The main focus of our research is how young children learn their first languages. There are three main topics that we are investigating at the moment.
- How do children learn semantic properties of the functional lexicon?
Examples: definiteness, plurality, comparatives, implicatures and presuppositions.
- How do properties of the input, particularly its variability and reliability affect the acquisition process?
- How do children acquire and use prosodic properties of language that interact with syntax?
Much of our research is cross-linguistic. Currently we are studying language acquisition in the following languages:
- Chilean and Mexican Spanish
- Brazilian Portuguese
- Mandarin Chinese