Laboratory for Developmental Language Studies
Meet our lab members (2016-2017)
 

LDLS people 2016-2017

 
Director

Dr. Kristen Syrett
Dr. Syrett is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics, with a co-appointment in the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS). She earned her Ph.D. in Linguistics from Northwestern University in 2007, with specializations in Language and Cognition and in Cognitive Science. She also has an M.Ed. and AMI Montessori certification. Before joining the faculty at Rutgers, Dr. Syrett was an NIH post-doctoral fellow at RuCCS. She devotes her time outside of research to her two young children, her yoga practice, spinning (indoor cycling), baking, and her mischievous beagles.
   
Affiliated Graduate Students
   
Vera Gor Vera Gor
Vera is a fifth year Ph.D. student in the Department of Linguistics. Her research interests are in syntax and semantics, and language acquisition. Vera presented her research for her second qualifying paper, an experimental investigation of children's and adults' representations of comparative constructions, using binding relations, as a talk at BUCLD. Her follow up work with adults investigating c-command relations in comparative constructions is being presented at NELS and the LSA annual meeting. Her dissertation work experimentally probes what licenses or bars particular co-construal relations between pronouns and R-expressions, apart from c-command.
   
Jess Law
Jess Law
Jess is a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Department of Linguistics. Her primary research interests are in semantics. Her second qualifying paper paired a judgment task with a self-paced reading study to investigate whether bare nouns in Mandarin can participate in anaphoric relations in the discourse. She is presenting this work at NELS.
   
Anne Lingwall
Anne Lingwall
Anne is a fifth year Ph.D. student in Bilingualism and SLA in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She has a B.A. in Multidisciplinary Science and Spanish from the University of Iowa and her M.A. in Spanish from the University of Florida. Anne's research interests include bilingual language development in children and adults. Her dissertation investigates how Spanish-English bilingual children interpret the lexical-semantic and morpho-syntactic properties of Spanish copular verbs (ser, estar). Anne also loves to travel and work on her culinary skills.
   
Morgan Mooyer Morgan Moyer
Morgan is a third year Ph.D. student in the Department of Linguistics. She received her B.A. in Linguistics with minors in Philosophy and French from the University of Maryland. As an RA at UMD’s Project on Children's Language Learning Lab, Morgan worked on several studies looking at the semantics and acquisition of attitude verbs, and wrote a senior thesis on the acquisition of pronouns in 2-year-olds. Her general research interests include acquisition, semantics, pragmatics, and the philosophy of language. Outside of school, Morgan enjoys yoga, cooking, rock climbing, hiking, playing music, and gardening.
   
Undergraduate Research Assistants
   
Kimberly Boscodoss
Kimberly Boscodoss
Kimberly is a senior double majoring in Linguistics and Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Science. With her degree, she plans to pursue a career in Speech-Language Pathology. Her interests include child language acquisition, phonetics, and developmental disabilities. Kimberly loves being involved in the Rutgers community. She is a Resident Assistant and brother of Alpha Phi Omega. She uses her free time to hang out with friends and family, and to travel as much as possible.
   
Maggy Fread
Maggy Fread
Maggy is a sophomore double majoring in Linguistics and Cognitive Science. She is interested in language acquisition and semantic theory. She hopes to pursue either a Ph.D. in Linguistics or an MD/Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Maggy is a Resident Assistant and is heavily involved in the Honors College. In her free time, Maggy likes to watch movies, cook, and play with her dog.
   
Rachel Gambacorta
Rachel Gambacorta
Rachel is a senior majoring in Linguistics with a double minor in Psychology and Cognitive Science. After graduating, Rachel plans to pursue a career in Speech Language Pathology, hoping to work among children with special needs. Rachel is very involved on campus. She is currently president of the Rutgers University Speech and Hearing Club and is an active member of Delta Gamma Fraternity. Rachel enjoys learning about language acquisition, developmental disabilities, and communication disorders. Outside of school, Rachel enjoys the beach, traveling, and spending time with her family.
   
Marielle Gerbino
Marielle Gerbino
Marielle is a junior majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Psychology. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a career in Speech Language Pathology, where she plans to work with children and focusing on developmental disabilities. Outside of school, Marielle has experience working for an audiologist, as well as being a full time nanny (which led to her interest in this field and her work with children). In her spare tim,e Marielle enjoys spending time with her friends and family, running and reading.
   
Anna Goldin Anna Goldin
Anna is a senior double majoring in Linguistics and Information Technology and Informatics with a minor in Spanish. Anna loves to learn about syntactic, semantic and pragmatic theory and has recently also developed an interest in applied linguistics. In the future, she hopes to apply her two majors together and explore the area of Natural Language Processing in the field of technology and continue her education in pursuit of a graduate degree in Linguistics. Anna is highly involved in an on-campus ministry and in her synagogue, and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
   
Zehra Husnain
Zehra Husnain
Zehra is a junior double majoring in Linguistics and Psychology. She hopes to pursue a career in Speech Pathology and focus on developmental disabilities and child language acquisition. She is a brother of Alpha Phi Omega, and is involved in various clubs at Rutgers, including Unified Sports and Rutgers Empowering Disabilities. In her free time, Zehra enjoys being with friends, listening to music, and working out.
   
Stephanie Parada
Stephanie Parada
Stephanie is a senior majoring in Linguistics with a minor in Cognitive Science. She plans to pursue a career in Speech Language Pathology, in the clinical setting, with a focus in cochlear implant research and children with specific learning disabilities. Stephanie has worked in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry and Phonology Labs at Rutgers. She is also a clinical intern at a speech, language and education clinic. She enjoys learning about developmental disabilities, educational psychology and communication disorders. Outside of school, she enjoys playing ukulele, going to the beach and spending time with her family, friends and dog.
   
Laura Simon-Pearson
Laura Simon-Pearson
Laura is a senior in the SAS Honors Program, doubling majoring in Linguistics and Cognitive Science. This is her first year working in the lab, and she is excited to also be writing an honors thesis. Her thesis will experimentally investigate how children between ages 4 and 6 interpret embedded questions. Laura's interests include language acquisition and neurolinguistics, and she hopes to continue her studies in a doctoral program in Psychology studying the neural basis of language. Laura is the president of the Planned Parenthood affiliate club on campus and enjoys running outdoors, traveling, and spending time with friends.
   
Collaborators and Friends of the lab at Rutgers
Faculty
Jennifer Austin

Jennifer Austin
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies

Rutgers University, Newark

   
Viviane Deprez

Viviane Déprez
Professor, Linguistics

Director, Comparative and Experimental Syntax Laboratory

 

 

Liliana Sanchez

Liliana Sanchez
Professor and Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies

Director, Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition Laboratory

 

 

Julien Musolino

Julien Musolino
Associate Professor, Psychology, RuCCS

Director, Rutgers Psycholinguistics Laboratory

   
   
 
 
   
   
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