kristen.syrett (at) rutgers.edu
 
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adjectives and verbs in language acquisition

Arunachalam, S., Syrett, K., & YongXiang, C. (2016). Lexical disambiguation in verb learning: Evidence from the intransitive frame in English and Mandarin Chinese. Frontiers in Psychology (Language Sciences), 7, 1-14. [pdf]

Syrett, K. (2015d). Mapping properties to individuals in language acquisition. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD) (pp. 398-410). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. [slides] [paper]

Syrett, K. (2014). Acquisition of adjectives. In P. Brooks & V. Kempe (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Language Development. SAGE Reference Publications. [pdf]

Syrett, K., Arunachalam, S., & Waxman, S. R. (2014). Slowly but surely: Adverbs support verb learning in 2-year-olds. Language Learning and Development. [pdf]

Arunachalam, S., Syrett, K., & Waxman, S. R. (2012). Can adverbs call attention to manner of motion for 2-year-olds learning verbs? In A. Biller, E. Chung, and A. Kimball (Eds.), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. [pdf]

Syrett, K., & Lidz, J. (2010). 30-month-olds use the distribution and meaning of adverbs to interpret novel adjectives. Language Learning and Development, 6, 258-282. [pdf]

Syrett, K., Kennedy, C., & Lidz, J. (2010). Meaning and context in children’s understanding of gradable adjectives. Journal of Semantics, 27(1), 1-35. [pdf]

Syrett, K., Bradley, E., Kennedy, C., & Lidz, J. (2006). Shifting standards: Children’s understanding of gradable adjectives. In K. Ud Deen, J. Nomura, B. Schulz, & B. D. Schwartz (Eds.), Proceedings of the Inaugural Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition - North America (GALANA), Honolulu, HI (pp. 353-364). Cambridge, Mass: UConn Occasional Papers in Linguistics 4. [pdf]

My Dissertation
Syrett, K. (2007). Learning about the structure of scales: Adverbial modification and the acquisition of the semantics of gradable adjectives. Doctoral dissertation. Northwestern University, Department of Linguistics. [abstract] [pdf]
 
measurement, comparison, and degree constructions

Arii, T., Syrett, K., & Goro, T. (in press). Investigating the form-meaning mapping in the acquisition of English and Japanese measure phrase comparatives. [pdf]

Arii, T., Syrett, K., & Goro, T. (2014). Setting the standard in the acquisition of Japanese and English comparatives. Proceedings of the 50th Chicago Linguistic Society. [pdf]

Gor, V., & Syrett, K. (2015). Picking up after sloppy children: What pronouns reveal about children's analysis of English comparative constructions. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD) (pp. 191-203). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. [slides] [paper]

Syrett, K. (2016). Comparatives and degree constructions. Oxford Handbook of Developmental Linguistics. [pdf of pre-final draft]

Syrett, K. (2013). The role of cardinality in the interpretation of measurement expressions. Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 20, 228-240. [pdf]

Syrett, K. (2010). The representation and processing of measure phrases by four-year-olds. In K. Franich, K. Iserman, & L. Keil (Eds.), Proceedings of the 34th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD) (pp. 421-432). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. [pdf]

 
number word semantics and plural expressions

Kennedy, C., & Syrett, K. (under review). Numerals denote degree quantifiers: Evidence from child language. [pdf]

Syrett, K., & Musolino, J. (2016). All together now: Collectivity, distributivity, and the semantics of together in child and adult language. Language Acquisition, 23, 175-197. [pdf]

Syrett, K., & Musolino, J. (2013). Collectivity, distributivity, and the interpretation of plural numerical expressions in child and adult language. Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 20, 259-291. [pdf]

Syrett, K., Kennedy, C., Musolino, J., Buco, S., & Starcher, K. (2012). Acquiring the non-exact reading of numerical expressions: What semantics says you have to do and what pragmatics allows. Poster presented at the 37th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. [poster]

Syrett, K., Musolino, J., & Gelman, R. (2012). How can syntax support number word acquisition? Language Learning and Development, 8, 146-176. [pdf]

Syrett, K., Musolino, J., & Gelman, R. (2012). Number word acquisition: Cardinality, bootstrapping, and beyond (reply to commentaries). Language Learning and Development, 8, 190-195. [pdf]

 
quantifiers and antecedent-contained deletion

Syrett, K., Brasoveanu, A., & Oho, A. (under review). An experimental investigation of the scope of object comparative quantifiers. [pdf]

Syrett, K., Lingwall, A., Perez-Cortes, S., Austin, J., Sanchez, L., Baker, H., Germak, C., & Arias-Amaya, A. (in press). How Spanish-English bilingual children approach entailment-based scalar implicatures. Glossa Special Issue: Acquisition of Quantification. [pdf]

