If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

Research interests

Child language, acquisition of morphology, syntax and semantics, language development in children with language delay (specific language impairment)

Biography

I study children's acquisition of language, in particular, their acquisition of grammatical structures (syntax) and sentence meanings (semantics). My research is conducted within the framework of Chomsky's 'Universal Grammar'. The goal of my research is to understand which aspects of children's knowledge of language are in place at birth, and which aspects are learned over time from the environment. To understand children's developing grammars, I do experiments with young children. Recently, I have also been studying the grammars of children with language delay, sometimes termed specific language impairment.

I am a CI in the Language Program of the ARC Centre of Cognition and its Disorders and Director of the Centre for Language Sciences. Within the Linguistics department, I am Research Director. 

Research student supervision

I am available as an MRes or PhD supervisor for projects in child language acquisition, especially in children's morphological, syntactic and semantic knowledge. I would also consider supervision of projects working with special populations of chlldren on these areas of linguistic knowledge.

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Rosalind Thornton is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • 30 Similar Profiles
language Social Sciences
Language Medicine & Life Sciences
grammar Social Sciences
interpretation Social Sciences
syntax Social Sciences
linguistics Social Sciences
Linguistics Medicine & Life Sciences
Child Language Medicine & Life Sciences

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Projects 2006 2021

Research Outputs 1991 2019

The interpretation of disjunction in VP ellipsis in Mandarin Chinese

Gao, N., Thornton, R., Zhou, P. & Crain, S., Apr 2019, Three streams of generative language acquisition research. Ionin, T. & Rispoli, M. (eds.). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing, p. 107-124 18 p. (Language Acquisition and Language Disorders; vol. 63).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Open Access
interpretation
Linguistics
speaking
Group
linguistics

When OR is conjunctive in child Mandarin

Huang, D., Thornton, R. & Crain, S., Apr 2019, Three streams of generative language acquisition research. Ionin, T. & Rispoli, M. (eds.). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing, p. 125-142 18 p. (Language Acquisition and Language Disorders; vol. 63).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Licensure
value judgement
interpretation
license

An introduction to language

Fromkin, V., Rodman, R., Hyams, N., Amberber, M., Cox, F. & Thornton, R., 2018, 9th ed. South Melbourne, Vic.: Cengage Learning. 610 p.

Research output: Book/ReportTextbookResearch

language
student
learning objective
phonetics
syntax

Children’s interpretation of disjunction in negative sentences: a comparison of Turkish and German

Geçkin, V., Thornton, R. & Crain, S., 3 Apr 2018, In : Language Acquisition. 25, 2, p. 197-212 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

interpretation
speaking
animal
language
Eat

Cleft sentences and reconstruction in child language

Thornton, R., Kiguchi, H. & D'Onofrio, E., Jun 2018, In : Language. 94, 2, p. 405-431 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

reconstruction
language
linguistics
value judgement
interpretation