Laurel Perkins

University of Maryland Linguistics | perkinsl [at]


I am a PhD student in the University of Maryland Linguistics Department, where I work in first language acquisition with Jeffrey Lidz. I am interested in the developmental trajectory of language acquisition: how do children leverage their linguistic knowledge in order to learn from the data available to them at each stage in development? Currently, I am looking at how children acquiring new verbs exploit relationships between a verb's syntax and its semantics, and how children use their knowledge about verb argument structure to acquire more complex syntax, such as wh-dependencies. I'm investigating these questions using a combination of psycholinguistic experimental methods (preferential looking, habituation-switch) and computational modeling.


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