Laboratory for Developmental Language Studies
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Word learning

Syrett, K. (2014). Mapping properties to individuals in language acquisition. Talk presented at the 39th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development.

Syrett, K. (2014). Acquisition of adjectives. In P. Brooks & V. Kempe (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Language Development. SAGE Reference Publications.

Syrett, K., Arunachalam, S., & Waxman, S. R. (2014). Slowly but surely: Adverbs support verb learning in 2-year-olds. Language Learning and Development.

Arunachalam, S., Syrett, K., & Waxman, S. R. (2012). Can adverbs call attention to manner of motion for 2-year-olds learning verbs? In A. Biller, E. Chung, and A. Kimball (Eds.), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Syrett, K., Musolino, J., & Gelman, R. (2012). How can syntax support number word acquisition? Language Learning and Development.

Syrett, K., Musolino, J., & Gelman, R. (2012). Number word acquisition: Bootstrapping, cardinality and beyond. (reply to commentaries). Language Learning and Development.

Syrett, K., & Lidz, J. (2010). 30-month-olds use the distribution and meaning of adverbs to interpret novel adjectives. Language Learning and Development, 6, 258-282.

Word meaning and Sentence interpretation

Syrett, K. (to appear). Comparatives and degree constructions. Oxford Handbook of Developmental Linguistics.

Syrett, K., & Musolino, J. (under revision). All together now: Collectivity, distributivity, and the semantics of together in child and adult language.

Arii, T., Syrett, K., & Goro, T. (2014). Setting the standard in the acquisition of Japanese and English comparatives. Talk presented at the 50th Chicago Linguistic Society, April 10-12, University of Chicago.

Gor, V., & Syrett, K. (2014). Picking up after sloppy children: What pronouns reveal about children's analysis of English comparative constructions. Talk presented at the 39th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development.

Syrett, K., & Musolino, J. (2013). Collectivity, distributivity, and the interpretation of plural numerical expressions in child and adult language. Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 20, 259-291.

Syrett, K. (2013). The role of cardinality in the interpretation of measurement expressions. Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 20, 228-240.

Achimova, A., Crosby, C., Déprez, V., Syrett, K., & Musolino, J. (2013). Which account of wh-/quantifier interaction should everyone adopt? A new take on a classic developmental puzzle. In Proceedings of the 37th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Syrett, K., Kennedy, C., Musolino, J., Buco, S., & Starcher, K. (2012). Acquiring the non-exact reading of numerical expressions: What semantics says you have to do and what pragmatics allows. Poster presented at the 37th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development.

Syrett, K., & Lidz, J. (2011). Competence, performance and the locality of Quantifier Raising: Evidence from 4-year-old children. Linguistic Inquiry, 42, 305-337.

Syrett, K. (2010). The representation and processing of measure phrases by four-year-olds. In K. Franich, K. Iserman, & L. Keil (Eds.), Proceedings of the 34th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (pp. 421-432). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Syrett, K., Kennedy, C., & Lidz, J. (2010). Meaning and context in children’s understanding of gradable adjectives. Journal of Semantics, 27, 1-35.

Syrett, K., & Lidz, J. (2009). QR in child grammar: Evidence from Antecedent-Contained Deletion. Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 16, 67-81.

Syrett, K., Bradley, E., Kennedy, C., & Lidz, J. (2006). Shifting standards: Children’s understanding of gradable adjectives. In K. Ud Deen, J. Nomura, B. Schulz, & B. D. Schwartz (Eds.), Proceedings of the Inaugural Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition - North America, Honolulu, HI (pp. 353-364). Cambridge, Mass: UConn Occasional Papers in Linguistics 4.

Sound, meaning, and context

Syrett, K., Simon, G., & Nisula, K. (2015). Prosodic disambiguation of scopally ambiguous sentences in a discourse context. Journal of Linguistics.

Simon, G., & Syrett, K. (2014). Meaning what you say, or saying it the way you mean it: Suprasegmental cues to non-literal meaning. Poster presented in the Experimental Pragmatics session of the 27th Annual CUNY Sentence Processing conference, March 13-14, at The Ohio State University.

Syrett, K., & Kawahara, S. (2013). Production and perception of listener-oriented clear speech in child language. Journal of Child Language, 1-17.

Déprez, V., Syrett, K., & Kawahara, S. (2013). The interaction of syntax, prosody, and discourse in licensing French wh-in-situ questions. Lingua, 124, 4-19.

Déprez, V., Syrett, K., & Kawahara, S. (2013). Interfacing information and prosody: French wh-in-situ questions. Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory (selected papers from Going Romance 24). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Syrett, K., Nisula, K., Simon, G., Klimashousky, S. (2011). The contribution of information structure and prosody in sentence disambiguation in English. Poster presented at Experimental and Theoretical Advances in Prosody (ETAP) 2, September 23-25. McGill University, Montréal, Canada.

Syrett, K., Kawahara, S., Greenberg, L., & Kelliher, M. (in preparation). Perception and production of children’s clear speech.

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