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Cynthia L Fisher

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Program Area: Developmental

Professor of Linguistics
Professor of Psychology
Beckman Institute

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Contact Information:

  • Address:
    University of Illinois
    Dept. of Psychology, MC-716
    619 Psychology Building
    603 E. Daniel St.
    Champaign, IL 61820
    USA
  • Telephone: (217)333-3545
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Research Description

Children rapidly acquire the grammar and vocabulary of their native languages. My research explores how they manage this. For example, what information do children use to figure out the meanings of verbs? In a series of studies in which novel verbs are taught to preschoolers in different grammatical contexts, children interpret verbs in different sentence structures as describing different aspects of the same events. Other work in my lab explores special properties of speech addressed to young children and infants, and young children's representation of speech they hear. These lines of research suggest that young children can use isomorphisms between levels of linguistic structures to gain access to successively deeper analyses of language, from sound to syntax to meaning.

Education

  • Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania
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Building Remodeling Projects

Click on the title to check out these pictures from the classroom remodeling project in the basement. A second project to replace the elevators will begin in September. Beginning with the freight elevator, each elevator will be out of service for three months. To get quickly from one floor to another, and improve your fitness, we will encourage the use of the stairs. The repainting of the northeast stairwell has been completed, and the painter is starting on the southwest stairwell.