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
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Heather Turnbull is a Research Assistant at the University of
Liverpool. She spent five years in Barcelona teaching English
to children ranging in ages from 3 to 13, before moving back
to do a Masters in Linguistics here at the University. She now
works on the Language 0-5 Project with Michelle and
You can contact her at: H.Turnbull@liverpool.ac.uk
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.
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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, and is even more so now that she has a toddler
herself! 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 how their accents have changed over time since
moving to Liverpool.
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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.
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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.
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Anna’s research interests focus on what helps babies to
learn. Specifically during her PhD she will be finding out
about why learning words is so important to babies and
whether learning these words helps them to remember the
objects around them.
Anna’s studies will be for 6-9 month olds, and will mainly be
using our eye tracker. By using the eye tracker she can find
out lots about whether infants from an early age can follow
and remember objects they have seen.
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Lewis Ball is a second year demonstrator and PhD student at
the University of Liverpool. His research looks at
understanding how infants learn new words using
electroencephalography (EEG). EEG is a technique which
measures the electrical activity produced in the brain whilst
participants engage in some sort of task. In Lewis'
experiments he uses EEG to detect signs of learning when
children are taught new words.
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Hannah Sawyer is a first year PhD student at the University
of Liverpool. Her PhD will look at how children learn to use
verbs correctly and whether the input they hear from their
parents can influence this process. Hannah’s studies will be
for a children of a variety of ages, and both typically
developing children and children with language problems.
She will ask them to complete a variety of language games
such as sentence repetition and sentence completion tasks.
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