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Mary Beckman

Mary E. Beckman, Principal Investigator

Mary Beckman's current research focuses on phonological development. This the process by which babies learn to pick out words and other structures in the speech addressed to them and to match these up to the sounds patterns they themselves produce, and then gradually grow a vocabulary and a "grammar" for combining sounds and words into completely novel utterances. It also involves learning to listen like a native speaker as well as learning to sound like someone who belongs in the ambient speech community.