What I am working on these days.

Children hear more about what is atypically true

How do parents describe concepts to their young children? In a corpus analysis, we show they discuss far more atypical features of concepts than typical ones (e.g., kids hear way more talk about carrots that aren’t orange, than carrots that are orange).

Communicative Pressure

Adults modify their speech to children in all sorts of ways, even sometimes tuning to a child’s knowledge level. In this project we demonstrate that pressure to communicate successfully could give rise to such modifications.

Speech Disfluencies

How do children use simple language cues to infer mental states? In this project we are exploring when children do and do not use speech disfluencies (e.g., ‘umm’) to infer a speaker’s knowledge.