Cecile McKee

About Cecile McKee

Professor, Linguistics Department

Director, Developmental Psycholinguistics Laboratory

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science [UA News story]

I study language and literacy development, as well as informal science learning. My main collaborators are: Dana McDaniel (Linguistics, U. of Southern Maine); Merrill Garrett (retired from Pyschology, U. of Arizona); Sam Supalla (retired from SERSP, U. of Arizona); Laura Wagner (Psychology, Ohio State); Maria Emiliani (retired from Unita Sanitaria Locale, Italy). With student and community volunteers, I'm active in public engagement through festivals, K-12 schools, and museums. (See this guide from the Linguistic Society of America.) For example, this video reports on a 2016 course taught in collaboration with Children's Museum Tucson. And this 2022 piece in The Conversation describes some of what slips of the tongue can teach us.

If you'd like to dip your toes into linguistic waters, see these resources:

Related News

  • The "Linguistics in Children's Museum Tucson" project is a collaboration between UA and Children's Museum Tucson that aims to introduce children to scientific research in an informal setting. Click through to the UA News article below to hear more... read more

Research Interests

  • Language and literacy development in young children
  • Language production, especially fluency and articulation rate
  • Informal science learning
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Contact Information

Cecile McKee
Telephone: (520) 621-2188
Office: Communication 316 or Zoom


PhD, U of Connecticut, 1988

Courses Taught

  • LING 150 - Language in the World
  • LING 195B - Language in Life
  • HNRS 195 - Special Topics in Social Science
  • HNRS 395 - Language and Food
  • LING/PSY 201 - Introduction to Linguistics
  • LING/PHIL 211 - Meaning in Language and Society
  • LING/PSY/SLHS 341 - Language Development
  • LING 392/492 - Directed Research in Linguistics
  • LING/PSY/PHIL 432 - Psychology of Language
  • LING/PSY 533 - Theories in Language Development
  • PSY/LING 543 - Advanced Language Development
  • LING 689 - Professionalism in Linguistics
  • SBS 595 - Funding Your Research