Unversity of Liverpool
A bit about Samantha Durrant
I am a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Liverpool. I was awarded a first class degree in Psychology at the University of Plymouth, cementing my passion for language development during this time. I went on to complete a PhD on ‘The effects of accent variability on word learning and phonetic specificity in toddlers’ in the Babylab at the University of Plymouth. Following this I moved to the University of Liverpool where I now work as a post-doctoral researcher on the Language 0-5 project.
My research interests primarily include the influence variability in the language children are exposed to in the environment they are raised has on the development of their language. I have also done some work on the semantic relationships between words in the early lexicon, language development in bilingual toddlers and children’s perception of the size of a speaker from auditory cues.
My Role in LuCiD
My role in LuCiD is as post-doctoral research associate working on the Language 0-5 project. This project will follow a group of children from 6 months to school readiness (around 4.5 years). I am responsible for a subset of these families and will carry out a range of naturalistic data collection and experimental tasks with them over the course of the project.
LuCiD publications (7) by Samantha Durrant
Bidgood, A., Kirk, E., Durrant, S., Peter, M., Pine, J. & Rowland, C. (2018). Baby sign, mind-mindedness and language development. Poster presented at the 8th International Society for Gesture Studies Conference, Cape Town, South Africa
Abbot-Smith, K., Imai, M., Durrant, S., & Nurmsoo, E. (2016). The role of timing and prototypical causality on how pre-schoolers fast-map novel verb meanings. First Language. doi:10.1177/0142723716679800
Floccia, C., Keren-Portnoy, T., DePaolis, R., Duffy, H., Delle Luche, C., Durrant, S., White, L., Goslin, J., & Vihman, M. (2016). British English infants segment words only with exaggerated infant-directed speech stimuli. Cognition, 148, 1-9
Frost, R. L. A., Peter, M., Durrant, S., Bidgood, A., Rowland, C., Monaghan, P. & Christiansen, M. H. (2016). How do infants use nonadjacent dependencies during language acquisition? Poster to be presented at the Fifth Implicit Learning Seminar. Lancaster, UK.
Frost, R. L. A., Peter, M., Durrant, S., Bidgood, A., Rowland, C., Monaghan, P. & Christiansen, M. H. (2016). How do infants use nonadjacent dependencies during language development? Poster presented at the XX Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, New Orleans, LA, USA.
Delle Luche, C., Durrant, S., Poltrock, S., Floccia, C. (2015). A methodological investigation of the Intermodal Preferential Looking paradigm: Methods of analyses, picture selection and data rejection criteria. Infant Behaviour and Development, 40, 151-72
Serratrice, L. & Durrant, S. (2015). Confused? Nursery World Magazine, 21 September, 22-24.