Lab Director

Karen Miller My research focuses on two related questions: (1) how does input-type (e.g. variable input, inconsistent input) impact children's acquisition of the morpho-syntax of their native language? And, (2) how do children come to acquire the various factors (e.g. social, linguistic) that constrain variation in their speech community? Comparing the impact of different input-types on acquisition paths and acquisition outcomes can inform our understanding of the initial state of the learner and the process of language acquisition more generally. Testing input-type in real world situations has allowed me to consider the interaction of various factors, including the type of variation (e.g. phonological, morphological, syntactic), the number of variants (e.g. omission of a form vs. two variably occurring overt forms), the factors constraining the variation (e.g. linguistic factors and/or social factors), and the frequency of the variants in the input and quantity of exposure to them (e.g. variation in bilingual v. monolingual contexts).

Note: I will be on sabbatical this year and won't be able to take new research assistants until Fall 2018.

Former Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

Melisa Dracos: PhD, Spring 2012 (Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Baylor University)

Alison Eisel Hendricks: PhD, Spring 2014 (Assistant Professor of Communications Sciences and Disorders, University at Buffalo)

Pablo Requena: PhD, Spring 2015 (Assistant Professor of Spanish, University of Montana)

Chris Champi: PhD, Spring 2017 (Lecturer in Spanish, Penn State University)

Cindy Lukyanenko: Postdoctoral Fellow 2014-17 (George Mason University)

Laurel Brehm: Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-17 (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, NL)