Researchers in the Project on Children’s Language Learning address
fundamental questions about how language is acquired. Employing a variety
of tasks, we examine the acquisition and development of syntactic, semantic,
phonological, and morphological knowledge in children ranging from 9 months
to 6 years of age. Our lab consists of quiet spaces for studies with infants
and toddlers and a separate area for stimulus preparation and data analysis.
It is equipped with state-of-the-art technology for stimulus preparation,
presentation and analysis in several research paradigms. Children and parents
enjoy being part of our language studies and often return to participate in
additional studies. Children have fun participating (and receive a book or
toy in return for helping), and parents enjoy the opportunity to contribute
to the development of scientific knowledge about human development.
A large component of our research involves cross-linguistic comparisons.
Researchers in the lab are currently examining language acquisition in children
learning English, French, Hindi, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Malayalam, Mandarin,
and Russian. Our team also examines language acquisition in abnormal development,
focusing largely on Williams Syndrome, a genetic developmental disorder.
For further information about our current and ongoing studies, or to schedule
your child for a study, please call the Project on Children’s Language
Learning at (301) 405-0518 or fill out this online
form. We are always happy to help people learn more about language acquisition
and cognitive development.
This work is made possible through a group of dedicated researchers, generous funding through grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and through the continued support and participation of parents and children.