ChiLDlab studies the language abilities of our most expert language learners: young children. We combine cutting-edge research in linguistics and cognitive development to better understand the remarkable human capacity for language.
Language is a uniquely human ability. How do children acquire that ability so quickly, and seemingly so effortlessly? Why doesn't our pet Fido? Why is it so hard for engineers to build a computer that can communicate half as well? Linguistic scientists have been hard at work for more than half a century trying to find answers to these questions.
ChiLDlab tackles the question of how children figure out the meanings of words and sentences. Sometimes parents point out the things they're referring to, but other times we wouldn't even know to point to: what is the meaning of every, most, or the? Yet, kids have little trouble figuring it out. How do they do that?
We are busily designing new studies, hiring and training new lab members, preparing the results of our studies to share with the wider scientific community, and seeking new opportunities for collaboration. Read our latest news here!
ChiLDlab wouldn't run without the hard work and enthusiasm of its awesome staff, students, and faculty. And we are always looking for new lab members! Read more about past and present personnel here, and find out how to get involved!
ChiLDlab was founded in 2015 by Principle Investigator, Alexis Wellwood. We already have a good start, producing literature at the frontiers of language acquisition inquiry. Find out more about our latest projects and publications here!