Cynthia L Fisher

Section 1

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
  • 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.


  • Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania
Section 2


Facilities Information

Parking Garage Update

The two parking garages have been evaluated and no structural issues were found. The problem is just in the exterior brickwork. These problems will be addressed and the garages reopened by the start of classes, although some work will continue into the fall semester.