OSCCI is funded by a programme grant from the Wellcome trust, and is headed by Principal Investigator, Professor Dorothy Bishop. We study the underlying nature of children's communication problems. Our primary focus is on specific language impairment (SLI), but we are also interested in related conditions such as autism spectrum disorder and dyslexia.


See the YouTube Channel for Raising Awareness of Language Learning Impairments (RALLI)



Selected publications

Current OSCCI Research Projects

Specific Language Impairment (SLI) - the big debate!

  • Recent publications on SLI by Dorothy Bishop and by Sheena Reilly and colleagues

    "Specific language impairment" is the term usually used to describe the problems of a child whose language lags behind other aspects of development, but many other terms are also used, and this can cause a great deal of confusion, among researchers, clinicians, and families of affected children. The latest issue of the International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders has a special section on this topic, with target papers by Dorothy Bishop and by Sheena Reilly and colleagues, as well as a number of commentaries by people from a wide range of backgrounds. Click the link above to download these papers for free! There is also a blogpost discussing the background to the special issue which can be found here http://deevybee.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/labels-for-unexplained-language.html

  • Join the debate!

    These pieces have stimulated a great deal of debate on social media already, and there are now plans to have meetings to try and achieve greater consensus on terminology. You can join in the debate by clicking the above link to take you to an internet forum hosted by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

Professor Dorothy Bishop's CV

Research Vacancies

Prospective graduate students who are interested in applying to join OSCCI may contact Professor Dorothy Bishop by email at dorothy.bishop@psy.ox.ac.uk.

Talks by Prof. Dorothy Bishop in 2015


Related research themes