Alex de Carvalho

PhD Student

Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique - LSCP
Department of Cognitive Studies
École Normale Supérieure - PSL Research University
EHESS - CNRS
29 rue d'Ulm - Pavillon Jardin
75005 Paris, France
Phone: +33 (0)1 44 32 26 31
alex.carvalho (at) ens.fr

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Language Acquisition, Processing & Development

 

EDUCATION:

PhD. Cognitive Sciences (expected 2017)
M.A. in Cognitive Sciences, Ecole Normale Supérieure - Paris, 2014
B.A. in Linguistics/Education, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, 2011

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

  • de Carvalho, A., He, A. X., Lidz, J., & Christophe, A. Prosody guides babies in the discovery of word meanings (submitted).
  • de Carvalho, A., Barrault, A., & Christophe, A. "Look! It is not a bamoule!" 18-month-olds understand negative sentences (submitted).
  • de Carvalho, A., Dautriche, I., Millotte, S., & Christophe, A. Early perception of phrasal prosody and its role in syntactic and lexical acquisition. In P. Prieto, N. Esteve-Gibert. Prosodic Development in First Language Acquisition. John Benjamins (TILAR Series) (in press).
  • Brusini, P., de Carvalho, A., Dautriche, I., Gutman, A., Cauvet, E., Millotte, S. & Christophe, A. Bootstrapping lexical and syntactic acquisition. In M. Kail, M. Hickman & E. Veneziano, Sources of variations in first language acquisition: Languages, contexts, and learners. John Benjamins. (in press).


SELECTED PRESENTATIONS:

Conference Talks

  • 20th biennial meeting of the International Congress on Infant Studies
    The acquisition of word meanings: interactions between parsing and learning. New Orleans, LA - USA; May, 2016
  • 40th Boston University Conference on Language Development
    18-month-olds use the relationship between prosodic and syntactic structures to constrain the meaning of novel words. Boston, MA - USA; November, 2015

  • 12th Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (GALA 12)
    Workshop: The role of prosody in early speech perception

    Phrasal prosody helps infants to access the syntactic structure of sentences and to constrain the acquisition of novel word meanings. Nantes - FRANCE; September, 2015

  • 39th Boston University Conference on Language Development
    Phrasal prosody constrains online syntactic analysis in two-year-old children. Boston, MA - USA; November, 2014


  • 20th AMLaP Conference
    Toddlers exploit prosodic structure online to constrain syntactic analysis. Edinburgh, UK, September, 2014.

  • 38th Boston University Conference on Language Development
    Three-year-olds use prosody online to constrain syntactic analysis. Boston, MA - USA; November, 2013


    Invited Talks


  • Common Ground Seminar Series, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
    Phrasal prosody can guide babies in the discovery of syntax and word meanings. Philadelphia, MD - USA; October, 2016
  • Language Acquisition Lab (Cindy Fisher's Lab), University of Illinois (USA)
    The acquisition of word meanings: interactions between parsing and learning. Champaign, IL - USA; July, 2015
  • Linguistics Departmental seminar, University of Maryland (USA)
    Infants can use morpho-syntactic cues and phrasal prosody to learn word meanings. College Park, MD - USA; November, 2015
  • Project on Child Development Laboratory (Sandy Waxman's Lab), Northwestern University (USA)
    Bootstrapping early lexical and syntactic acquisition. Evanston, IL - USA; July, 2015
  • Perspectives on Language Development Symposium
    Computing a syntactic skeleton with phrasal prosody and function words.
    Nijmegen - Netherlands; October, 2014.

  • II International Conference of the School of Languages and Literatures - CIFALE
    The Cognitive Development of Infants. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Septembre, 2013.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

2016-2017: Language Acquisition and Processing – 32h
@ École Normale Supérieure - Paris, France: for graduate students from the Cognitive Science program (COGMASTER Research Master in Cognitive Science) with Alejandrina Cristia & Christina Bergmann

2016-2017: Practical Workshop in Human Experimentation – 32h
@ École Normale Supérieure – Paris, France: for graduate students from the Cognitive Science program (COGMASTER Research Master in Cognitive Science) with Brent Strickland

2015-2016: Language Acquisition and Processing - 32h
@ Ecole Normale Supérieure - Paris, France: for graduate students from the Cognitive Science program (COGMASTER Research Master in Cognitive Science) with Alejandrina Cristia & Henny Yeung

2014-2015: Cogmaster Workshop: "Biaises in Research" - Journée d'études du Cogmaster: "Le biais de l'expérimentateur" - 12h
@ Ecole Normale Supérieure: for graduate students from the Cognitive Science program
(with Alejandrina Cristia & Emmanuel Dupoux)

2014-2015: Tools for Linguistic transcription and analysis - 17h
@ Université Paris Descartes - Sorbonne Paris Cité : for graduate students from the Linguistics program
(Sciences du Langage: signes, discours et monde contemporain)

Summer 2013: Advanced Topics in Language Acquisition - 39h
@ UFRJ - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro : for graduate students from the Experimental linguistics program (POSLING)

2010 - 2011: Portuguese Language - 144h
@ Université Michel de Montaigne, Bordeaux III (France)

2010-2011: Portuguese & Brazilian language, culture and civilization - 336h
@ Lycée François Magendie, Lycée de Graves, Collège Julles Ferry (Bordeaux - France)

 

 

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