The Child Language Lab studies how young children learn language through interacting with the world and the people around them.

We seek to explain individual differences in language development through understanding children’s learning abilities and their early experiences with language and communication. We are also interested in how social, cultural, and economic factors shape the contexts in which children develop and affect their learning trajectories.

To study this, we conduct eye-tracking experiments, analyze daylong recordings of infants’ natural learning environments, and evaluate real-world interventions.

A key goal of our research is to inform the development of approaches for supporting healthy development in children from economically, culturally, and linguistically diverse backgrounds.