Marilyn Shatz

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Marilyn Shatz

Professor Emerita of Psychology and Linguistics

  • Fields of Study
    • First language acquisition, discourse
  • About

    Marilyn Shatz is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Linguistics. Her research is guided by the questions of how children acquire the particular language of the speech community into which they are born and whether and how, in turn, the use of that language may influence cognitive processes. Thus, specific projects involve investigations into the relations between social, cognitive, and linguistic development. Current projects include studies of word learning and the early organization of the lexicon, cross-linguistic investigations of the development of understanding of mind, and cross-linguistic studies of the development of passive constructions and the influence of classifiers on categorization.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania