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Cynthia L Fisher

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Division: 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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Psychology Bldg Roof Project: Re-roofing

The storm at the beginning of June caused a large amount of water to get beneath the new roof membrane. Unfortunately this means that the new roof has to be removed an replaced. The re-roofing has begun. The north and west sides are done, and the roofing crew is working on the south and east sides. When the re-roofing is complete, then some flashing and waterproofing work are needed to complete the project. We hope the entire roof project will be done by October 1.