Prof. Nina Hyams

UCLA Linguistics Dept.
3125 Campbell Hall
Los Angeles CA 90095-1543
hyams@humnet.ucla.edu


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Research Interests

The primary focus of my research is language acquisition in children, especially the early acquisition of syntax, morphosyntax, and the semantics of tense and aspect. My previous work spans many areas of language development, including null subjects, verb inflection and root infinitives, aspect and eventivity, binding principles and control, ergativity and auxiliary selection in Romance, and evidentiality. I think that cross-linguistic comparisons are very revealing of the processes underlying language acquisition and so with the collaboration of my many students and colleagues I have tried to study development in various languages, including English, Italian, Dutch, German, Swahili, Japanese, Icelandic, Malagasy, and most recently, Cape Verdean Creole. In my work I attempt to explore the interaction of different components of language in development, for example, at the interface of syntax and semantics/pragmatics, as well as the effects of production vs. comprehension of early language. I am especially interested in models of Universal Grammar and parameter setting and their instantiation in actual language development.


Curriculum Vitae

Last updated: July. 2014 [pdf]


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