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Research interests

As a member of the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG), Van Hout leads the Acquisition Lab there.  Her main research focus is the acquisition of temporal and nominal reference in typically developing monolingual children, specifically, tense and aspect, telicity and culmination, definiteness. Additional acquisition interests include various topics in syntax, semantics, pragmatics and cognition: quantification, subject and object questions, long-distance wh-questions, object and quantificational pronouns, passives, scalar implicatures, theory of mind reasoning.

Key words:

First language acquisition; tense and aspect; definiteness; crosslinguistic variation in acquisition; formal approaches to semantics, syntax, pragmatics.


How adults and children interpret disjunction under negation in Dutch, French, Hungarian and Italian: A cross-linguistic comparison

Interpretation of imperfective past tense in Spanish: Do child and adult language varieties differ?

On the acquisition of scalar and additive inferences: Evidence from Spanish incluso ‘even’ and ni siquiera ‘not even’

Probing OR vs. NOT-OR in French children: Semantic or pragmatic immaturity?

Putting linguistics on the ATLAS of language needs

Event endings in memory and language

Exhaustive pairing errors in passives

Children’s non-adultlike interpretations of telic predicates across languages

Long-distance wh-questions in French children: Revisiting computational complexity

Resultative event representations in Dutch children and adults: Does describing events help memory?

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Taalontwikkeling bij tweelingen: Inzichten uit wetenschappelijk onderzoek.

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Taalontwikkeling bij tweelingen: Inzichten uit wetenschappelijk onderzoek.

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