About Masha Fedzechkina
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics. My research focuses on the intersection of language acquisition, psycholinguistics, and linguistic typology, seeking to understand the nature of individual-level constraints on language use and acquisition and their impact on language structure. My work is informed by psycholinguistic experimentation involving children and adults and by corpus studies of naturalistic parent-child interactions. Central to my research strategy is an experimental approach that allows me to model the situation of language change in the laboratory using a miniature language learning paradigm, in which participants are presented with experimentally designed languages that are small enough to be learned within several visits to the lab, but contain linguistic features critical to my research goals.