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Dr. Syrett gives invited talk at XPrag Workshop on Adjectives in Germany

Dr. Syrett gave an invited talk entitled, “Setting the standard and making comparisons in language acquisition” at the XPrag Workshop,” in The semantics and pragmatics of gradable adjectives: Integrating perspectives from linguistic theory, psycholinguistics and modeling” in Cologne, Germany. Don’t worry, it wasn’t all sightseeing outside of the workshop! Here’s proof Dr. Syrett was writing during … Read More

Zach defends his honors thesis

Zachary Dau defended his honors thesis, entitled, “The linguistic status of emojis,” under the direction of Dr. Syrett. Zach’s accomplishment writing an honors thesis earns him the status of a Paul Robeson scholar. Zach also presented his poster at the Linguistics and Cognitive Science Student Conference at the University of Delaware and the Aresty Undergraduate … Read More


Michele Goldin (Department of Spanish and Portuguese) will be presenting her joint work with Dr. Kristen Syrett and Dr. Liliana Sanchez (Dept of S&P) as a talk entitled “Easy come, easy go: Deictic verbs reveal crosslinguistic influence in Heritage speakers of Spanish” at the 49th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages hosted by the University of Georgia, Athens in … Read More


Michele Goldin (Department of Spanish and Portuguese) presented her joint work with Dr. Kristen Syrett and Dr. Liliana Sanchez (Dept of S&P) as a poster entitled “Come to think of it: Heritage speakers’ use of deictic verbs” at the Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition (GASLA) XV Conference hosted by the University of Nevada Reno in … Read More

Workshop on Current Investigations in Bilingualism

Dr. Kristen Syrett organized a Workshop for the Center for Cognitive Science on Current Investigations in Bilingualism, bringing in well-known researchers on various aspects of bilingualism and L2 learning for the one-day event. Dr. Syrett also joined her coauthors Dr. Jennifer Austin and Dr. Liliana Sanchez to present a talk as part of the workshop … Read More


Dr. Kristen Syrett and Athulya Aravind (a Ph.D. student at MIT and collaborator) presented their research as a poster entitled, “Investigating context sensitivity and vagueness in nominals in child and adult language,” at the 48thAnnual North East Linguistics Society (NELS) hosted by the University of Iceland in Reykjavik, Iceland. Athulya and Kristen had to make … Read More


Vandana Bajaj and Dr. Kristen Syrett presented a talk entitled, “Admitting –hiito the exclusive club” at the 5th Annual Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages (FASAL) Workshop at Yale in April. This research is part of Vandana’s dissertation work advised by Kristen.