Fakultät für Linguistik und Literaturwissenschaft
 
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Dr. Laura de Ruiter

 Faculty for Linguistics and Literary Studies

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My research interests

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.