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Dr Barbora Skarabela


I am a linguist. My main research area is child language development. I am interested in how the linguistic forms and structures children are exposed to influence their early language development.

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Dr Bonnie Auyeung


My work is focused on understanding the role of prenatal factors on early development. These studies aim to provide a better understanding of early brain and behavioural development.

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Professor Holly Branigan


My research focuses on typical and atypical children’s grammatical knowledge and processing: how they combine individual words to form an infinite number of complex sentences, and the factors that affect their grammatical choices.

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Dr Alex Doumas


A human child is the ultimate learning machine, far out-pacing what current computers can achieve. I am interested in understanding the cognitive basis of this ability.

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Dr Hugh Rabagliati


Language provides a code for learning and teaching new and complex ideas. I study the mental representations and mechanisms that we use to translate from concepts and ideas to words and sentences.

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Dr Mits Ota


With my team at ELfLanD (Edinburgh Laboratory for Language Development), I study how language develops in infants and young children and enjoy being mesmerised by the capacity of the young human mind.

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Dr Nicolas Chevalier


I am interested in how children develop efficient cognitive control, which is one of the best predictors of critical life outcomes such as health, academic achievement, income, and criminality.
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Dr Jennifer Culbertson


I study the development of grammatical knowledge in children, and how the way children learn influences the types of languages we see across the world.
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Prof. Kenny Smith


I study language evolution. I investigate the evolutionary origins of the uniquely human ability to learn language, and how languages evolve as they are passed from person to person.

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Dr Lauren Hadley


When we perform any action, from completing a sum to playing the piano, we first need to figure out what our aim is. I’m interested in how children plan, represent, and achieve goals, and how this changes during learning.