Cecile McKee

About Cecile McKee

Professor, Linguistics Department

Director, Developmental Psycholinguistics Laboratory, Linguistics Department

Senior Director, Research Development Services, Office of Research and Discovery

My teaching emphasizes cross-listed courses. The research in my lab concerns children syntactic development. Over the years, that work has emphasized cross-linguistic comparisons of language structures, children's processing mechanisms, and developmental language impairments. I'm interested in questions about both universals and particulars that are evident during children's convergence on the adult grammar. My current project on fluency, articulation rate, and sentence planning was funded by NSF. My main collaborators are Merrill Garrett (retired from Pyschology, U. of Arizona), Sam Supalla (SERSP, U. of Arizona), Dana McDaniel (Linguistics, U. of Southern Maine), Sigridur Sigurjónsdóttir (Icelandic Linguistics, U. of Reykavijk, Iceland), and Maria Emiliani (USL, Imola, Italy). With student and community volunteers, I also describe linguistics in festivals and K-12 schools. Finally, I also study young children's informal science learning at Children's Museum Tucson.

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Contact Information

Cecile McKee
Telephone: (520) 621-2188
Office: Communication 316
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U Connecticut, 1988

Courses Taught

  • LING 195B - Language in Life
  • HNRS 195 - Special Topics in Social Science
  • LING/PSY 201 - Introduction to Linguistics
  • LING/PHIL 211 - Meaning in Language and Society
  • LING/PSY/SPH 341 - Language Development
  • LING 392/492 - Directed Research in Linguistics
  • LING/PSY/PHIL 432- Psychology of Language
  • LING/PSY 533 - Theoies in Language Development
  • PSY/LING 543 - Advanced Language Development
  • LING 689 - Professionalism in Linguistics