Institutions: McGill University, Department of Linguistics
Research interests: First language acquisition; Second language acquisition; Phonology; Prosodic structure; Segment structure
Heather Goad’s research is broadly concerned with examining the role that representations play in defining the notion ‘possible grammar’ in the acquisition of phonology. In first language acquisition, her research focuses on the acquisition of constituency and how this can account for (sometimes unexpected!) patterns in the development of clusters, word-final consonants, stress and segmental acquisition. In second language acquisition, her work focuses on providing prosodic explanations for patterns observed in the acquisition of functional morphology (determiners, tense and agreement morphology), an area in which syntactic explanations are typically provided.