Infant Language Center



The Infant Language Center at the University of Pennsylvania studies how language develops in infants and toddlers. Our primary goal is to better understand how children acquire language. Our studies take place at the University of Pennsylvania at the new beautiful state of the art Levin building. We would love to host you and your child’s visit.

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We are working with infants and toddlers ranging from 5 months to 30 months (2 and a half years). If you’re interested in participating in one of our studies or learning more about our lab, please check out our website.

A  few representative research articles

Swingley, D., & Van der Feest, S. (2019). A crosslinguistic examination of toddlers’ interpretation of vowel duration. Infancy. 24, 300-317. 10.1111/infa.12280 Author version pdf Journal version pdf Wiley link link

Bergelson, E., & Swingley, D. (2018). Young infants’ word comprehension given an unfamiliar talker or altered pronunciations. Child Development. 10.1111/cdev.12888 pdf PubMed

Bergelson, E., & Swingley, D. (2013). The acquisition of abstract words by young infants. Cognition, 127, 391-397. pdf