Dr Silke Brandt

Dr Silke Brandt

Lecturer

County South
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YL


Tel: + 44 1524 594473
Location: C48

I do corpus analyses and experimental studies to investigate how children's comprehension and productive use of specific (complex) linguistic structures is guided by the form and function of these and related structures in their input. I see language acquisition as a general learning process and have recently looked at interactions between linguistic and social-cognitive development.

PhD Supervision Interests

I would be happy to receive applications in any of these areas: first language acquisition (especially formal and functional aspects of syntax), sentence processing, language and Theory of Mind development, cognitive/ usage-based linguistics & construction grammar.

Research Interests

Language acquisition and processing

Language and Theory of Mind development

Priming

 

In Press

Syntactic and semantic coordination in finite complement-clause constructions: a diary-based case study

Köymen, B., Lieven, E. & Brandt, S. expected in 2015 In: Journal of Child Language.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2013

Lisa filled water into the cup: the roles of entrenchment, pre-emption and verb semantics in German speakers' L2 acquisition of English locatives

Ambridge, B. & Brandt, S. 2013 In: Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik. 61, 3, p. 245-263 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The role of the lexicon in the development of the language processor

Kidd, E., Bavin, E. L. & Brandt, S. 2013 Lexical bootstrapping: the role of lexis and semantics in child language development. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, p. 217-244 28 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

2012

Experience and processing of relative clauses in German

Brandt, S., Nitschke, S. & Kidd, E. 2012 Proceedings of the Boston University Conference on Language Development. Biller, A. K., Chung, E. Y. & Kimball, A. E. (eds.). Somerville, Mass.: Cascadilla Press, p. 87-100 14 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsPaper

2011

Learning from social interaction: The form and function of relative clauses in discourse and experimental studies with children

Brandt, S. 2011 The acquisition of relative clauses: processing, typology, and function. Kidd, E. (ed.). Amsterdam: John Benjamins, (Trends in Language Acquisition Research)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Analyzability and generalization across verbs and constructions: The development of transitives and complement-clause constructions in German child language

Brandt, S. 2011 Experience, variation and generalization: learning a first language. Arnon, I. & Clark, E. (eds.). Amsterdam: John Benjamins, (Trends in Language Acquisition Research)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Relative clause acquisition and representation: evidence from spontaneous speech, sentence repetition, and comprehension

Brandt, S. & Kidd, E. 2011 Converging evidence: methodological and theoretical issues for linguistic research. Schönefeld, D. (ed.). Amsterdam: John Benjamins

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Einfache Transitive und Komplementsatz-Konstruktionen im Spracherwerb: Analysierbarkeit und Kategorienbildung

Brandt, S. 2011 Konstruktionsgrammatik III: aktuelle Fragen und Lösungsansätze. Lasch, A. & Ziem, A. (eds.). Tübingen: Stauffenburg, (Stauffenburg Linguistik; vol. 58)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

The constructivist approach

Lieven, E. & Brandt, S. 09/2011 In: Infancia y aprendizaje. 34, 3, p. 281-296 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

German children's productivity with simple transitive and complement-clause constructions: testing the effects of frequency and diversity

Brandt, S., Verhagen, A., Lieven, E. & Tomasello, M. 2011 In: Cognitive Linguistics. 22, 2, p. 325-357 33 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2010

Development of word order in German complement-clause constructions: effects of input frequencies, lexical items, and discourse function

Brandt, S., Lieven, E. & Tomasello, M. 09/2010 In: Language. 86, 3, p. 583-610 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2009

FLEXIBILITY IN THE SEMANTICS AND SYNTAX OF CHILDREN'S EARLY VERB USE

Tomasello, M. & Brandt, S. 08/2009 In: Monographs of the society for research in child development. 74, 2, p. 113-126 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

The discourse bases of relativization: an investigation of young German and English-speaking children's comprehension of relative clauses

Brandt, S., Kidd, E., Lieven, E. & Tomasello, M. 08/2009 In: Cognitive Linguistics. 20, 3, p. 539-570 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2008

The acquisition of German relative clauses: A case study

Brandt, S., Diessel, H. & Tomasello, M. 05/2008 In: Journal of Child Language. 35, 2, p. 325-348 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2007

Object relatives made easy: a cross-linguistic comparison of the constraints influencing young children's processing of relative clauses

Kidd, E., Brandt, S., Lieven, E. & Tomasello, M. 2007 In: Language and Cognitive Processes. 22, 6, p. 860-897 38 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2004

Gunther Kress & Theo Van Leeuwen, Multimodal discourse: The modes and media of contemporary communication.: book review

Brandt, S. 2004 In: Language in Society. 33, 1, p. 115-118 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

 

 

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