Overt Subject Pronouns Diagnose Kids with Developmental Language Disorder/SLI

Congratulations Kendra, Pedro Antonio, Ana and Blanca! In their new JSLHR article, these smarties show that overt subject pronoun use in monolingual child Spanish-speakers can identify with those with DLD/SLI with high degrees of sensitivity and specificity. Overt subject pronoun use in switch-reference contexts identifies 84% of DLD kids, by itself. Add in MLUw and you get 100% of kids with DLD.

Excellent use of variationist morphosyntactic research techniques with spontaneous production data from atypical language development.

Professor Pratt!!

She’s a cat person! Bearcat, that is!

Congratulations on your new position as Assistant Professor on the faculty of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Cincinnati! It’s been a long road from Spanish Advanced Grammar in 2005 to where you are today, but we couldn’t be prouder!! Go Amy!!

Congratulations on your successful Dissertation Defense, Melissa!

On Wednesday, Melissa Nieves Rivera successfully defended her very interesting dissertation “On the relation between (Non) Exact Interpretations of Numerals and Language: Integrating Two Independent Cognitive Systems”

We are so proud of all of your hard work, especially running experiments during the pandemic. Go Melissa!

Amy & Katy SEM talk at SRCLD!

Congratulations Amy, Katy, Liz and Lisa on your SRCLD presentation using structural equation modeling to explain bilingual reading development!

Really brilliant work.

Buckeye Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology Program

We are delighted to announce that Ohio State will be establishing a Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology Program at the graduate level over the next several years. This is being made possible as part of President Johnson’s RAISE Initiative to address inequities in race and ethnicity in higher education.

Speech and Hearing Science and Spanish and Portuguese will each run a search for assistant professors in bilingual language disorders in Fall ’22. Thank you to all who helped!!

Read more here.

Congratulations, Melissa and Kendra!!!

In case anybody wondered whether our Department’s Graduate Teaching Associates were the best on campus, of the 23 Graduate Associate Teaching Award recipients for 2022, no less than *3* of them are from our department. 2 of them are from our lab!!!!!!!

  • Go Kendra Dickinson!!!!!
  • Go Melissa Nieves Rivera!!!!

Apparently there’s something in the water in Hagerty Hall!!

To be clear, these students are chosen from among 2000 Graduate Teaching Associates at Ohio State, so they are the top 1% of graduate instructors at the university. Read more about the award here.

This is an extraordinarily high honor, and a real testament to their expertise in and commitment to teaching. We are so proud of you both!!!

Congratulations, Sabrina!

Congratulations on defending your undergraduate thesis, Sabrina! We are losing a smart, hard-working RA, but some lucky SLP program is getting a great MA student!!

QEPD/RIP Donna Jackson-Maldonado

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Professor Donna Jackson-Maldonado, mentor, friend and colleague of our lab. Scholarship and science is poorer for her loss, though her contributions to our understanding of child language development will live on. Our most sincere condolences to Donna’s family and co-workers at the UAQ. May we all take inspiration from her spirit and joie de vivre.