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Language Sciences and Metrology Unit 

 

Head of Unit: Professor Bernard Harmegnies

 

The Language Sciences and Metrology Unit, led by Professor Bernard Harmegnies, develops educational and scientific activities and links together the themes of spoken communication and psychometrics.

Most of the Unit's research activities are developed from the know-how and equipment of the Laboratory of Phonetics, the oldest component of the Unit, whose creation coincided with that of the University of Mons.

The main scientific themes are:

  • Exams in foreign languages
  • Phonetics
  • Phonology
  • Voice studies
  • General linguistics
  • Psycholinguistics (speech perception and production)
  • Anatomy and physiology of speech organs
  • Speech acoustics
  • Teaching of the mother tongue
  • Teaching foreign languages
  • Teaching in foreign languages
  • Linguistic planning
  • Digital processing of speech signal
  • Translation and interpreting studies

 

The Language Sciences and Metrology Unit was involved in the creation of the Research Institute for Language Science and Technology. It is also a founding member of the Research Institute for Health Sciences and Technology and regularly collaborates with the Research Institute for Complex Systems (Complexys) on various research projects.

A presentation of the Unit and its research was presented at the Founder's Day of the Research Institute for Complex Systems (Complexys) on 13/09/2012 (pdf).