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Cynthia Lukyanenko

Cynthia Lukyanenko

Cynthia Lukyanenko

Adjunct Faculty

language acquisition, morphology, morphosyntax, language variation

Cynthia Lukyanenko is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Linguistics in the Department of English at George Mason University. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on research methods and first language acquisition. Her research focuses on children’s acquisition of first language morphology and morphosyntax, and has included studies exploring preschoolers’ knowledge of plural morphology, subject-verb agreement, and constraints on pronoun coreference. Her recent work explores how children's acquisition of these aspects of language changes if the input they receive is variable.

She earned her BA in Linguistics from the University of Maryland College Park, and her PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She also conducted postdoctoral research in the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese at Penn State.

Selected Publications

Lukyanenko, C., & Fisher, C. (2016). Where are the cookies? 2- and 3-year-olds use number-marked verbs to anticipate upcoming nouns. Cognition 146, 349-370. [link]

Lukyanenko, C., Conroy, A., & Lidz, J. (2014). Is she patting Katie? Constraints on pronominal reference in 30-month-olds. Language Learning and Development 10(4), 328-344. [link]