Roberta CorriganRoberta Corrigan

Professor Emeritus

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Ph.D., University of Denver 1976
M.A., University of Denver 1973
B.A., Oberlin College 1971

Research Interests:

General: First language acquisition; Relationships between language and cognition/social cognition; Psychology of language; Usage-based theories of language

Specific: Role of language input and cognition on first language acquisition; Relations between oral language on literacy; Acquisition of word meanings; Learning vocabulary

Teaching Interests:

Applications of basic research in Psychology to Linguistics and Education

Courses Taught:

First Language Acquisition (Linguistics, Fall, 2010)
Oral Language, Cognition, and Literacy (Linguistics and Education, Spring, 2011)
Introduction to Learning and Development (in Education)
Infancy and Early Childhood Development (in Education)
Social Cognition (in Education)

Recent Publications:

Corrigan, R. (2012) Using the CHILDES database. E. Hoff (Ed). Guide to Research Methods in Child Language. NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Corrigan, R. (2011). Effects of pre-service teachers' receptive vocabulary knowledge on their interactive read-alouds with elementary school students. Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 24(7), 749-771.

Corrigan, R. & Surber, J. (2010) The reading level paradox: Why children's picture books are less cohesive than adult books. Discourse Processes, 47, 32-54.

Corrigan, R. Moravcsik, E., Ouali, H. and Wheatley, K. (2009). Introduction. Approaches to the study of formulae. (pp. xi–xxiv) In R. Corrigan, E. Moravcsik, H. Ouali, and K. Wheatley, (Eds).Formulaic Language, Volume 1, Distribution and historical change and Volume 2, Acquisition, loss, psychological reality, and functional explanations. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Corrigan, R. (2008). Beyond the obvious: Constructing meaning from subtle patterns in the language environment. Communication Disorders Quarterly, 29(2), 109-124.

Corrigan, R., (2008). Conveying information about adjective meanings in spoken discourse. Journal of Child Language, 35 (1), 159-184.

Corrigan, R. (2007). An experimental analysis of the affective dimensions of deep vocabulary knowledge used in inferring the meaning of words in context. Applied Linguistics, 28, 211 - 240.