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Syrett, Kristen
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Syrett, Kristen
Assistant Professor

Phone: 848-445-1600

Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2007

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Other, Center for Cognitive Science, School of Arts and Sciences, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
First language acquisition, linguistic and cognitive development, adult language representation and processing, semantics, syntax-semantics interface, pragmatics, prosody
Academic Interests and Plans
In my research, I investigate the way that language encodes the measurement of quantities--whether along a continuous dimension such as size, or of discrete units such as members of a set of objects or events--and what language learners and experienced language users know about this. The main topics I investigate include gradable adjectives, numerals, quantifiers, measure phrases, and comparisons. I have also recently begun investigating issues related to the interaction of prosody, information structure, and syntax.

At the heart of my work is the intersection of formal linguistic theory and careful psycholinguistic experimentation. The questions that drive my research arise from theoretical claims about semantic representations, the syntax-semantics mapping, the language acquisition process, and how language and cognition interact.

I use a variety of methodologies, motivated by the topic under investigation and the ages of the participants in my studies. These include judgment and forced choice tasks, the visual world paradigm, act-out tasks, preferential looking, analysis of speech, speech perception tasks, and reaction time measures.