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Dr Edith Bavin Adjunct Professor, Psychology

Professor Bavin's early research was on the acquisition of Warlpiri, an indigenous language spoken in central Australia. More recently her research has been concerned with assessing young children's language knowledge and language processing skills. Of particular interest has been the topics of late talkers and the cognitive skills of children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI). This research has investigated visuo-spatial memory, verbal memory, attention, narrative skills and the numerical cognition of children with SLI. Other projects have investigated the memory and attention of children with SLI and ADHD and the auditory processing skills of 4-7 year olds.
Another recent research project, on the language processing of children with autism, used eye tracking technology.
A long-term research project on which Professor Bavin is a CI is the Early Language in Victoria Study (ELVS), based at the Royal Children's Hospital/Murdoch Research Institute. The study is investigating the natural history of language and literacy development and language impairment in a longitudinal study with a sample of 1910 children (from 8 months to 14 years).
A recent ARC Linkage grant has supported research on the language and cognitive development of young children with cochlear implants. In this project, across four states, infants were recruited prior to implantation and their development followed for 3-4 years.
Professor Bavin served as the editor of the Journal of Child Language (Cambridge University Press), the major journal in the field of language acquisition, until 2012. She edited the Cambridge Handbook of Child Language, published in 2009 and a new, more comprehensive edition which appeared in 2015. The latter included a section on literacy development and chapters on new topics not included in the earlier edition. She recently co-edited a book 'The Acquisition of Ergativity' following collaborative work at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig.


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