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SSHRC IG awarded 2012: Verbs are harder than nouns for children to learn. This research project will test two central hypotheses about verb learning in children: First, in experimental situations, children benefit from co-speech gesture as shown by enhanced verb learning. Second, in everyday...
Speech-language pathologists often assess children’s expressive language, which sometimes includes narrative abilities, when screening and diagnosing language delays. Typically, narratives are analyzed for grammatical complexity (i.e., mean length utterance or MLU) and lexical complexity (i.e.,...
SSHRC IG awarded 2018: This project will test how children develop the ability to convey viewpoint in gestures. Children's language learning has been shown to be inextricably intertwined with their use of gestures. We expect that children's choice of viewpoint in gestures will change as they get...