Dr. Alex de Carvalho is a psycholinguist who studies language acquisition and language processing and the role of cognitive processes in child development and literacy attainment.
Some of the fundamental questions that Dr. de Carvalho is interested in include:
In his work, Dr. de Carvalho employs a multidisciplinary approach, spanning the fields of education, developmental psychology, cognitive science, and linguistics. He uses a variety of methods (including eye tracking, Electroencephalography (EEG), lexical decision tasks, preferential listening, visual fixation tasks, language production tasks, and assessments of executive function skills) to investigate how spoken language processing skills are acquired and developed from infancy into adulthood. By focusing on a wide range of age groups, Dr. de Carvalho examines how people learn to integrate multiple forms of knowledge over time to process and learn language, as well as the relationship between spoken language comprehension and cognitive control skills in children’s ability to read.
de Carvalho, A., He, A. X., Lidz, J., & Christophe, A. (2019). Prosody and function words cue the acquisition of word meanings in 18-month-old infants. Psychological Science
de Carvalho, A., Dautriche, I., Lin, I., & Christophe, A. (2017). Phrasal prosody constrains syntactic analysis in toddlers. Cognition, 163(6), 67-79. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2017.02.018.
de Carvalho, A.*, Reboul, A.*, Van der Henst, J-B., Chelyus, A., Nazir, T. (2016). Scalar Implicatures: The Psychological Reality of Scales. Frontiers in Psychology. 7:1500. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01500.
de Carvalho, A., Dautriche, I., Christophe, A. (2016). Preschoolers use phrasal prosody online to constrain syntactic analysis. Developmental Science, 19(2), 235-250.
de Carvalho, A., Lidz, J., Tieu, L., Bleam, T., & Christophe, A. (2016). English-speaking preschoolers can use phrasal prosody for syntactic parsing. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 139(6), EL216-EL222