Heather Turnbull

Researcher (Alumni)


University of Liverpool

A bit about Heather Turnbull

I completed my undergraduate degree in Modern European Languages at the University of Liverpool in 2008. From there I went on to teach English to primary school children in Spain, sparking my interest in child language development. I was awarded an M.A in Linguistics from the University of Manchester in 2017. My research looked at language development in bilingual children, with a specific focus on the role of cross-linguistic influence in syntactical errors.

My role in LuCiD

I was a Research Assistant working on the Language 0-5 project. The project follows a group of children from 6 months to 5 years. I was responsible for carrying out a range of experimental and naturalistic data collection with a set of participating families.

LuCiD publications (2) by Heather Turnbull

Monaghan, P., Donnelly, S., Alcock, K., Bidgood, A., Cain, K., Durrant, S., Frost, R. L. A., Jago, L., Peter, M. S., Pine, J. M., Turnbull, H., & Rowland, C. F. (2023). Learning to generalise but not segment an artificial language at 17 months predicts children’s language skills 3 years later. Cognitive Psychology

Samanta, S., Bannard, C., Pine, J. & The Language05 Team (2020). Can automated gesture recognition support the study of child language development? In Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Toronto, ON: Cognitive Science Society.

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