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My research investigates children's first language acquisition, mostly using judgment and production methodologies. I am particularly interested in children's overgeneralization errors (e.g., *The joked giggled him; *I falled over) and errors involving question formation (e.g., *What he doesn't like?). I also study children's acquisition of morphology, focusing particularly on Optional Infinitive errors in English (e.g., *He play) and agreement/case-marking errors in morphologically rich languages, specifically Finnish and Lithuanian.
I also have three sidelines: (1) Conducting studies that investigate alternative discourse/processing-based accounts of so-called "Universal Grammar" phenomena (e.g., subjacency; structure dependence), (2) Writing review articles/chapters (ideally controversial ones) and a textbook ("Child Language Acquisition: Contrasting Theoretical Approaches") and (3) Writing popular science, including my book Psy-Q (Profile/Penguin), which introduces readers to interesting findings from the Psychology literature by means of interactive tests, games, illusions and quizzes.
- Crosslinguistic Account of Sentence Structure (CLASS)
- How do children restrict their linguistic generalizations? An empirical approach.
- The formation and restriction of linguistic generalizations: Integrating experimental and computer-modelling approaches.
- Comparing two new single-process accounts of the restriction of argument-structure generalizations
- The Centre for Language and Communicative Development.
- Ben Ambridge