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Language Acquisition

 

Learning words in a dynamic world

 

Talk and discussion will last one hour. At 3:30 we will have a brief Q&A with Ewan about his career path since completing his PhD at UMD.

Modelling early language acquisition from raw speech data

 

A new way to find developmentally meaningful variation in children's input: A look at syntactic knowledge across socio-economic status

 

Julianne Garbarino (HESP): How do disfluencies relate to early grammatical errors?

Abstract: Children usually begin to stutter between ages 2.5 and 3.5-- a period when their expressive language includes many errors when compared to adult models. This talk will explore the relationship between grammatical errors in children's early language and the production of stuttering-like and non-stuttered disfluencies.

 

 

Non-actional passives can be comprehended by 4-year olds

Join Zoom Meeting here: https://umd.zoom.us/j/817699157
Meeting ID: 817 699 157
 

African American English and early literacy: A comparison of approaches to quantifying nonmainstream dialect use

 

Do children know WHanything? Acquisition of Mandarin wh-indefinites

Abstract: Unlike English wh-words like “what”, Mandarin wh-words have both an interrogative and an indefinite interpretation, as shown in (1). 

(1)   Xiaoxiao mei chi shenme.
       Xiaoxiao NEG eat what

a.     Interrogative: What didn’t Xiaoxiao eat?
b.     Indefinite: Xiaoxiao didn’t eat anything/much. 

Known and unknown in infants' language learning: a story of perception, categorization, and inference

Lunch available at 12:15, first talk begins promptly at 12:30. 

DOUBLE HEADER!

Kathleen Oppenheimer (HESP)

Effects of Verb Bias and Plausibility on Children's Processing of Ambiguous Sentences

 

Variation and learnability in constraints on wh-movement

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