News

  • 24 February 2022: Three abstracts from the lab were accepted for oral presentation at ICIS:

    • Bridging ethnographic and quantitative characterizations of Mayan developmental language environments with Isabella di Giovanni and Marisa Casillas;
    • A talk “What Counts as Verbal Input? Implications for Studying Child Language Development Across Populations” with Camila Scaff leading in the symposium Towards an Ethical and Inclusive Science of Language Development, headed up by Adriana Weisleder; and
    • A talk “Capturing daylong object handling patterns in two small-scale communities” with Kennedy Casey leading our lab group in the symposium Communication includes much more than speech: Everyday, multimodal contexts of infant learning, headed up by Jessica Kosie.
  • 8 January 2022: Bram Peute’s paper with Marisa Casillas on language input and early consonant production in Tseltal and Yélî Dnye was accepted pending minor revisions at Glossa. The preprint is available here.

  • 22 December 2021: Look out for these Chatter Lab presentations at CDS in Madison this coming April!:

    • Kennedy Casey is giving a talk entitled “Children’s shift from CDS to ADS vocabulary across early childhood” which is in the symposium Children’s exposure to and use of socially meaningful variation in language (led by Marisa Casillas)
    • A poster presentation by Natalie Dowling on “I dunno, I guess, I mean whatever: Children form a many-to-many pragmatic mapping of shrug gestures between early and late childhood”
    • A poster presentation by Alyssa Guillu on her work with the Rowe Lab at Harvard
  • 15 December 2021: The stellar Kennedy Casey’s first journal publication is now online at PLOS ONE, charting the representation of female vs. male protagonists in 60 years of children’s books. Double congratulations to Kennedy! Read it here.

  • 2 December 2021: Marisa Casillas (project lead), together with colleagues Sharese King, Ruthe Foushee, Adriana Weisleder, and Annette D’Onofrio was awarded a Neubauer Collegium Faculty Research Fund for their project “Roots of Linguistic Identity”. The project, which will begin in June 2022, will investigate how children from different dialect backgrounds across Chicago learn to recognize variability in the sounds and words of other dialects.

  • 29 November 2021: Mary Elliott and Marisa Casillas submitted a paper tracking the frequency with which children under age four and adults handle all kinds of objects during everyday life in two communities: Tseltal Mayan and Rossel Papuan. Read the preprint here.

  • 25 November 2021: Alex Cristia and Marisa Casillas submitted a revision to their paper on non-word repetition in Yélî Dnye. Fingers crossed! Read the preprint here.

  • 4 October 2021: We officially kicked off a new project “Object handling and early word learning environments in three cultural contexts”. Our new team of 5 undergraduates includes Anapaula Silva, Mara Duquette, Will Fisher, Lizzie Mickiewicz, and Kimberly Shorter, as well as Mary Elliott and Kennedy Casey. We will annotate many thousands of images taken from children’s perspective during their days at home in three cultural contexts: Papuan, Mayan, and US. This project is made possible by generous funding from the Gianinno family.