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Ilana, Kat, and Talia defend their senior honors thesis work!

The thesis defenses may have been virtual, but these amazing women pulled it off in style! We are so proud of Kathryn Slusarczyk, Ilana Torres, and Talia Lang for successfully defending their honors thesis research advised by Dr. Syrett! Kat also received highest honors, and Ilana was awarded the Department’s Excellence in Research Award. Well … Read More

2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium

The undergraduate research assistants from the lab presented two posters representing the lab’s ongoing research at the annual Aresty Undergraduate Research Symposium. Well done, everyone! Word learning through the use of discourse connectives Michelle Goldberg, Samantha Placanica, Nate Serio, Ilana Torres (with Caley Howland, Morgan Moyer, and Dr. Syrett) A cross-linguistic investigation of perspective-taking verbs … 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


Dr. Syrett presented a talk at BUCLD 43 in collaboration with researchers at Northwestern (Dr. Sandy Waxman, Sandy Latourrette, Brock Ferguson) entitled, “Crying helps, but being sad doesn’t: Verbs, but not adjectives, constrain referent selection for novel nouns through age three.” Dr. Kristen Syrett, Morgan Moyer, and Zehra Husnain also presented a talk at the 43rdAnnual … Read More

Lab Featured in SAS publication

Dr. Kristen Syrett and the Laboratory for Developmental Language Studies as part of the Center for Cognitive Science have been featured in the Spring 2018 edition of the School of Arts and Sciences ‘Access’ Magazine. Research Assistants Maggy Fread and Aida Bahrami were highlighted in the interview, and SAS tweeted about Aida and her career … Read More