Laura de Ruiter
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.