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GLADD – Gesture, Language and Developmental Disorders




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Over the past twenty years the lab has focused mainly on language development, sign language in deaf children and gestures in typical and atypical populations. Major focus has been on the continuity between action, gestures and language. We have always attempted to address these topics considering methodologies, which traditionally belong to different research areas: developmental psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, developmental psychopathology and education, encouraging collaboration among disciplines. Furthermore, our research has always been marked by a close consideration of its applied backdrop, strongly enforcing close partnerships between our research team and clinical and educational environments. We employ different methods of data collection: behavioral and cognitive tests, naturalistic observations, questionnaires to caregivers, video analysis and sensor platforms. Some of these instruments have been developed within our lab and are now widespread and often used in screening programs.

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Lidilem, Stendhal University



Lidilem – Stendhal University


The LIDILEM EA 609 research unit ( is affiliated to the Stendhal University of Grenoble. The laboratory is organized in three research groups: 1. Linguistics, Corpora and Automatic Language Processing; 2. Sociolinguistics, Language and Multimodality; 3. Language teaching and Numerical Tools. LIDILEM brings together more than 120 faculty members and PhD students. The lab joined the Institut Linguistique de France in 2013 and the Réseau Français de Sociolinguistique in 2014. It has been constantly engaged in international collaborations and projects, many of which promote the meeting point between linguistics, speech science (with GIPSA-lab of Grenoble), computer science (with LIG Laboratoire d’Informatique de Grenoble) and social sciences. Open to the city, the Lidilem lab is very attentive to technological or societal issues of language practices and their transmission to society.


The program on ‘Multimodality and social interaction in hearing and deaf languages’ is part of the second research group. The program’s primary objective is to better understand the pragmatic and multimodal aspects of spoken communication and signed communication in children and adults, and also in people with speech and/or development disorders. The secondary objective is to investigate the relationship between language, cognition and society through methods that combine context embedded observation, survey, linguistic analysis, experimentation and theoretical modeling. It has four components: 1. early and late development of language in its multimodal dimension and the role of gesture in language and cognitive development; 2. the development and evaluation of bilingual and bimodal linguistic repertoires of deaf children; 3. the philosophy oriented discussion in classroom (P4C – Philosophy for Children) in its pragmatic and cognitive dimensions; 4. the multimodal approach to formal learning (phonological awareness, grammar, mathematics).

About fifteen faculty members and PhD students are participating and collaborating in different projects, namely Gest_Lan_D (, FP7 European program of cooperation and mobility on the topic of gesture and language development in children (IRSES-Marie Curie Actions, 2014-2017), the European project SignMet (2013-2015) ( focused on the development of tools for evaluating language skills in sign language; Algevox, funded locally by SFR Health and Society and for the purpose of keeping up the communication skills by singing in people with Alzheimer’s syndrome (; a project oriented towards communication with people with Down syndrome (; a project oriented towards P4C (Philosophy for Children) and funded by AGIR-Grenoble Innovation Research in 2014; the PEPS Kinéphones project funded in 2014 by CNRS and the CUE Grenoble with the purpose of developing a numerical tool for phonological acquisition in L1 and L2 (see Collaborations continue with South African universities (Cape Town, Johannesburg) and the Italian CNR (Gladd lab, Rome) and at the national level with IRCOM (, CNRS (GDR ADYLOC, various labs and the MSH Alpes in France.

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University of Cape Town


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University of the Witwatersrand



University of the Witswatersrand, Johannesburg




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