Géraldine Legendre

Director of Graduate Admissions

Krieger 249 | Krieger 230 (lab)
By appointment
410-516-5331 | 410-516-3334 (lab)
Curriculum Vitae
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My research interests include adult and child (morpho-)syntax; role of optimization in formal models of variation; optimality Theory in syntax and acquisition of syntax; models of the interfaces: Mappings between lexical semantics and syntax, syntax and prosody, and information structure and syntax; cross-linguistic variation in syntax and morphology (with a particular focus on clitics and related topics in French, Romance, and Balkan languages); and general cognitive architecture underlying the language faculty.

  • 050.240 The World of Language
  • 050.227/427 Topics in the History of the Romance Languages
  • 050.320/620 Syntax I
  • 050.321/621 Syntax II
  • 050.817 Research Seminar in Semantics
  • 050.818 AcqLab Research Seminar
  • 050.821 Sentence++ Research Seminar
  • 050.822 Research Seminar in Syntax
  • 050.825 Research Seminar in OT
  • 050.827 Research Seminar in Acquisition
  • 050.830 Topics in Cognitive Science
  • 050.839 Research in Cognitive Science

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Optimality Theoretic Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics: From Uni-to Bidirectional Optimization
Oxford University Press, 2016

I Barriere, G Legendre, B Joseph, S Kresh, PF Guetjen, T Nazzi
Le statut linguistique des pronoms du créole haïtien et du français: une étude de corpus
SHS Web of Conferences 27, 14006, 2016

I Barrière, L Goyet, S Kresh, G Legendre, T Nazzi
Uncovering productive morphosyntax in French-learning toddlers: a multidimensional methodology perspective
Journal of child language, 1-27, 2015

G Legendre, J Culbertson, E Zaroukian, L Hsin, I Barrière, T Nazzi
Is children's comprehension of subject–verb agreement universally late? Comparative evidence from French, English, and Spanish
Lingua 144, 21-39, 2014

J Culbertson, G Legendre
Prefixal agreement and impersonal ‘il’in Spoken French: Experimental evidence
Journal of French Language Studies 24 (01), 83-105, 2014

T Nazzi, NG Gomez, G Legendre, J Culbertson, I Barrière, L Hsin
Revealing Early Comprehension of Subject-Verb Agreement in Spanish
38th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, 2014

L Rissman, G Legendre, B Landau
Abstract morphosyntax in two-and three-year-old children: Evidence from priming
Language Learning and Development 9 (3), 278-292, 2013

L Hsin, G Legendre, A Omaki
Priming cross-linguistic interference in Spanish–English bilingual children
Proceedings of the 37th annual Boston university conference on language ..., 2013

G Legendre, J Culbertson, E Zaroukian, L Hsin, I Barrière, T Nazzi
Is children’s comprehension of subject--verb agreement universally late? Comparative evidence from French, English, and Spanish
lingua 2013, 004, 2013

J Culbertson, P Smolensky, G Legendre
Learning biases predict a word order universal
Cognition 122 (3), 306-329, 2012

J Culbertson, P Smolensky, G Legendre
Statistical Learning Constrained by Syntactic Biases in an Artificial Language Learning Task

G Legendre, P Smolensky
On the asymmetrical difficulty of acquiring person reference in French: production versus comprehension
Journal of Logic, Language and Information 21 (1), 7-30, 2012

T Nazzi, I Barrière, L Goyet, S Kresh, G Legendre
Tracking irregular morphophonological dependencies in natural language: Evidence from the acquisition of subject-verb agreement in French
Cognition 120 (1), 119-135, 2011

G Legendre, I Barrière, L Goyet, T Nazzi
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I Barrière, L Goyet, T Nazzi, S Kresh, G Legendre
The representation of subject-verb agreement in French-learning toddlers: New evidence from the comprehension of an infrequent pattern of pseudoverbs
BUCLD 35 Proceedings. Cascadilla Press, Somerville, MA, 38-48, 2011

J Culbertson, G Legendre
Investigating the evolution of agreement systems using an artificial language learning paradigm
Pragmatic Processing Factors in Negative Island Contexts, 46, 2010

G Legendre, I Barriere, L Goyet, T Nazzi
Comprehension of Infrequent Subject–Verb Agreement Forms: Evidence From French‐Learning Children
Child Development 81 (6), 1859-1875, 2010

L Hogeweg, G Legendre, P Smolensky
Kinship terminology: polysemy or categorization?
Behavioral and Brain Sciences 33 (05), 386-387, 2010

J Culbertson, P Smolensky, G Legendre
Some evidence for cognitive universals! in language and beyond!

G Legendre, J Culbertson, I Barriere, T Nazzi, L Goyet
Experimental and empirical evidence for the status and acquisition of subject clitics and agreement marking in adult and child Spoken French
Movement and clitics, 333-360, 2010