Department of Psychology
33 Kirkland St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
University of Washington, B.A., 1994
University of Pennsylvania, M.A., 1996
University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D., 1999
2010- Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Harvard University
2006-2010 John L. Loeb Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Harvard University
2001-2006 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Harvard University
2000-2001 Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, University of Pennsylvania
|2015-2016||The Structure of Logical Representations in Language and Thought. Mind/Brain/Behavior|
|2015-2017||Grammar, motives, and events: infants’ use of linguistic categories in reasoning about intentions. The Pershing Square Venture Fund for Research on the Foundations of Human Behavior|
|2014-2015||Nicaraguan Sign Language as a Window into Language Development and Cognition. David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies|
|2012-2015||Prosodic and Pragmatic Training in Highly-Verbal Children with Autism. Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative|
|2009-2012||From Words to Inferences: The Development of Incremental Language Comprehension. NSF BCS|
|2013-2015||Development of Language Comprehension (in Turkish). Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship.|
|2013-2014||Number and Counting in Indigenous Communities in Brazil. David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies|
|2009-2012||BCS: From Words to Inferences: the Development of Incremental Language Comprehension. NSF-BCS.|
|2009-2012||Prosodic and Pragmatic Processes in Highly-Verbal Children with Autism. Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative|
|2011-2012||Testing a Top-Down Impairment Hypothesis of Linguistic Deficits in Schizophrenia (Co-PI: G. Kuperberg). Mind/Brain/Behavior, Harvard University|
|2009-2011||Cognitive Neuroscience of Autism (Language Subcontract, PI: N. Kanwisher). The Ellison Medical Foundation|
|2007-2008||Language Comprehension in Children with Pragmatic and Linguistic Challenges. Research Enabling Grants, Harvard University.|
|2004-2006||Language Acquisition in Internationally Adopted Children. NSF BCS.|
|2004-2006||Understanding the Grammatical Development of Children with Cochlear Implants. The William F. Milton Fund|
|2002-2004||Bayesian Learning at the Syntax-Semantics Interface (co-PI: R. Berwick). NSF ITR|
Children’s comprehension of negation: When can you say “no” to a toddler? Invited talk at the 2015 Xprag.de meeting, Göttingen, June 2015.
Clean Mapping: A sketchy story about how conceptual structure could shape language acquisition and some evidence suggesting that it just might be true. Invited talk at ZAS, Berlin, June 2015. [Also: University of Maryland, Cognitive Science Colloquium, February 2015; Yale Developmental Seminar, January 2015; University of Connecticut, Linguistics Colloquium, October 2014; University of Edinburgh, September 2014]
Embodied cognition(s), development and language: An outsider’s perspective. Göttingen, July 2015. [Also: ZAS Berlin, June 2015; Embodied and Situated Language Processing, Newcastle, August 2012.]
Scalar implicature: a whirlwind tour with stops in processing, development and disorder. Tubingen, July 2015. [Earlier versions presented as invited talks at: University College London, June 2013; CUNY 2014, University of Ohio, March 2014; Xprag.de annual meeting, ZAS, Berlin, June 2014]
Comprehension of case in German children: Evidence against a maturational hypothesis. (Özge, Kornfilt, Münster, Knoeferle, Küntay & Snedeker). CUNY 2015, USC, March 2015.
Children’s language comprehension: incremental, interactive and abstract. Michigan State University, Cognitive Science Colloquium, March 2014. [Also: Potsdam University, June 2015; Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, DF Mexico, February 2014; Indiana University, Cognitive Science Colloquium, October 2013]
Pragmatic and Prosodic Processing in Autism. ZAS, June 2015. [Earlier versions presented as invited talks at: University College London, June 2013; Prosody Xprag.de annual meeting, June 2014]
- New Work
- Children’s Language Processing
- Language in Autism
- International Adoption as a Natural Experiment
- Experimental Semantics and Pragmatics
- Word Learning and Concepts
Snedeker, J., & Huang, Y. (2017). Sentence Processing. In E. Bavin and L. Naigles (Eds.), The Handbook of Child Language, 2nd Edition, 409-437. Cambridge University Press.
