci brevi interviste a professionisti sordi inseriti nel mondo del lavoro. Realizzato in collaborazione con Unicredit

Contact

 
For paper mail, the address should be:

<full name of person to contact>,
Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione,
Via Nomentana 56, 00161 Rome (RM), Italy