What we do

We study how children learn languages. We’re especially interested in why children seem to be better at language learning than adults are. We want to find out whether there is something different about the way children learn or the way their brains are organized that makes language learning come naturally to them.


Publications

2022

Schuler, K.D. & Chen, Y. (in prep) Morphosyntactic variation is preserved, not regularized when an optional form is rare. Glossa Psycholinguistics

Chen, Y. & Schuler, K.D. (in prep) French Variable Ne-omission in Child-Directed Speech and Children’s Early Productions. Language Variation and Change

Li, D. & Schuler. K.D. (in revision) Acquiring recursive structures through distributional learning. Language Acquisition

Schuler, K.D., Yang, C., & Newport, E.L. (in revision) Children form productive rules when it is more computationally efficient. Journal of Memory and Language

Schuler, K.D., Lukens, K., Reeder, P.A., Newport, E.L. & Aslin, R.N. (in revision) Children can use distributional cues to acquire grammatical categories. Cognition

2021

Fama, M.E., Schuler, K.D., Newport, E.L., & Turkeltaub, P.E. (2021) Impacts of healthy aging and left hemisphere stroke on statistical language learning. Language Cognition and Neuroscience

Li, D. & Schuler, K. (2021) Distributional Learning of Recursive Structures Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Society

Austin, A., Schuler, K.D., Furlong, S. & Newport, E.L. (2021) Learning a language from inconsistent input: Regularization in child and adult learners. Language Learning and Development

Schuler, K.D. (2021) Exbuilder: a framework for doing reproducible research with docker containers. Available at: https://github.com/exbuilder/exbuilder

Pophristic, S. & Schuler, K.D. (2021) The role of gender in the acquisition of the Serbian case system. Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America, 6(1), 896–905.

2020

Chen, Y. & Schuler, K.D. (2020) Does Learner’s preference match the typological pattern of Animacy Hierarchy in morphological marking? Penn Working Papers in Linguistics.

Schuler, K. D., Kodner, J., & Caplan, S. (2020). Abstractions are good for brains and machines: A commentary on Ambridge (2020). First Language

2019

Culbertson, J.C. & Schuler, K.D. (2019). Artificial language learning in children. Annual Review of Linguistics.

2017

Schuler, K.D., Reeder, P.A., Newport, E.L., & Aslin, R.N. (2017) The effect of Zipfian frequency variations on category formation in adult artificial language learning. Language Learning and Development.

2016

Schuler, K.D., Yang, C. & Newport, E.L. (2016). Testing the Tolerance Principle: Children form productive rules when it is more computationally efficient to do so. In Papafragou, A., Grodner, D., Mirman, D., & Trueswell, J.C. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 38th annual meeting of the cognitive science society.

Schwab, J.F., Schuler, K.D., Stillman, C.M., Newport, E.L. Howard, J.H., & Howard, D.V. (2016) Aging and the Statistical Learning of Grammatical Form Classes. Psychology and Aging, 2016, 31, 481-487.

2010

Booth, A.E., Schuler, K., & Zajicek, R. (2010). Specifying the role of function in infant categorization. Infant Behavior and Development, 33(4), 672-684.


Recent presentations

Li, D. & Schuler, K. (2022) Adapting infant looking time paradigms for the web. Talk to be presented at ICIS 2022.

Li, D. & Schuler, K. (2022) Adapting infant looking time paradigms for the web. Poster presented at HSP 2022.

Li, D. & Schuler, K. (2022) Acquiring recursive structures through distributional learning. Talk presented at the LSA 2022.

Chen. Y., Altenhof, A., Kendrick, A. & Schuler, K. (2022) Adults regularize unpredictable variation when variants resemble possible speech errors. Talk presented at the LSA 2022

Chen, Y. & Schuler, K. (2021) The Acquisition of Variable Ne-omission in Parisian French. Talk presented at the Arizona Linguistics Circle 15

Chen, Y. & Schuler, K. (2021) The role of shared variation on the acquisition of variable rules. Talk presented at the Boston University Conference on Language Development

Chen, Y. & Schuler, K. (2021) The role of shared variation on the acquisition of variable rules. Talk presented at New Ways of Analyzing Variation 49

Li, D. & Schuler, K. (2021) Acquiring recursive structures through distributional learning. Talk presented at Recursion Across Languages. The intricacies of Babel

Alberski, A. & Schuler, K. (2021) The role of language context in the acquisition of novel words. Poster presented at CUNY 2021

Li, D. & Schuler, K. (2021) Acquiring recursive structures through distributional learning. Talk presented at CUNY 2021

Alberski, A. & Schuler, K. (2021) Learning words in linguistic contexts: using language to fast-map and acquire partial knowledge. Poster presented at SRCD 2021

Kendrick, A. & Schuler, K. (2021) Adults do not regularize unpredictable language variation, even when learning from an unreliable speaker. Talk presented at the 95th annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America.

Nam, S. & Schuler, K. (2021) The influence of verb information on learning novel words. Poster presented at the 95th annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America

Pophristic, S.N. & Schuler, K. (2021) The role of gender in the acquisition of the serbian case system. Poster presented at the 95th annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America.

Schuler, K. & Chen, Y. (2021) Morphosyntactic variation is preserved, not regularized, when an optional form is rare. Talk presented at the 95th annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America.