Meet the team
Caroline Rowland is a Professor at the University of Liverpool
and Director of Language Development at the Max Planck
Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen. She leads the
Language 0-5 Project and has worked on language
development since graduating as a psychologist in 1993. She
has two children who are grown up and who have been very
patient with her attempts to study their language
You can contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Bidgood is a Research Associate at the University of
Liverpool who has been researching children's language
development since 2007, moving to Liverpool from the
University of York in 2011. She has studied children's
babble and pronunciation of first words, as well as how older
children learn to stop making grammatical mistakes in their
You can contact her at: Amy.Bidgood@liverpool.ac.uk
Michelle Peter is a Research Associate at the University of
Liverpool and completed her PhD in child language
acquisition here in April 2015. She has always been interested
in how children manage the tricky business of learning
language! In particular she is interested in learning what
aspects during the first years of a baby’s life are important for
language development, and how this relates to their
performance at school later on.
You can contact her at: Michelle.Peter@liverpool.ac.uk
Samantha Durrant is a Research Associate at the University
of Liverpool. She completed her PhD in language
development and accents at Plymouth University, and is
passionate and enthusiastic about how children
develop language. She has two young boys and is fascinated
to watch their accents change over time living in Liverpool.
You can contact her at: email@example.com
Claire Noble is a Research Associate at the University of
Liverpool. She completed her PhD here in 2009 and has been
working on language development ever since. She is part of
the ‘Reading Together’ project team who are looking at how
shared book reading can support language development.
She is also working with our partners at Beanstalk to evaluate
their ‘Story Starters’ programme in local preschools.
You can contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie Lingwood is a Research Associate on an ESRC-funded
project called ‘Promoting children’s language development
through family-based shared reading’ with Professor
Caroline Rowland and Dr. Josie Billington. Prior to this, Jamie
completed his PhD in Developmental Psychology at
the University of Sheffield.
You can contact him at: email@example.com.
Julian Pine is a Professor at the University of Liverpool. His
research focuses on how children learn grammar and
morphology in different languages, and on using computer
models to understand how differences in the pattern of errors
shown by children learning different languages are related to
the characteristics of the language that they are learning.
You can contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ben Ambridge is a Professor at the University of Liverpool.
His research investigates children's first language
acquisition, mostly using judgement and production
methodologies. He is particularly interested in children's
overgeneralization errors (e.g., *The joked giggled him). He
also studies children's acquisition of morphology, focusing
particularly on Optional Infinitive errors in English (e.g., *He
play ) and agreement/case-marking errors in
morphologically rich languages, specifically Polish, Finnish
Ben also writes popular science - his book, Psy-Q,
introduces readers to interesting findings from the
Psychology literature by means of interactive tests, games,
illusions and quizzes.
You can contact him at: email@example.com