Language Development Centre

at the University of British Columbia


Welcome! Children are spectacular word learners. According to some estimates, they acquire on average one new word every waking hour during the pre-school years. By the time they begin school, they know as many as 14,000 words. Parents are well aware of this amazing accomplishment, and many have been stunned by the rate of vocabulary growth in their young children. Through our research program, we are trying to understand children's lexical development, by examining the types of information they recruit to acquire the meanings of new words.

Please look around our web site to find out more about what we do and how you can get involved. We are always looking for new families to participate in our studies. We also always welcome the involvement of students in our research program. Feel free to contact us at any time!

The Language Development Centre is located in Vancouver on the west side of the main campus of the University of British Columbia. Here are directions on how to find us. It may also be helpful to look up directions on by entering your own address and our address:

Douglas Kenny Building Room 1301
2136 West Mall
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6T 1Z4
Phone: 604-822-9294