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Soderstrom, Melanie

Professor, Psychology

Department Head, Psychology


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Child Psychology/Development

Behavioral/Social Sciences

Developmental Psychology

Behavioral/Social Sciences

Infant Psychology

Behavioral/Social Sciences


Behavioral/Social Sciences

Language Acquisition and Development

Behavioral/Social Sciences


Behavioral/Social Sciences


Behavioral/Social Sciences

Research Description

In every human language, a complex grammatical system underlies the social act of communication. Yet almost every child acquires this system in just a few short years, an impressive cognitive feat. In fact, recent evidence suggests that young infants possess the beginnings of grammatical knowledge well before they are producing multi-word utterances. Yet very little is known about the earliest stages of this process of grammatical acquisition. My research program examines what infants know about the grammar of their language, and how they acquire it.

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