A longitudinal study of language processing during acquisition
From the moment they are born, children are bombarded with a constant stream of words and sentences. In order to learn their native language, children’s brains must discover how to process language inputs, an undertaking which involves several steps. Notably, they first need to determine where words begin and end, and then use this knowledge to build a vocabulary. Then children must learn how words combine to form phrases and sentences. This task of language acquisition unfolds across the first 5 or so years of life and continues to be refined thereafter.
Individual children of course differ in their learning trajectories, and these differences can tell us a lot about the processes underlying learning. As part of CoEDL, the Canberra Longitudinal Child Language (CLCL) project studied these processes in over 100 children learning English in the early years of their lives.
As anyone who has spent time with a toddler will know, working with children at such a young age is no small feat. The team of researchers who worked alongside Evan was critical to administering testing, managing the technical details and caring for the participants.
|Evan Kidd - Chief Investigator||Seamus Donnelly - Postdoctoral Fellow|
|Noëlie Creaghe - PhD Student||Sara Quinn - PhD Student|
|Shanthi Kumarage - PhD student, Research Assistant||Tara Spokes - Research Assistant|
|Katherine Revius - Research Assistant||Lauren Morrison - Project Manager (2014 – 2018)|
|Amanda Piper - Project Manager (2018 – 2022)|
Nordlinger, R., Garrido Rodriguez, G., & Kidd, E. (2022). Sentence planning and production in Murrinhpatha, an Australian 'free word order' language. Language.
Catherine Travis, Rena Torres Cacoullos, and Kidd Evan. 2017. "Cross-language priming: A view from bilingual speech." Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. 20 (2 Special issue edited by Gerrit Jan Kootstra and Pieter Muysken): 283-298. doi: 10.1017/S1366728915000127.
Special Issue: Indigenous children’s language: Acquisition, preservation and evolution of language in minority contexts. 2015. First Language. Volume 35, Issue 4-5.
Donnelly, Seamus, and Evan Kidd. 2020. “The Longitudinal Relationship between Conversational Turn-Taking and Vocabulary Growth in Early Language Development.” Child Development, 1–17.
Kidd, E., Donnelly, S., & Christiansen, M. H. (2018). Individual differences in language acquisition and processing. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 22(2), 154-169. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2017.11.006