Alex de Carvalho

Postdoctoral Researcher

Language Development and Language Processing Lab (Trueswell & Gleitman Lab)
Department of Psychology
University of Pennsylvania (UPenn)
Stephen A Levin Building
425 S University Ave
Philadelphia, PA
e-mail: x.de.carvalho (at) gmail.com

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Language Acquisition, Processing & Development

 

EDUCATION:

PhD. Cognitive Sciences, Ecole normale supérieure, PSL University - Septemeber 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., Crimon, C., Barrault, A., Trueswell, J., & Christophe, A. (in revision). "Look! It is not a bamoule!" 18- and 24-month-olds can use negative sentences to constrain their interpretation of novel word meanings.
  • de Carvalho, A., Babineau, M., Trueswell, J., Waxman, S., & Christophe, A. (under review). Studying the real-time interpretation of novel noun and verb meanings in young children.


SELECTED PRESENTATIONS:

Conference Talks

  • 43rd Boston University Conference on Language Development - BUCLD.
    Preschoolers fail to revise their syntactic analysis, even when their initial interpretation is driven by prosodic cues. Boston, MA - USA; November, 2nd 2018.

  • 43rd Boston University Conference on Language Development - BUCLD.
    Bootstrapping syntactic acquisition with a semantic seed. Boston, MA - USA; November, 3rd 2018. (Presented by Mireille Babineau).

  • 42nd Boston University Conference on Language Development - BUCLD.
    Look! It is not a bamoule!” 18-month-olds understand negative sentences. Boston, MA - USA; November, 3rd 2017.

  • 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


  • Department of Linguistics, School of Communication, Ulster University, Belfast (UK)
    Phrasal prosody cues the acquisition of syntax and word meanings in infants, Invited by Prof. Jacopo Romoli and Prof. Juliana Gerard; January, 2018
  • Common Ground Seminar Series, University of Pennsylvania (USA)
    The relationship between prosodic and syntactic structures affects children’s syntactic analysis and impacts their learning. 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.

 

AD-HOC REVIEWER:

Psychological Science
Language Acquisition

Frontiers in Psychology
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA)
Cognitive Science
Language and Speech
Language, Learning and Development
Infancy
Cognition
Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD)
Society for Research on Child Development (SRCD)
MPaL (Many paths to Language) Workshop
3rd ANPOLL International Psycholinguistics Congress

 

INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIONS:

John Trueswell (Dept. of Psychology - University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Jeffrey Lidz (Dept. of Linguistics - University of Maryland, USA)
Isabelle Dautriche (Center for Language Evolution - University of Edinburgh, UK)
Sandra Waxman (Dept. of Psychology - Northwestern University, USA)
Angela Xiaoxue He (Dept. of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences - Boston University, USA)
Sudha Arunachalam (Dept. of Communicative Sciences and Disorders - New York University, USA)
Anne Reboul (Institut des Sciences Cognitives - Marc Jeannerod - UMR5304, CNRS - Lyon, France)
Anne Christophe (Ecole normale supérieure, PSL University - Paris, France)
Séverine Millotte (CNRS - Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté - UMR 5022 -Dijon, France)

 


 

 

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