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Samantha Durrant

Researcher

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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 (29) by Samantha Durrant

Frost, R. L. A., Jessop, A., Durrant, S., Peter, M., Bidgood, A. Pine, J., Rowland, C. & Monaghan, P. (2020). Non-adjacent dependency learning in infancy, and its link to language development. Cognitive Psychology

Peter, M. S., Durrant, S., Jessop, A., Bidgood, A., Pine, J. M. & Rowland, C. F. (2019). Does speed of processing or vocabulary size predict later language growth in toddlers? Cognitive Psychology

Bidgood, A., McLaughlin, P., Durrant, S., Peter, M., Pine, J., & Rowland, C. (2018). The relationship between oral-motor skills and 2 years, vocabulary production and later articulation skills. Paper presented at the Child Language Symposium, Reading, UK.

Peter, M., Bidgood, A., Durrant, S., Pine, J., Rowland, C. (2018). Investigating the relationship between language processing efficiency, vocabulary, and working memory across development. Paper presented at Child Language Symposium, Reading, UK.

Frost, R., Rowland, C., Durrant, S., Peter, M., Bidgood, A., Monaghan, P. (2018). Statistical learning in infants, and its relationship with language development: A study of nonadjacent dependency learning. Paper presented at 26th Conference on Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing (AMLaP), Berlin, Germany.

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.

Bidgood, A., Kirk, E., Durrant, S., Peter, M., Pine, J. & Rowland, C. (2018). Baby sign, mind-mindedness and language development. (1) Poster presented at The 3rd Lancaster Conference on Infant and Early Child Development (LCICD), Lancaster, UK.

Durrant, S., Delle Luche, C., Chow, J., Plunkett, K., & Floccia, C. (2017). A tale of two cities – rhoticity. Paper presented at the Society for Research in Child Development. Texas, USA.

Delle Luche, C., Kwok, R., Durrant, S., Chow, J., Plunkett, K., & Floccia, C. (2017). The organisation of the bilingual lexicon: the impact of linguistic distance on semantic activation. Paper presented at the International Association for the Study of Child Language, Lyon, France.

Keren-Portnoy, T., Floccia, C., DePaolis, R., Duffy, H., Delle Luche, C., Durrant, S., White, L., Goslin, J., & Vihman, M. (2017). A robust failure to replicate word segmentation findings in British-English infants. Paper presented at the International Association for the Study of Child Language, Lyon, France.

Durrant, S., Peter, M., Bidgood, A., McLaughlin, P., & Rowland, C. (2017). Executive Function and Language in Typically Developing Toddlers. Paper presented at the International Association for the Study of Child Language, Lyon, France.

Durrant, S., Peter, M., Bidgood, A., Monaghan, P., Frost, R., Bannard, C., Kidd, E., & Rowland, C. (2017). Does variation in infants statistical learning ability predict variation in later vocabulary growth? Lessons learned from the Language 0-5 Project. Paper presented at the European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Utrecht, Holland.

Durrant, S., Delle Luche, C., Ratnage, P., & Floccia, C. (2017). Dialectal variation in disambiguation. Paper presented at the 14th International Congress for the Study of Child Language, Lyon, France.

Delle Luche, C., Durrant, S., Ratnage, P., & Floccia, C. (2017). The impact of accent exposure in a word learning task. Paper presented at the European Society for Cognitive Psychology, Potsdam, Germany.

Durrant, S. (2017). Book review: Eve Clark, Language in children. First Language, 37(5), 530–532.

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

Delle Luche, C., Kwok, R., Durrant, S., Chow, J., Horvath, K., Cattani, A., Abbot-Smith, K., Krott, A., Mills, D., Plunkett, K., Rowland, C., Floccia, C. (2016). It's a big world: Understanding the factors guiding early vocabulary development in bilinguals. International Conference on Infant Studies, New Orleans, USA.

Bidgood, A., Cameron-Faulkner, T., Peter, M., Durrant, S., Rowland, C. (2016). The role of showing and pointing in the vocabulary growth of children aged 8-15 months. International Conference on Infant Studies, New Orleans, USA.

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 development? Poster presented at the XX Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, New Orleans, LA, USA.

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.

Bidgood, A., Cameron-Faulkner, T., Durrant, S., Peter, M. & Rowland, C.F. (2016). The role of gestures and babble in the vocabulary growth of children aged 8-18 months. Paper presented at the 1st Lancaster Conference on Infant and Child Development, Lancaster, UK.

Durrant, S., Rowland, C. F. , Chang, F., Jessop, A., Bidgood, A., Peter, M. (2016). Chasing, causality and goals: Conceptual understanding at 9 months and its relationship to later language use. Paper presented at the XX Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, New Orleans, LA, USA.

Frost, R., Peter, M., Durrant, S., Bidgood, A., Rowland, C., Monaghan, P., Christiansen, M. (2016). How do infants use nonadjacent dependencies during language development? (1) Poster presented at Fifth Implicit Learning Seminar Lancaster, UK.

Bidgood, A., Cameron-Faulkner, T., Durrant, S., Peter, M., Rowland, C. (2015). Multimodal input and children's gesture and vocabulary growth. Workshop on Extensive and Intensive Recordings of Children's Language Environment (WEIRCLE), Paris, France.

Durrant, S., Delle Luche, C., Cattani, A., Floccia, C. (2015). Monodialectal and multidialectal infants' representation of familiar words. Journal of Child Language, 42(2), 447-465.

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.

Delle Luche, C., Durrant, S., Floccia, C., Plunkett, K. (2014). Implicit meaning in 18-month-old toddlers. Developmental Science, 17(6), 948-955.

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