Syrett, K., Austin, J., Sanchez, L., Germak, C., Lingwall, A., Perez-Cortes, S., Arias-Amaya, A., & Baker, H. (in press). The influence of conversational context and the developing lexicon on the calculation of scalar implicatures: Insights from Spanish-English bilingual children. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism. [pdf

Achimova, A., Syrett, K., Musolino, J., Déprez, V. (2017). Children’s developing knowledge of wh-/quantifier question-answer relations. Language Learning and Development, 1, 80-99. [pdf]

Syrett, K. (2015a). Events and agents in the acquisition of universal quantification. (Commentary on Champollion's "Stratified reference: The common core of distributivity, aspect, and measurement"). Theoretical Linguistics. [pdf]

Syrett, K. (2015b). Experimental support for inverse scope readings of finite-clause embedded Antecedent-Contained Deletion sentences. Linguistic Inquiry, 46, 579-592. [pdf]

Syrett, K. (2015c). QR out of a tensed clause: Evidence from Antecedent-Contained Deletion. Ratio Special issue: Investigating meaning (Ed. N. Hansen and E. Borg), 28, 395-421.. [pdf]

Syrett, K. (2014). Slides from Rutgers Workshop on Quantifier Domain Restriction and Epistemic Modals. [slides] [handout version]

Achimova, A., Crosby, C., Déprez, V., Syrett, K., & Musolino, J. (2013). Which account of wh-/quantifier interaction should everyone adopt? A new take on a classic developmental puzzle. In Proceedings of the 37th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. [pdf]

Syrett, K., & Lidz, J. (2011). Competence, performance and the locality of Quantifier Raising: Evidence from 4-year-old children. Linguistic Inquiry, 42(2), 305-337. [pdf]

Syrett, K., & Lidz, J. (2009). QR in child grammar: Evidence from Antecedent-Contained Deletion. Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 16(2), 67-81. [pdf]

Syrett, K., & Lidz, J. (2005). Learning scope economy: Why children will QR out of a tensed embedded clause but adults won’t. In C. Davis, A. R. Deal, & Y. Zabbal (Eds.), Proceedings of 36th Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS) (pp. 575-586). UMass, Amherst: GLSA. [pdf]

Lidz, J., McMahon, E., Syrett, K., Viau, J., Anggoro, F., Peterson-Hicks, J., Sneed, E., Bunger, A., Flevaris, T., Graham, A., Grohne, K., Lee , Y., & Strid, J. E. (2004). Quantifier Raising in 4-year-olds. In A. Brugos, L. Micciulla, & C. E. Smith (Eds.), Proceedings of the 28th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD) (pp. 340-349). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. [pdf]

 
experimental investigations of semantics and pragmatics

Bajaj, V., & Syrett, K. –hii: Modality meets exclusivity. Proceedings of the Penn Linguistics Conference (PLC), vol. 22 (1). [paper].

Syrett, K., & Koev, T. (2015). Experimental evidence for the truth conditional contribution and shifting information status of appositives. Journal of Semantics, 32, 525-577, [pdf] [appendices of stimuli]

 
prosody and meaning

Syrett, K., Simon, G., & Nisula, K. (2014). Prosodic disambiguation of scopally ambiguous sentences in a discourse context. Journal of Linguistics, 50, 453-493. [pdf]

Syrett, K., Simon, G., & Nisula, K. (2014). Prosodic disambiguation of scopally ambiguous sentences. In Proceedings of 43rd Annual Meeting of the North East Linguistic Society (NELS). [pdf] Poster presented at the North East Linguistic Society Meeting, October 19-21, 2012, at CUNY. [poster]

Simon, G., & Syrett, K. (2014). Meaning what you say, or saying it the way you mean it: Suprasegmental cues to non-literal meaning. Poster presented in the Experimental Pragmatics session of the 27th Annual CUNY Sentence Processing conference, March 13-14, at The Ohio State University. [pdf]

Syrett, K., & Kawahara, S. (2013). Production and perception of listener-oriented clear speech in child language. Journal of Child Language, 1-17. [pdf]

Déprez, V., Syrett, K., & Kawahara, S. (2013). Interfacing information and prosody: French wh-in-situ questions. In Irene Franco, Sara Lusini, and Andrés Saab (Eds.), Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory: Selected papers from ‘Going Romance’ 2010 24 (pp. 135-154). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. [pdf]

Déprez, V., Syrett, K., & Kawahara, S. (2013). The interaction of syntax, prosody, and discourse in licensing French wh-in-situ questions. Lingua, 124, 4-19. [pdf] Poster presented at the Workshop on Prosody, Syntax, and Information Structure 4, September 17-18, 2010, at the University of Delaware. [poster]

Syrett, K., Nisula, K., Simon, G., & Klimashousky, S. (2011). The contribution of information structure and prosody in sentence disambiguation in English. Poster presented at Experimental and Theoretical Advances in Prosody, September 23-25, at McGill University. [poster]

 


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