Program in Linguistics, George Mason University

Jennifer L. Culbertson


Assistant Professor, Program in Linguistics, George Mason University
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Cognitive Science Dept., Johns Hopkins University

Research Interests

Ongoing Projects  please see my CV for a full list of publications/talks related to each project.


Learning biases and typological universals of (morpho)syntax
This project uses laboratory learning experiments to investigate the psychological reality of typological universals. The major goals are (1) connect statistical universals to probabilistic learning biases, (2) show empirically that learners shift languages toward preferred patterns, (3) model learning in Bayesian and HG frameworks.

Clitic Doubling in Spoken French
This project uses corpus and experimental data to argue for the evolving status of Spoken French subject clitics into markers of subject-verb agreement.

Acquisition of French subject clitics & agreement morphology
This project is a collaboration with Dr. Géraldine Legendre, Thierry Nazzi, and a number of other collaborators aimed at investigating how young French children learn subject pronouns and other markers of agreement morphology.

Acceptability Judgments of Linguists vs. Non-linguistics
This project is a collaboration with Dr. Steven Gross at Johns Hopkins, aimed at addressing whether the acceptability judgments of training linguists are superior, in some sense, to judgments given by those with little or no linguistics training. We present empirical evidence suggesting that the relevant divide is not between linguists and non-linguists, but between subjects with and without minimally sufficient task-specific knowledge.

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