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SSP Forum: Marisa Casillas (Wasow Visiting Scholar) on childrens' language learning

Monday, April 22, 2024
Margaret Jacks Hall (Bldg. 460)
Room 126
(See description for Notes on Entry)
Marisa Casillas

Marisa Casillas

Symbolic Systems Forum
(community sessions of SYMSYS 280 - Symbolic Systems Research Seminar)

What does it take for a child to learn a language?

Marisa Casillas
Department of Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago
Thomas A. Wasow Visiting Scholar in Symbolic Systems

Monday, April 22, 2024
12;30-1:20 pm PT
Margaret Jacks Hall (Bldg. 460), Room 126
In-person event, not recorded 
(see below for entry instructions if you are not an active Stanford affiliate)

Note: Lunch is provided, if pre-ordered, only for members of SYMSYS 280, but others are welcome to bring a lunch and eat during the presentation.


In order to reason about the cognitive capacities that enable human language learning, we first need to grasp the variety of linguistic environments that support typical development. In this talk I’ll discuss how methods for capturing children’s language experience have changed over the years, due to both technological advances and increasing investment in more inclusive research. I will discuss how recent findings overturn assumptions and inspire new approaches to old questions.


Entry to the building is open to anyone with an active Stanford ID via the card readers next to each door. If you do not have a Stanford ID, you can gain entry between 12:15 and 12:30pm ONLY by knocking on the exterior windows of room 126. These windows are to the left of the west side exterior door on the first floor of Margaret Jacks Hall, which faces the back east side of Building 420. Please do not knock on these windows after 12:30pm when the talk has started. We will not be able to come out and open the door for you at that point.