Institutions: Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Département de Psychologie
Research interests: Early morpho-syntactic acquisition; Infant speech perception; Word learning; Phonetic
phonological development; Experimental child psycholinguistics
The research questions addressed in Rushen Shi’s lab include how infants and young children develop their linguistic representations, such as the construction of phonetic categories, early word recognition, the learning of meaning, and initial analyses of morpho-syntactic structures. In her work, she attempts to understand the mechanisms underlying language acquisition and the interaction between the input and the grammar. The methodology used includes measures of children’s head turn and visual responses during speech perception and language comprehension, analyses of parent-child speech interaction, and neural network modeling of language development/processing. In addition, she also conducts perception and production experiments with adults.