child language acquisition, morphology, morphosyntax, language variation, real-time language comprehension
Cynthia Lukyanenko is an Term Assistant Professor of Linguistics in the Department of English at George Mason University. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on research methods, first language acquisition and syntax. 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, and how adults understand negative dependencies.
She earned her BA in Linguistics from the University of Maryland College Park, and her MA and 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.
Blanchette, F. & Lukyanenko, C. (2019). Unacceptable grammar? An eye-tracking study of English Negative Concord. Language and Cognition. [link]
Lukyanenko, C. & Miller, K. (2018). Children's and adults' processing of variable agreement patterns: Agreement neutralization in English. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. [link]
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]