Associate Professor

Department of Psychology
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06268-1020

Office : 151 Bousfield
Email : heather.bortfeld@uconn.edu
Phone : (860) 486-0919
Fax : (860) 486-2760

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Research 

I am interested in how language experience influences linguistic and conceptual knowledge in infants, young children, and adult native and non-native speakers. My research can be characterized as following three distinct lines, all addressing experiential and contextual influences on language development and use. One line focuses on how cues in the verbal signal help preverbal infants pull words out of fluent speech. A second line concerns what infants and young children know about the relationship between the form of a sentence and its meaning in the world. A third line examines the interactive nature of communication and how processing biases both influence and are influenced by this interaction. Data from research on all three of these topics highlight the role of experience in guiding the development of perceptual and conceptual knowledge and the importance of context in shaping this experience.


Los Angeles Times Editorial about our work

Youtube video discussing the source of speech disfluencies

 

Questions? E-mail me at: heather.bortfeld@uconn.edu