Research Interests: How do children learn to make sense of the world around them, and how do they learn to describe it?

She is especially interested in understanding how event construal and description differ across languages and with linguistic and conceptual development. Specific areas of interest include how children represent and label multi-part events like causatives and motion events, what crosslinguistic patterns of linguistic encoding can tell us about event construal, and how early conceptual knowledge might provide a foundation for universal linguistic categories.

My research interests include:

  1. Language acquisition and processing
  2. Word learning
  3. Event representation
  4. Interface of language and cognition

Research interests: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; psycholinguistics; language and cognition, syntax-semantics interface

Subject Areas:

  • Morpho-Syntax and Semantics
Cognitive Science, Linguistics
PhD, Northwestern University, Linguistics, 2006
BS, College of William & Mary, Biology and Linguistics, 1977