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Dr Silke Brandt


Silke Brandt

County South

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YL

United Kingdom

Tel: + 44 1524 594473

Location: C48

Research overview

I do corpus analyses and experimental studies to investigate how children's comprehension and productive use of specific (complex) linguistic structures is guided by the form and function of these and related structures in their input. I see language acquisition as a general learning process and also look at interactions between linguistic and social-cognitive development.

PhD supervision

I would be happy to receive applications in any of these areas: first language acquisition (especially formal and functional aspects of syntax), sentence processing, language and Theory of Mind development, cognitive/ usage-based linguistics & construction grammar.

Research Interests

Language acquisition and processing of complex syntax 

Language and Theory of Mind development: first and third person perspectives in complement clauses and false belief tasks

Syntactic priming and implicit learning of linguistic structures and morpho-syntactic cues

Interactions between information structure and word order

Research Grants

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