Caroline Rowland, Professor of Developmental Psychology, University of Liverpool tells us about her research and ideas on Children's language and communicative development in the early years.
Caroline’s research focuses on how children acquire language, with a particular interest in grammar and in assessing how the child’s environment promotes and shapes language growth. Her first study into language development was a diary study in which she recorded every single question produced by her 2-year-old daughter over a 12-month period. Nowadays she focuses on less arduous research. She is a series editor for the Trends in Language Acquisition (TiLAR) book series and an associate editor for the Journal of Child Language. Her recent book, Understanding Child Language Acquisition, is an introduction to the most important research on child language acquisition over the last fifty years, as well as to some of the most influential theories in the field.
From September, 2014, Caroline took up a position as Co-Director of the ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD), a multi-million pound collaboration between the Universities of Manchester, Liverpool, Lancaster. The work of the 5-year Centre will focus on determining how children learn to communicate with language, how the developing brain supports this process, and how it is affected by cross-linguistic, socio-cultural and individual variation. From September 2016, Caroline has also been working as the Director of a new Language Development Department at the Max Planck Institute in Nijmegen.