Research Papers

New Research Directions (Informal Science, Picturebooks)
Tense & Aspect (Acquisition and more)
Developmental Sociolinguistics (including the ORDDR work)
Children’s Language Acquisition (general)
Early Event Cognition

 New Research Directions: Informal Science, Picturebooks

Wagner, L., Speer, S. R., Moore, L. C., McCullough, E. A., Ito, K., Clopper, C. G., & Campbell-Kibler, K. (2015).  Linguistics in a science museum: Integrating research, teaching, and outreach in a language sciences research lab.  Language and Linguistics Compass 9, 420-431

Wagner, L. (2017) Factors influencing Parents’ Preferences and parents’ Perceptions of Child Preferences of Picturebooks. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, Article 1448 (September).

Wagner, L. (2013) By the numbers: A quantitative content analysis of chidlren’s picturebooks. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, Article 850 (November).



Tense & Aspect (Acquisition and more!)

Fedder, J.C. & Wagner, L. (2015).  Being up front: Narrative context and aspectual choice.  Language and Cognition 7, 239 – 264.

Wagner, L. (2012) First Language Acquisition. In Binnick, R. (ed), The Oxford Handbook of Tense and Aspect. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 458 – 480.

Wagner, L. (2010) Inferring Meaning from Syntactic Structures in Acquisition: The Case of Transitivity and Telicity. Language and Cognitive Processes 25, 1354 – 1379.

Wagner, L. (2009)  I’ll Never Grow Up: Continuity in Aspectual Representations.  Linguistics 47 (5), 1051 – 1074.

Wagner, L. (2006) Aspectual Bootstrapping in Language Acquisition: Telicity and Transitivity. Language Learning and Development 2(1), 51 – 76.

Wagner, L. and S. Carey (2003) Individuation of Objects & Events: A Developmental Study. Cognition 90 (2), 163 – 191.

Wagner, L. (2002) Understanding Completion Entailments in the Absence of Agency Cues. Journal of Child Language 29, 109 – 125.

Wagner, L. (2001) Aspectual Influences on Early Tense Interpretation. Journal of Child Language 28, 661 – 681.



Developmental Sociolinguistics  (and also please see the ORDDR website)

McCullough, E.A., Clopper, C. G., & Wagner, L.  (2019).  Regional dialect perception across the lifespan: Identification and discriminationLanguage and Speech 62 (1),115 – 136.

Jones, Z., Yan, Q., Wagner, L., & Clopper, C. (2017).  The development of dialect classification across the lifespanJournal of Phonetics 60, 20 – 37.

Wagner, L., Vega-Mendoza, M., Van Horn, S. (2014).  Social and linguistic cues facilitate children’s register comprehensionFirst Language, 34,  299 – 314.

Wagner, L., Clopper, C. G., & Pate, J. (2014).  Children’s perception of dialect variationJournal of Child Language, 41,  1062 – 1084.

Wagner, L., Dunfield, K., & Rohrbeck, K. (2014)  Children’s use of social cues when learning conventionsJournal of Cognition and Development, 15,  479 – 494.

Clopper, C., Rohrbeck, K. L. & Wagner, L. (2013) Perception of talker age by young adults with High-Functioning Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43 134 – 146.

Clopper, C., Rohrbeck, K. L. & Wagner, L. (2012) Perception of dialect variation by young adults with high functioning Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 41, 740 – 754.

Wagner, L., Greene-Havas, M. & Gillespie, R. (2010) Development in Children’s Comprehension of Linguistic Register. Child Development 81, 1678 – 1685.



Children’s Language Acquisition  (General)

Ito, K., Bibyk, S., Wagner, L., & Speer, S.R. (2014) Interpretation of contrastive pitch accent in 6- to 11-year-old English Speaking children (and adults). Journal of Child Language 41, 84 – 110.

Candan, A., Küntay, A. C., Yeh, Y., Cheung, H., Wagner, L., & Naigles, L. R., (2012) Language and age effects in children’s processing of word order. Cognitive Development 27, 205-221.

Wagner, L. (2010) Acquisition of Semantics. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science 1 (4), 519 – 526 .

Wagner, L., Swenson, L., & Naigles, L. (2009) Children’s Early Productivity with Verbal Morphology. Cognitive Development 24, 223 – 239.

Barner, D., Wagner, L., & Snedeker, J. (2008)  Events and the ontology of individuals: Verbs as a source of individuating nouns. Cognition 105, 805 – 832.

Wagner, L., E. Kako, E. Amick, E. Carrigan, and K. Liu (2005) Children’s Use of Pointing to Anchor Reference during Story-telling. In Brugos, A., M. R. Clark-Cotton, and S. Ha (eds) Proceedings of the 29th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville: Cascadilla Press. 639-650.

Kako, E. & L. Wagner (2001) The Semantics of Syntactic Structures. Trends in Cognitive Science, Vol 5 no. 3, 102 – 108.



Early Event Cognition

Wagner, L. (2009) Manners and Goals in Pre-Linguistic Thought: The Origins of Aspectual Construal. In Chandlee, J., Franchini, M., Lord, S., & Rheiner, G. (eds) Proceedings of the 33rd annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville: Cascadilla Press.

Wagner, L. and Lakusta, L. (2009) Using Language to Navigate the Infant Mind. Perspectives on Psychological Science 4 (2), 177 – 184.

Wagner, L., A. Yocom, M. Greene-Havas (2008) Children’s Understanding of Directed Motion Events in an Imitation Choice TaskJournal of Experimental Child Psychology 100, 264 – 275.

Lakusta, L., L. Wagner, K. O’Hearn, B. Landau (2007) Conceptual Foundations of Spatial Language: Evidence for a Goal Bias in InfantsLanguage Learning and Development 3(3), 179 – 197.

Wagner, L. and S. Carey (2005) 12-month-olds Represent Probable Endings of Motion Events. Infancy 7 (1), 73 – 83.