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Dr. Geoff Hall

Head / Professor

Psychology

Research Themes: 

The Communicating Mind and Body

Geoff Hall is Professor and Head of Psychology at UBC, and the director of the Language Development Centre. His research broadly focuses on children’s lexical and conceptual development, semantic development, and language acquisition. The main question he and his collaborators are examining is which cues young children use over the course of development in order to learn new words. A further objective is to specify the precise meanings young children assign to words and to document how these meanings are related to adults’ meanings. Geoff has been awarded both the Killam Research Prize and the Killam Teaching Prize in recognition of his accomplishments.

Research Interests

Children’s lexical and conceptual development, semantic development, and language acquisition; which cues young children use over the course of development in order to learn new words; the precise meanings young children assign to words and to document how these meanings are related to adults’ meanings.