The Language Acquisition Lab investigates how children learn the forms of their native languages using a variety of experimental paradigms, including preferential looking, head-turn preference, and interactive games. It’s a lot of fun!

At this time, Prof. Legendre is not currently recruiting student research assistants or graduate students.

News & Announcements

Congratulations, Dr. Nguyen!

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An Nguyen finished her PhD this spring, defending her dissertation on “Acquiring Syntactic Variation : Regularization in Wh-Question Production.”

Best Paper Award in Language Acquisition Journal

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An Nguyen is first author of “The acquisition of wh-questions: Beyond structural economy and input frequency,” written with advisor Prof. Geraldine Legendre. This paper was selected by the Language Acquisition editorial team as the 2022 best paper by an untenured scientist. An’s paper looks at factors that influence children’s comprehension and production of different syntactic variants. Any paper whose...

Congratulations, Dr. Lutken!

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Jane Lutken finished her PhD this year and is starting as a Postdoctoral Associate in the Center for Cognitive Science at Rutgers University. [...]