Faculty for Linguistics and Literary Studies
I have always been fascinated by how children acquire such a complex system as language. In my PhD project, I looked at how children of different ages use intonation to signal the information status of discourse referents. During that project I realized how much more (than "just" grammar) children have to learn in order to become competent speakers of a language; they also need to learn how to use language appropriately when interacting with others.
In my current project, I am investigating children's disfluencies in peer-to-peer interaction.