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Ann Bunger


Lecturer, Lingustics
Office: Memorial Hall 220
Phone: (812) 855-7465


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Education

  • Ph.D., Linguistics, Northwestern University, 2006
  • B.S., Biology and Linguistics, The College of William and Mary, 1997

Research Interests

Language processing and acquisition, word learning, syntax-semantics interface, language and cognition

How do children learn to make sense of the world around them, and how do they learn to describe it? In Ann Bunger's research, she uses experimental methodologies like eyetracking and preferential looking to investigate the mapping between conceptual and linguistic representations of events. She is especially interested in understanding how event construal and description differ across languages and with linguistic and conceptual development. Specific areas of interest include how children represent and label multi-part events like causatives and motion events, what crosslinguistic patterns of linguistic encoding can tell us about event construal, and how early conceptual knowledge might provide a foundation for universal linguistic categories.