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Laura de Ruiter

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Laura E. de Ruiter
Research Assistant Professor


Ph.D., Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, 2010
MSc, University of Edinburgh, 2005


Dr. De Ruiter received her master's degree in developmental linguistics at the University of Edinburgh (UK), and her PhD in developmental psycholinguistics at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (the Netherlands). She then worked as a lecturer in linguistics at Bielefeld University (Germany), and as a research associate at the International Research Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD) at the University of Manchester (UK).

Dr. De Ruiter works on child language acquisition. She is interested in how children learn the mapping between mental representations (of events and referents) and their manifestation in language. She has studies both language production and comprehension (processing). Her second research interest is how children become proficient in managing and holding conversations (discourse management).

In her work, Dr. De Ruiter uses experimental methods such as elicited production or forced-choice paradigms as well as corpus analyses of naturally occurring interactions.