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The Department of Speech & Hearing Science
College of Applied Health Sciences

Applied Psycholinguistics Lab

Welcome to the Applied Psycholinguistics Lab.

Children attain the power of human language as they develop the ability to comprehend and produce sentences effortlessly. This expressive power is attained during the preschool years through a productive grammar that allows speakers to predicate anything about any subject for any time. Our recent work documents that children develop grammar in a relatively uniform sequence, but they differ substantially in the rates of grammatical development. We are currently investigating the relative contributions of biological, environmental, and developmental predictors of these individual differences. This will help us to identify young children at-risk for language impairments at younger ages and design more effective early grammatical interventions to develop the language readiness needed for school success.

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