Department of Linguistics
Child Language Lab Research
Interactions at the Phonology/Morphology Interface
We have long been interested in how and when children begin to make syntactic generalizations. Some of this research has been carried out in Sesotho, where the high frequency of passives appears to facilitate earlier acquisition of this construction than in English. On the other hand, Sesotho-speakers also exhibit generalization to low-frequency double-object applicatives, where word order is influenced by animacy rather than thematic roles. Recent work on English dative shift and transitive/intransitive alternations also shows early generalization of new syntactic frames with novel verbs. Current research has extended this to explore issues of morpho-syntactic generalization as well.
The Nature of the Input and Implications for Learnability
Postdocs and PhD, MRes or Honours students interested in pursuing any of these areas of research should contact lab director, Katherine Demuth.
Undergraduates interested in gaining research experience, contact lab coordinator, Nyaradzai Marunda.
Participate in Research
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Undergraduates interested in gaining research experience
Email: Nyaradzai Marunda (Lab Coordinator)