Cynthia A C Lukyanenko

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Research Description

I am interested in young children's acquisition of syntax, especially how children learn about and from syntactic dependencies in language. Syntactic dependencies are abstract relationships between elements of a sentence, which makes them excellent tools for exploring a variety of issues in developmental psycholinguistics: for investigating children's developing structural knowledge and online processing abilities, and how children turn patterns in the linguistic input into grammatical rules.

Recently I have been investigating children's knowledge of subject-verb agreement in English: I have shown that 3-year-olds use an agreeing verb as a cue to grammatical number of the subject during online comprehension, and that they rely primarily on grammatical number (not the actual number of objects present) when choosing agreeing forms in their own speech.


  • Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A. in Developmental Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • B.A. in Linguistics, University of Maryland, College Park


Book Contributions

  • Lukyanenko, Cynthia, and Cynthia Fisher. "30-month-olds use verb agreement features in online sentence processing." Proceedings of the 38th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. 2014.

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Psychology Bldg Roof Project Begins Spring Break

The project to reroof the Psychology Building will begin on March 22, at the start of spring break. The BIKE AREA will close earlier in March to allow for staging. The ATRIUM will be closed for two weeks starting on March 22.