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Interested in learning about our language outreach demos? See some of our favorites: BLN Outreach Demo Materials
Read an evaluation of our Informal Science Training Class on the CAISE website. And you can read more about the class here.
Read the latest about the pod in our 2016 annual report.

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    The Language Pod is a research lab at the Columbus Center of Science and Industry (COSI) dedicated to the study of language and the dissemination of knowledge about language sciences. The COSI research pods (called the Labs in Life) are a part of a larger COSI exhibit on the life sciences, and they are glass-enclosed research spaces where museum visitors can observe actual scientific research as it is occurring. COSI is the only science center in the country that has working research laboratories housed within its walls, allowing visitors a firsthand exposure to the research process. The Labs in Life showcase Ohio State research, creating excitement in children about science and encouraging careers in science.

 Within the pod, Ohio State research teams conduct studies on various dimensions of language knowledge, and collect, code, and analyze data within the pod. Visitors to COSI are able to see real research being conducted, and also have the opportunity to participate in these studies themselves. Outside the pod, Ohio State graduate and undergraduate students provide educational explanations to both the adult and child COSI visitors about the work being conducted within the pod. These explanations address the research process on several levels, including the research content (What problem is this researcher studying?), the research methods (How is this researcher doing her study?), the larger research goal (Why is this researcher studying this part of language?), as well as the scientific method more generally (How do we ask and answer a question scientifically?). These students also explain the fundamentals of the science of language to visitors through a variety of short demonstrations, each focusing on a different subfield of linguistics.

Interested in doing language research at COSI? Click here for more information! Or are you simply interested in outreach? Learn about our Language Pod course here.


More information about us:

 • Language Pod Annual Report - Jan 2014

Language Pod Annual Report - Jan 2015


Local News Coverage:

See our Faculty:

• Watch Dr. Kathryn Campbell-Kibler give a TedX talk about accent.


• Watch Dr. Cynthia Clopper discuss how to do sociolinguistic experiments.  Starting at minute 6:15 she talks about experiments at the pod!


• Read about Dr. Laura Wagner in the Linguistics Society of America spotlight.