Hartshorne, J., O’Donnell, T., Sudo, Y., Uruwashi, M., Lee, M. & Snedeker, J. (2016). Psych verbs, the linking problem, and the acquisition of language. Cognition, 157, 268-88. doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2016.08.008
Kocab, A, Senghas, A. and Snedeker, J. (2016). The emergence of temporal language in Nicaraguan Sign Language. Cognition, 156, 147-163. doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2016.08.005
Feiman, R., & Snedeker, J. (2016). The logic in language: How all quantifiers are alike, but each quantifier is different. Cognitive Psychology, 87, 29-52. DOI: 10.1016/j.cogpsych.2016.04.002
Lee, EK., & Snedeker, J. (2016). Effects of Contrastive accents on children’s discourse comprehension. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 1-7. DOI: 10.3758/s13423-016-1069-7
Kline, M., Schulz, L., and Snedeker, J. (2016). Linking Language and Events: Spatiotemporal Cues Drive Children’s Expectations About the Meanings of Novel Transitive Verbs. Language Learning and Development, 1-23. DOI: 10.1080/15475441.2016.1171771
Kaplan, E., Levari, T., and Snedeker, J. (2016) Eye-Tracking and Spoken Language Comprehension. In C. Was, F. Sansosti, and B. Morris (Eds.) Eye-Tracking Technology Applications in Educational Research, 88-105.
Hahn, N., Snedeker, J., & Rabagliati, H. (2015). Rapid linguistic ambiguity resolution in young children with autism spectrum disorder: Eye tracking evidence for the limits of weak central coherence. Autism Research, 8(6), 717-726. DOI 10.1002/aur.1487
Hartshorne, J. K., Pogue, A., & Snedeker, J. (2015). Love is hard to understand: The relationship between transitivity and caused events in the acquisition of emotion verbs. To appear in Journal of Child Language.
Hartshorne, J. K., Nappa, R. & Snedeker, J. (2015). Development of the first-mention bias, Journal of Child Language.
Romoli, J., Khan, M., Sudo, Y., & Snedeker, J. (2015). Solving temporary referential ambiguity using presupposed content. In Schwarz, F. (Ed.),Experimental Perspectives on Presuppositions (pp. 67-87). Springer International Publishing.
Hartshorne, J. K., Snedeker, J., Liem Azar, S. Y. M., & Kim, A. E. (2015). The neural computation of scalar implicature Language, Cognition and Neuroscience,30(5), 620-634. DOI:10.1080/23273798.2014.981195
Wittenberg, E. & Snedeker, J. (2014). It takes two to kiss, but does it take three to give a kiss? Categorization based on thematic roles, Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 29(5), 635-641. DOI: 10.1080/01690965.2013.831918
Diehl, J., Friedberg, C., Paul, R & Snedeker, J. (2014). The use of prosody during syntactic processing in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders, Development and Psychopathology. DOI: 10.1017/S0954579414000741.
Srinivasan, M. & Snedeker, J. (2014). Polysemy and the taxonomic constraint: Children’s representation of words that label multiple kinds, Language Learning and Development, 10(2), 97-128. DOI: 10.1080/15475441.2013.820121
Shafto, C. L., Havasi, C., & Snedeker, J. (2014). On the plasticity of semantic generalizations: Children and adults modify their verb lexicalization biases in response to changing input. Developmental Psychology, 50(3):794-808. DOI: 10.1037/a0034253
Huang, Y., Zheng, X., Meng, X., & Snedeker, J. (2013). Assignment of grammatical roles in the online processing of Mandarin passive sentences. Journal of Memory and Language, 69, 589-606. DOI: 10.1016/j.jml.2013.08.002
Snedeker, J. (2013). Children’s Sentence Processing. In van Gompel (ed), Sentence Processing. New York, New York: Psychology Press. pp. 189-220.
Rabagliati, H. & Snedeker, J. (2013). The truth about chickens and bats: Ambiguity avoidance distinguishes types of polysemy. Psychological Science. 24, 1354-1360.