Research Interests

Generative syntactic, semantic and pragmatic language acquisition in typically developing children as well as children with neurodevelopmental disorders, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Williams syndrome, and Developmental Language Disorder (previously known as Specific Language Impairment)

Environmental and biological causes of and academic and life consequences of individual variation in the speed of language acquisition in a/typically developing children

Genetic correlates of different language dis/abilities in typically developing children and those with neurodevelopmental disorders

Design and evaluation of language interventions to improve outcomes

Parallels between language and other cognitive/biological systems

Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals

**NEW** Modyanova, N., Perovic, A. & K. Wexler. 2017. Grammar is Differentially Impaired in Subgroups of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Evidence from an Investigation of Tense Marking and Morphosyntax. Frontiers in Psychology, Language Sciences. Research Topic: Investigating Grammar in Autism Spectrum Disorders. 8:320. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00320 [link to PDF]

Perovic, A., Modyanova, N. & K. Wexler. 2013. Comparison of Grammar in Neurodevelopmental Disorders: The Case of Binding in Williams Syndrome and Autism with and without Language Impairment. Language Acquisition. 20 (2): 133-154. doi: 10.1080/10489223.2013.766742 [link to PDF]

Perovic, A., Modyanova, N. & K. Wexler. 2013. Comprehension of Reflexive and Personal Pronouns in Children with Autism: a Syntactic or Pragmatic Deficit? Applied Psycholinguistics. 34 (4): 813-835. doi: 10.1017/S0142716412000033 [link to PDF]

Publications in Refereed Conference Proceedings

Modyanova, N., Agoos, C., Kenney, A., Echelbarger, M., Holt, A. & K. Wexler. 2010. Young Children’s Interpretations of Modal Verbs. In J. Costa, A. Castro, M. Lobo & F. Pratas (Eds.) GALA: Language Acquisition and Development: Proceedings of the Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition 2009. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp 301-312. [PDF]

Modyanova, N. & K. Wexler. 2008. Maximal Trouble in Free Relatives. In H. Chan, H. Jacob, E. Kapia (Eds.) BUCLD 32: Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Cascadilla Press. pp 287-298. [PDF]

Modyanova, N. & K. Wexler. 2007. Semantic and Pragmatic Language Development: Children Know ‘That’ Better. In A. Belikova, L. Meroni and M. Umeda (Eds.) GALANA 2: Proceedings of the 2nd Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition – North America. Cascadilla Press, Somerville, MA. pp 297-308. [link to PDF]

Modyanova, N. 2006. The Genitive of Negation Construction in Russian-English Bilinguals. In D. Bamman, T. Magnitskaia and C. Zaller (Eds.) BUCLD 30: An Online Supplement to the Proceedings of the 30th Boston University Conference on Language Development. [link to PDF]


Modyanova, N. 2009. Semantic and Pragmatic Language Development in Typical Acquisition, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Williams Syndrome with Reference to Developmental Neurogenetics of the latter. MIT Dissertation. [link to PDF from DSpace@MIT]

Manuscripts in Progress

Modyanova, N. & K. Wexler. Semantic and Pragmatic Language Development in Typical Acquisition: What Children Really Know About THE.

Modyanova, N. & K. Wexler. Semantics and Pragmatics in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Comprehension of Definite and Indefinite Articles.

Modyanova, N. & K. Wexler. Semantics and Pragmatics in Children with Williams  Syndrome.

Modyanova, N., Herzmann (Giessmann), C., Echelbarger, M. & K. Wexler. Theory of Mind (NOT) in Determiner Acquisition.

Modyanova, N., Perovic, A., Hirsch, C. & K. Wexler. What Drives Children’s Development of Determiners.

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