Laboratory for Developmental Language Studies
Meet our lab members (2017-2018)
 

LDLS 2017-2018

 
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). Her areas of specialization are language acquisition and psycholinguistics, with a focus on semantics (meaning). 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 in 2011, Dr. Syrett spent three years as an NIH post-doctoral fellow at RuCCS, and one year as a RuCCS post-doc. 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 sixth year Ph.D. student in the Department of Linguistics. Her research interests are in syntax, pragmatics, and language acquisition. Her dissertation work experimentally probes what licenses or bars coconstrual relations between pronouns and names in backwards anaphora, apart from c-command. Last year Vera presented the findings of her experimental investigations on acceptable binding Principle C violations in comparative constructions at NELS 47 (UMass Amherst, MA) and the LSA 2017 (Austin, TX). Since the Fall 2016, Vera has been our very dependable and organized lab manager.
   
Jess Law
Jess Law
Jess is a fifth 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 presented this work at NELS, and is currently replicating and expanding the study to write up a manuscript for submission.
   
Morgan Moyer Morgan Moyer
Morgan is a fourth 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
   
Aida Bahrami
Aida Bahrami
Aida is a senior majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Cognitive Science. After graduating, she plans to pursue a career in Speech Language Pathology. Her interests include child language acquisition and developmental disabilities. Aida enjoys being involved in the Rutgers community. She is a Peer Instructor at the Aresty Research Center and a tutor at the Writing Center. Outside of school, she has experience working at a Pediatric Rehabilitation Facility, where she works alongside speech and occupational therapists. In her free time, Aida enjoys being outdoors, baking and spending time with friends and family.
   
Maggy Fread
Maggy Fread
Maggy is a junior majoring in Social Work and minoring in Cognitive Science. She is interested in language acquisition and semantic theory. On campus, she is a resident assistant on College Avenue, an Aresty Peer Instructor and is heavily involved with the Honors College. She also volunteers as a Crisis Counselor for the Crisis Text Line in her spare time.
   
Marielle Gerbino
Marielle Gerbino
Marielle is a senior 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.
   
Michelle Goldberg
Michelle Goldberg
Michelle Goldberg is a junior double majoring in Linguistics and Russian with a minor in psychology. Before studying Russian, she studied Latin for six years. It was then that she realized that she had an interest in learning how to read and write in a foreign language and became intrigued by the process of acquiring language. But learning about the building blocks of human language and how psychology interacts with language learning has always interested her. Syntax, semantics, and cognitive science are areas she hopes to explore in greater depth. Michelle is very excited to be involved in psycholinguistic research this year.
   
Faith Hoatson Faith Hoatson
Faith is a junior in the SAS Honors Program, double majoring in French and Linguistics, with minors in Asian Studies and Cognitive Science. Faith’s interests include language acquisition and historical linguistics, and after graduation she intends to pursue a PhD in one of these areas. On campus, Faith is the historian of the Rutgers University Speech and Hearing Club, a facilitator through the Conversation Tree, and a member of the Rutgers Club Swim team. She uses her free time to train for half-marathons, learn new languages, and read.
   
Zehra Husnain
Zehra Husnain
Zehra is a senior at Rutgers double majoring in Linguistics and Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Science. Her interests include developmental language and cognitive disabilities, fluency disorders, and articulatory issues. This is her second year in the lab, and she is excited to write her honors thesis this year, which will investigate how children between the ages of 4 and 6 interpret certain kinds of implicatures. Zehra hopes to further her education in graduate school and earn her degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She is also an intern at a private practice speech pathology office and a brother of Alpha Phi Omega. In her spare time, Zehra enjoys listening to music, working out, and spending time with her family and 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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