Topic Areas: Speech and Language Science

Topic Chairs: Kaitlin Lansford

Content Area: Speech-Language Pathology

Proposals appropriate for submission to this topic area focus on normal aspects of language comprehension and expression and speech production and perception. Proposals related to speech and language science should focus primarily on:  Basic science issues related to communication across the lifespan, including aspects of linguistics, speech perception, and speech production; measurement of speech production and/or perception in individuals with normal speech motor control and/or hearing; and measurement of language comprehension and expression in individuals with normal cognition, neurological function, and hearing. Interprofessional education, practice, and/or research that addresses the implementation of interprofessional competencies within curricular or practice models or the evaluation of collaborative care outcomes specific to speech and language sciences should also be included in this topic area.


  • Investigation of basic scientific principles of communication science, including speech and language
  • Translational, applied, or implementation research related to speech and language science
  • Computer-based and other research technologies for interfaces among speech, language, and socio-cognitive/socio-linguistic processes
  • Multicultural/cross-linguistic/interprofessional issues and research in language and speech science
  • Interface of sensorimotor and cognitive processes in speech and language
  • Theoretical models of spoken language development and use across the lifespan

Professional Education

  • Acoustics and psychophysics
  • Speech perception
  • Psycholinguistics of language in school-age children and adolescents
  • Cognitive foundations of later language development
  • Language, metalinguistic and/or cognitive development of school-age children and adolescents
  • Neural plasticity related to speech, language, and cognition
  • Normal speech/language processes: spoken and written language
  • Normal speech motor control
  • Second language learning and use in adults and children: speech, language and hearing implications
  • Accent modification: techniques, measurement, and outcomes
  • Theoretical models of language development and use across the lifespan
  • Models of typical speech development through the lifespan (i.e., typical acquisition and age-related changes through senescence)
  • Neuroscientific advances with implications for communicative impairment
  • Neural correlates of typical production and perception (e.g., speech motor control)
  • Instrumentation for analysis of speech including articulation, neural imaging, respiration, modeling
  • Theories and models of speech production and perception, including animal models
  • Relationship between speech perception and speech production
  • Genetic basis of typical speech production and perception
  • Cross-linguistic factors in speech production and perception
  • Educational, professional, and interprofessional issues specific to Speech and Language Science
  • Ethics and technology as they relate to Speech and Language Science

Related Topics

Proposals related to speech and language science but primarily focused on:

  • Techniques in neurogenic language disorders should be submitted to the Language Disorders in Adults or the Acquired Cognitive Communication Disorders topic areas.
  • Speech perception related to hearing or hearing loss should be submitted to the Hearing, Tinnitus and Vestibular Science topic area.
  • Cultural and linguistic variables associated with accent modification should be submitted to the Equity, Inclusion and Influence on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity topic area.

About ASHA

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.

About the Convention

The ASHA Convention is one of the largest professional development events for audiologists; speech-language pathologists; and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Bringing together approximately 15,000 attendees, the annual Convention offers more than 2,500 sessions eligible for ASHA continuing education credit covering the latest research, clinical skills, and techniques in communication sciences and disorders.

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