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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
  • Japanese
  • Korean

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