- Chatter Lab has temporarily relocated to Pick Hall while Green Hall is undergoing important renovations to increase building accessibility.
- We bid our farewells to Ruthe Foushee, Claire Bergey, and Kennedy Casey as they took off for their next exciting opportunities.
- Subin Kim joined the lab as the new lab manager.
- Sarah Sommer and Lizzie Mickiewicz presented their summer work in the lab at the College Summer Institute.
- Jordyn Martin, Yuchen Jin, and Kennedy Casey had abstracts accepted at MPaL and BUCLD. Congratulations!
- Natalie Dowling will soon start up a new position as an Assistant Instructional Professor in Psychology in the UChicago MAPSS program. Congratulations, Natalie!
- Isabella di Giovanni passed her TR and is graduating with her MA! Congratulations, Isabella!
- Chatter Lab members Emily Chan, Jordyn Martin, Mia Rimmer, and Kimberly Shorter graduated from the college. Congratulations!
- We welcomed Alex Klerman as a new research assistant and Sarah Kelso as an undergraduate honors thesis student.
- Jordyn Martin rejoined the lab as a postbac staff member for the next year.
- Marisa Casillas received an NSF CAREER award for her project entitled Investigating the Noun Bias in Early Language Acquisition. Read more here!
- Mara Duquette and Alexander Stern presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium about the work they completed in the Chatter Lab last summer. Check out their posters here and here.
- The Chatter Lab begin its first in-person infant study! In this project led by Mandy Seccia, we are using fNIRS to measure English-learning infants’ phoneme discrimination.
- Lizzie Mickiewicz and Sarah Sommer received College Summer Institute grants to work in the lab this summer!
- Marisa Casillas’s paper with Alejandrina Cristia, Ruthe Foushee, Paulina Aravena-Bravo, Margaret Cychosz, and Camila Scaff was published in the Journal of Child Language. Read it here.
- The Chatter Lab welcomed three new undergraduate RAs (Carla Escalante, Mia Rimmer, and Ruby Swensen) to the team!
- Camila Scaff received funding through the Center for International Social Science Research to join us this summer! Read about her project with Marisa Casillas, Implementing a cross-cultural field-friendly infant-directed speech preference study, here.
There were several Chatter Lab presentations at the Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD):
- Marisa Casillas gave an invited symposium talk (Bringing the babylab to the field), and she led the student workshop (Crash course in field methods for studying child language development in rural and small-scale contexts)
- Isabella di Giovanni gave a talk (Infant-directed communicative acts in a Tseltal Mayan community)
- Kennedy Casey presented poster (From doggy to dog: Developmental shifts in children’s use of register-specific words)
- Bram Peute’s paper with Marisa Casillas on language input and early consonant production in Tseltal and Yélî Dnye is now out at Glossa! Read it here.
- The Chatter Lab welcomed three new students!
- Yuchen Jin joined the lab as a PhD student in the Department of Comparative Human Development.
- Kimberly Shorter and Jordyn Martin joined the lab as undergraduate honors thesis students.
- Jenny Bo completed her Master’s degree through MAPSS. Congratulations, Jenny!
- The Chatter Lab had an exciting, conference-heavy summer with presentations at ICIS, ISGS, and CogSci. Here’s the full lineup:
- Children’s everyday language experiences across urban and rural contexts (Invited CogSci talk by Marisa Casillas in the symposium Cognition Across Diverse Populations)
- Immature vocalizations simplify the speech of Tseltal Mayan and US caregivers (CogSci talk by Steven Elmlinger, with Marisa Casillas)
- Getting to the root of linguistic alignment: Testing the predictions of Interactive Alignment across developmental and biological variation in language skill (CogSci talk by Ruthe Foushee)
- Sticks, leaves, buckets, and bowls: Distributional patterns of children’s at-home object handling in two subsistence societies (CogSci talk by Kennedy Casey, with Marisa Casillas and many RA co-authors)
- From doggy to dog: Developmental shifts in children’s use of register-specific words (CogSci talk by Kennedy Casey)
- I dunno - I guess - I mean whatever: Children form a many-to-many pragmatic mapping of shrug gestures between early and late childhood (ISGS talk by Natalie Dowling)
- Nonreferential gestures don’t always flock together (ISGS talk by Natalie Dowling)
- Bridging ethnographic and quantitative characterizations of Mayan developmental language environments (ICIS talk by Isabella di Giovanni)
- What counts as verbal input? Implications for studying child language development across populations (ICIS talk by Camila Scaff and Marisa Casillas)
- Capturing daylong object handling patterns in two small-scale communities (ICIS talk by Kennedy Casey)
- Using daylong recordings to characterize sleep and speech activities in three subsistence populations (ICIS poster by Camila Scaff)
- Natalie Dowling successfully defended her dissertation: Obviously I Don’t Know but Whatever: Emblematic and Pragmatic Uses of Shrug Gestures in Early Childhood and Adolescence. Congratulations, Dr. Dowling! She will return to the lab as a postdoctoral fellow in the fall.
- Three new research assistants joined our team for the summer, including Alexander Stern, Sarah Sommer, and Carla Suarez Soto.
- 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.
- 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.
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
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.
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. Read more here.
- Alex Cristia and Marisa Casillas submitted a revision to their paper on non-word repetition in Yélî Dnye. Fingers crossed! Read the preprint here.
- 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.