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Karen Miller

Karen Miller

Co-Director, Center For language Science

Associate Professor of Linguistics and Spanish Linguistics



Research Interests:

I study language acquisition in children. I am interested in how children acquire sociolinguistic variation and how variable input affects their acquisition of grammar.

Recent Publications:
Dracos, M., Requena, P., & Miller, K. (2018-online) Acquisition of Mood Choice in Spanish-Speaking Children. Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics.
Brehm, L., Jackson, C.N., & Miller, K. (2018-online) Speaker-specific processing of anomalous sentences. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.
Hendricks, A.K., Miller, K., & Jackson, C.N. (2018). Regularizing unpredictable variation: Evidence from a naturalistic setting. Language, Learning and Development, 14, 42-60. Available online here: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/c436KzC5GB5DNdeFiPRN/full

Requena, P., Hernandez-Roman, A., & Miller, K. (2015) Children's Knowledge of the Spanish Copulas ser and estar with Novel Adjectives. Language Acquisition: A Journal of Language Development.

Miller, K. (2014) Assessing plural morphology in children acquiring /s/-leniting dialects of Spanish.Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools.

Miller, K. & Hendricks, A. E. (2014) What impact does ambiguous input have on bilingual language acquisition? Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 4(3), 362-367.

Requena, P., Hernandez-Roman, A., & Miller, K. (2014) Puerto Rican Children's Knowledge of the Spanish Copulas Ser and Estar with Adjectives. Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD) Proceedings 38.

Miller, K. & Ramos, M. (2014) Acquisition of Sociolinguistic Variation: Acoustic Characteristics of s-lenition in the Speech of Spanish-speaking Children and their Caregivers. Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD) Proceedings 38.

Miller, K. & Schmitt, C. (2014) Spanish-speaking children's use of verbal agreement in comprehension.Lingua 144, 40-57.

Miller, K. (2013) Acquisition of variable rules: /s/-lenition in the speech of Chilean Spanish-speaking children and their caregiversLanguage Variation and Change 25, 3, 311-340.

Miller, K. (2013) Variable Input: What Sarah reveals about non-agreeing don't and theories of root infinitivesLanguage Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics.

Miller, K. & Schmitt, C. (2012) Variable input and the acquisition of plural morphology. Language Acquisition: A Journal of Language Development19 (3), 223-261.

Miller, K. (2012) Not all children agree: Acquisition of agreement when the input is variable. Language Learning & Development8 (3), 255-277.

Miller, K. (2012) Sociolinguistic Variation in Brown's Sarah Corpus. In: Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD) Proceedings 36. (eds.) A. Biller, E. Chung, A. Kimbal, 339-348, Cascadilla Press.

Miller, K. (2011) Acquisition of Agreement Marking on 'do': A Production- Comprehension Asymmetry. In: N. Danis, K. Mesh, and H. Sung (eds.) Proceedings of the 35th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, 2010, Cascadilla Press, 466-476.

Miller, K. & Schmitt, C. (2010) Effects of variable input in the acquisition of plural in two dialects of Spanish. Lingua 120 (5) 1178-1193.

Schmitt, C. & Miller, K. (2010) Using comprehension methods in language acquisition research. In: S. Unsworth & E. Blom (eds.) Experimental Methods in Language Acquisition Research, John Benjamins, 35-56.

Miller, K. & Schmitt, C. (2009) Syllable-final /s/ lenition and the acquisition of plural morphology in Spanish-speaking children. In: J. Grinstead (ed.) Hispanic Child Languages: Typical and Impaired Development. John Benjamins, 3-27.

Schmitt, C. & Miller, K. (2007) Making discourse dependent decisions: The case of the copulas ser and estar in Spanish. Lingua, 117 (11), 1907-1929.

Miller, K. & Schmitt, C. (2004) An experimental study of child comprehension of Spanish indefinites and bare singulars. Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, 12 (3&4), 247-256.

Current Grants:

NSF BCS 1322763 ($263,299) - The effect of variable input on children's acquisition of null subjects.

National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant #BCS 1251989. (with Carrie Jackson and Alison Hendricks), Doctoral Dissertation Research: Inconsistent input and amount of exposure: Child second language acquisition of Fering, a dialect of North Frisian. [$15,118], Feb-2013 - present.