SRCLD with our expanded crew!

So happy to be at Symposium on Research in Child Language Disorders with old friends and new colleagues. So much to learn from smart people.

Congratulations to Lab Graduates!!

Saturday was a beautiful day and we were so happy to congratulate Santy on his PhD, Laura and Gaby on the Bachelor’s degrees and Holly gave awards to our amazing associated faculty, Alejandra, María Elena and Leila.

More Piecewise Structural Equation Modeling! This time of the collective implicature.

Great work by Ramón Padilla-Reyes, Melissa Nieves Rivera and Morgan Oates in understanding the role played by multiple dimensions of cognition in collective-distributive sentence interpretation. This is our second project using Piecewise Structural Equation Modeling, with help from SEM experts Jonathan Lefcheck and David Melamed.

See section 3 of our new article in Language Acquisition for our attempt at explaining how to use the statistic and why it requires dramatically less statistical power than does conventional structural equation modeling.

Also fun to think about combinatorics and sentence complexity, with help from my cousin, Charles Grinstead. Thank you, Charles!

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 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.