Toben H. Mintz

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   Research Interests                       

Untitled Document My general research interests are in the cognitive mechanisms that underlie language acquisition. One line of research investigates the methods by which infants and very young children acquire fundamental syntactic knowledge about the language they are learning. Another line of work investigates how two- and three-year olds learn the meanings of novel words. These research programs are connected by a common question about the nature of the mechanisms that give rise to linguistic abilities, and the effects of environmental input on these mechanisms. A common goal is to investigate how best to understand the similarities and differences between language learning and learning in other domains, and what the primary influences on language acquisition are.

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Selected Publications

Wang, H., Höhle, B., Ketrez, N. F., Küntay, A. C., & Mintz, T. H. (2011). Cross-linguistic Distributional Analyses with Frequent Frames: The Cases of German and Turkish. In N. Danis, K. Mesh, & H. Sung (Eds.), Proceedings of the 35th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (pp. 628-640). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Wang, H., & Mintz, T. (2010). From linear sequences to abstract structures: Distributional information in infant-directed speech. In A Supplement to the Proceedings of the 34th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Chemla, E., Mintz, T. H., Bernal, S., & Christophe, A. (2009). Categorizing words using 'frequent frames': what cross-linguistic analyses reveal about distributional acquisition strategies. Developmental Science, 12(3), 396-406.

Mintz, T. H. (2009). Language Development. In L. R. Squire (Ed.), New Encyclopedia of Neuroscience (pp. 313-319). Oxford: Academic Press.

Wang, H, & Mintz, T. H. (2008). A Dynamic Learning Model for Categorizing Words Using Frames. In H. Chan, E. Kapia, & H. Jacob (Eds.), Proceedings of the 32nd annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (pp. 525-536). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Mintz, T. H. (2006). Finding the verbs: distributional cues to categories available to young learners. In K. Hirsh-Pasek & R. M. Golinkoff (Eds.), Action Meets Word: How Children Learn Verbs, p. 31-63. New York: Oxford University Press.

Mintz, T. H. (2005). Linguistic and conceptual influences on adjective acquisition in 24- and 36-month-olds. Developmental Psychology, 41, 17-29.

Curtin, S., Mintz, T. H., & Christiansen, M. H. (2005). Stress changes the representational landscape: evidence from word segmentation. Cognition, 96, 233-262.

Mintz, T. H. (2003). Frequent frames as a cue for grammatical categories in child directed speech. Cognition, 90, 91-117.

Mintz, T. H. (2002). Category induction from distributional cues in an artificial language. Memory & Cognition , 30, 678-686.

Mintz, T.H., & Gleitman, L. R. (2002). Adjectives really do modify nouns: The incremental and restricted nature of early adjective acquisition. Cognition, 84, 267-293.

Mintz, T.H., Newport, E.L. & Bever, T. G. (2002). The distributional structure of grammatical categories in speech to young children. Cognitive Science, 26, 393-424.

Curtin, S., Mintz, T. H., & Byrd, D. (2001). Coarticulatory Cues Enhance Infants’ Recognition of Syllable Sequences in Speech. Proceedings of the 25th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

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