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Laura de Ruiter



University of Manchester

A bit about Laura de Ruiter

Originally from Berlin, I initially studied General and Theoretical Linguistics at the University of Potsdam (Germany), before receiving an MSc in Developmental Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh. I completed my PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen (The Netherlands) in 2010, looking at how children use intonation to signal information structure. I then moved to Bielefeld (Germany), where I worked first as a post-doctoral researcher and later became a lecturer (for first and second language acquisition). In May 2015 I joined LuCiD as a Research Associate.

My Role in LuCiD

At LuCiD, I will investigate the role of information structure in children’s developing sentence representations, with a focus on complex sentences, using both naturalistic data and experimental methods.


LuCiD publications (2) by Laura de Ruiter

de Ruiter, L. & Vihman, V. (2017). Beyond frequency: cognitive factors in children’s acquisition of morphosyntax. Paper presented at the International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Tartu, Estonia, July 2017

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.

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