Language Development Lab
The Mills College Language Development Lab is under the direction of Dr. Priya Mariana Shimpi in the School of Education. Our goal is to study the social and linguistic influences contributing to children's communicative development, from approximately 6 months through 6 years of age. Our studies examine:
• How infants, toddlers, and young children develop one or multiple languages
• How toddlers learn from direct instruction and from overhearing/observing others
• How young children develop a sense of self
• How children gain information from different sources: adults, children, siblings, video, and other media
• How differences in children's experience (e.g., having a sibling) relate to differences in learning and attention
• How picturebook reading helps children use complex sentences.
Early Experience and Language Development
Shimpi, P., Fedewa, A., & Hans, S. (in press). Social and linguistic input in low-income African American mother-infant dyads from one month through two years: Relations to vocabulary development. Applied Psycholinguistics.
O’Doherty, K., Troseth, G., Shimpi, P., Goldenberg, E., Akhtar, N., & Saylor, M. (in press). Third-party social interaction and word learning from video. Child Development.
Shneidman, L., Sootsman Buresh, J., Shimpi, P., Knight-Schwartz, J., & Woodward, A. (2009). Social experience, social attention and word learning in an overhearing paradigm. Language Learning and Development, 5, 1–16.
Shimpi, P., & Huttenlocher, J. (2007). Maternal labels and infant attention: Relations to early vocabulary development. Journal of Child Language, 34, 1–15.
Development of Syntax
Vasilyeva, M., Waterfall, H., Gámez, P., Gόmez, L., Bowers, E., & Shimpi, P. (2010). Cross-Linguistic syntactic priming in Spanish-English bilingual children. Journal of Child Language 37(5), 1047-1064.
Gámez, P., Shimpi, P., Waterfall, H., & Huttenlocher, J. (2009). Priming a perspective in Spanish monolingual children: The use of syntactic alternatives. Journal of Child Language, 36(2),269–290.
Shimpi, P., Gámez, P., Huttenlocher, J., & Vasilyeva, M. (2007). Using syntactic priming to track emerging linguistic representations of transitive and dative constructions. Developmental Psychology, 43, 6, 1334–1346.Huttenlocher, J., Vasilyeva, M., & Shimpi, P. (2004). Syntactic priming in young children. Journal of Memory and Language, 50, 182–195.
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