Who we are

We’re a small team of researchers in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania studying how children learn languages. We’re proud members of MindCORE (Penn’s hub for the integrative study of the mind), the Penn Child Development Labs, and the Social and Cultural Evolution Working Group at Penn.


Our team


Get to know us

Meet our lab members and celebrate the many languages they love through story books! Lab members select a favorite children’s book and read them aloud.

The Mitten (English)

Linguistics department graduate student Christine Soh shares one of her favorite childhood stories: The Mitten.


The Cat that Lived a Million Times (Chinese)

Former lab research assistant Iris Zhong reads a favorite story: The cat that lived a million times.


Billy und Lotta und der böse Nachbar (German)

Research assistant Katarina Siggelkow reads her favorite story: Billy und Lotta und der böse Nachbar.


Monkeys Fishing for the Moon (Chinese)

Lab graduate student Daoxin Li reads a favorite children’s story: Monkeys Fishing for the Moon.


The Snowy Day (English)

Lab ressearch assistant Tula Childs reads a favorite children’s story: The Snowy Day.


The Dot (English)

Lab research assistant Cynthia Gu reads a favorite children’s story: The Dot.