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Marieke van Heugten, Ph.D.

MariekeAssistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Toronto
360 Park Hall
Buffalo, NY  14260
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Summary of research interests:

By the time they reach the preschool period, most children speak in full sentences, and the building blocks of this skill are in place long before that. My research examines how children accomplish this. How do infants and toddlers learn to recognize words from fluent speech? How do they learn to process the relationships between words in a sentence? And, most importantly, how do children use this acquired linguistic knowledge during language processing in their daily lives? Ultimately, my work aims to provide a better understanding of the developmental trajectory of spoken language processing from infancy to adulthood.


Representative publications:

  • Van Heugten, M., Krieger, D. R., & Johnson. E. K. (2015). The developmental trajectory of toddlers’ comprehension of unfamiliar regional accents. Language Learning and Development, 11(1)41-65doi: 10.1080/15475441.2013.879636
  • Van Heugten, M. & Johnson. E. K. (2014). Learning to contend with accents in infancy: Benefits of brief speaker exposure. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143(1), 430-450doi: 10.1037/a0032192
  • Van Heugten, M. & Johnson. E. K. (2010). Linking infants’ distributional learning abilities to natural language acquisition. Journal of Memory and Language, 63(2), 197-209. doi: 10.1016/j.jml.2010.04.001
  • Van Heugten, M. & Shi, R. (2009). French-learning toddlers use gender information on determiners during word recognition. Developmental Science, 12(3), 419-425. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2008.00788.x