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Dr Marina Kalashnikova

Formerly at Lancaster University

Marina Kalashnikova

Research overview

My main research interest is early language acquisition, specializing in strategies and assumptions that form part of the word-learning process in infants, children, and adults. During my PhD, I have investigated the Mutual Exclusivity assumption in lexical acquisition, which refers to the assumption that every word form is mapped to a single referent. My work has focused on exploring the origins and developmental path of this assumption, as well as its relation to more general early socio-cognitive and linguistic abilities.

I am also interested in investigating the extent of the cognitive advantages associated with early bilingualism and their implications for the development of social understanding, metalinguistic awareness, and early literacy skills. 

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