Silke

Silke Brandt

Lecturer

A bit about Silke Brandt

I studied journalism and German and English language and literature at the University of Leipzig. In my third semester I started to work as a student assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig. In 2002 I got a DAAD scholarship to study linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2003 I returned to the Max Planck Institute to do research for my MA thesis on the acquisition of relative clauses in German and for my PhD projects on the acquisition of complex syntax in German and English. In 2008 I received my PhD from the University of Basel and continued to do research on children’s acquisition of complex syntax and Theory of Mind at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig. From 2011 - 2012 I taught at the English Department at the University of Basel. In 2012 I moved to Lancaster for a lectureship in Linguistics. In my research and teaching I focus on psycholinguistics and first language acquisition.

My Role in LuCiD

I will be the leader of a project looking at the links between children’s acquisition of modals (it MUST be in the red box) and mental verbs (I KNOW it’s in the red box) as well as their understanding of Theory of Mind. Our aim is to determine how children’s developing linguistic knowledge interacts both with their input and their developing understanding of other minds and perspectives to determine the sequence in which they acquire the different functions of modal and mental state terms.I will also be involved in projects looking at interactions between word order and information structure in children’s acquisition of German, English, and other languages and in projects investigating children’s processing of restrictive relative clauses.

LuCiD publications (19) by Silke Brandt

MacDonald, R., Brandt, S., Theakston, A., Lieven, E. & Serratrice, L. (2018). Animacy and children's processing of subject and object relative clauses. Poster presented at the Child Language Symposium, Reading, UK

Brandt, S., Hargreaves, S. & Theakston, A. (2018). How does knowledge of true and false beliefs influence choice of sentence structure? Poster presented at the Child Language Symposium, Reading, UK

de Ruiter, L., Lieven, E., Brandt, S., Hargreaves, S., & Theakston, A. (2018). Improving 5-year-olds' comprehension of adverbial sentences: a classroom based training study. Poster presented at the Child Language Symposium, Reading, UK

Brandt, S., Hargreaves, S. & Theakston, A. (2018). Putting complement clauses and false belief into context. Poster presented at the X. Dubrovnik Conference on Cognitive Science (DuCog 2018)

De Ruiter, L., Theakston, A., Brandt, S. & Lieven, E. (2017). Effects of clause order and connective type on children’s and adults’ processing of complex sentences. Poster presented at the 30th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing (CUNY 2017) March 30–April 1, Cambridge, MA, USA

de Ruiter, L., Theakston, A., Brandt, S. & Lieven, E. (2017). The relationship between parental input and children’s spontaneous use of adverbial clauses containing after, before, because, and if. Paper presented at the 14th International Congress for the Study of Child Language (IASCL), July 17-21, Lyon, France.

de Ruiter, L., Brandt, S., Lieven, E. & Theakston, A. (2017). The role of information structure in children’s comprehension of complex sentences – testing two hypotheses. Paper presented at the 3rd LuCiD Language and Communicative Development Conference, July 7th, Lancaster, UK

de Ruiter, L., Theakston, A., Lieven, E., & Brandt, S. (2017). “You say ‘before’, I say ‘bevor”’ Testing the relative influence of iconicity, ambiguity, and language-specific frequencies on the processing of complex sentences in English and German. Paper presented at the Many Paths to Language workshop, October 6-8, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

de Ruiter, L., Lieven, E., Brandt S. & Theakston, A. (2017). The role of information structure in children’s comprehension of complex sentences –testing two hypotheses. Paper presented at The 23rd Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing Conference (AMLaP), September 7-9, Lancaster, UK

de Ruiter, L., Theakston, A., Brandt, S., Lieven, E. (2017). Iconicity affects children’s comprehension of complex sentences: the role of semantics, clause order, input and individual differences. Cognition, 143, 61-76.

Brandt, S., Honglan, L., & Chan, A. (2017). A cross-linguistic perspective on mental verbs and false-belief development. Paper presented at the Budapest CEU Conference .on Cognitive Development, Budapest, Hungary.

Brandt, S., Nitschke, S. and Kidd, E. (2017). Priming the Comprehension of German Object Relative Clauses. Language Learning And Development. DOI: 10.1080/15475441.2016.1235500

de Ruiter, L., Theakston, A., Brandt, S. & Lieven, E. (2016). Temporal, causal and conditional sentences in English child-directed speech. Paper presented at “Sentence complexity at the boundary of grammatical theory and processing: A special challenge for language acquisition” Workshop (AG4) at the 38th Annual Conference of the German Linguistics Society (DGfS), Konstanz

de Ruiter, L., Theakston, A., Brandt, S. & Lieven, E. (2016). Additional complexity in complex sentences in child-directed speech. In T. Tenbrink (Ed.) Proceedings of the UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, p.29.

de Ruiter, L., Theakston, A., Brandt, S. & Lieven, E. (2016). “You’ve always got to wash your hands before you eat food” - The role of the input in children’s acquisition of adverbial clauses in complex sentences. Paper presented at the 2nd LuCiD Language and Communicative Development conference, Manchester.

Brandt, S., Buttelmann, D., Lieven, E., & Tomasello, M. (2016). Children’s understanding of first- and third-person perspectives in complement clauses and false-belief tasks. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

Koymen, B., Lieven, E., Brandt, S. (2015). Syntactic and semantic coordination in finite complement-clause constructions: a diary-based case study Journal of Child Language 43, 1, 22-42

Brandt, S., Lieven, E., & Tomasello, M. (2015). German children’s Use of Word Order and Case Marking to Interpret Simple and Complex Sentences: Testing Differences Between Constructions and Lexical Items, Language Learning and Development DOI: 10.1080/15475441.2015.1052448

Theakston, & Koymen, B. (2015). Getting ready for school. Talk given 8 November, Manchester Museum.

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