WELCOME

The Language and Cognition Lab is directed by Dr. Anna Papafragou, Associate Professor of Psychology. Research in our lab focuses on language acquisition and the relation between linguistic and perceptual/conceptual representations.

This area of study draws on multiple disciplines including developmental and cognitive psychology, psycholinguistics, and theoretical linguistics. We are particularly interested in exploring the differences between universal and language-specific aspects of language acquisition and whether and how those differences might affect (non-linguistic) cognition. To do so, we compare children and adults who speak different languages.

We have a wide network of collaborators, both in the US and internationally, and we conduct experiments around the world, including sites in the United States, Greece, Germany, Turkey, Korea, and indigenous Mayan communities in Mexico.

Our work has received funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

FEATURED NEWS & AWARDS

2014: Ercenur Unal's poster was selected as a finalist in the Poster Competition at the 13th International Congress for the Study of Child Language (IASCL).

2012: Angela Yung, an undergraduate in our lab, has been awarded a Summer Fellowship from the Undergraduate Research Office.

2011: Sarah Solomon has won the Sigma Xi Senior Thesis Award and the Halsey McPhee Undergraduate Award for her thesis "The effects of linguistic categories on color perception", co-advised by Anna Papafragou and Jim Hoffman.
2011: Adrienne Pinto, an undergraduate in our lab, has won a Psi Chi Summer Research Fellowship and a second Summer Fellowship from the Undergraduate Research Office. More...

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

2014

Skordos, D., and Papafragou, A., Lexical, syntactic and semantic-geometric factors in the acquisition of motion predicates. Developmental Psychology 50: 1985-1998. More...

2014

Ozturk, O., and Papafragou, A., The acquisition of epistemic modality: From semantic meaning to pragmatic interpretation. Language Learning and Development online, 1-24. More...

2014

Johanson, M., and Papafragou, A., What does children's spatial language reveal about spatial concepts? Cognitive Science 38: 1-30. More...

2013

Hafri, A., Papafragou, A., and Trueswell, J., Getting the gist of events: Recognition of two-participant actions from brief displays. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 142: 880-905. More...

2013

Bunger, A., Papafragou, A., and Trueswell, J., Event structure influences language production: Evidence from structural priming in motion event description. Journal of Memory and Language 69: 299-323. More...

2012

Bunger, A., Trueswell, J., and Papafragou, A., The relation between event apprehension and utterance formation in children: Evidence from linguistic omissions. Cognition 122: 135-149. More...