Our team is curious about all aspects of spoken language development. How does the human mind enable children to tune into their native language so easily? How does the infant brain convert the physical speech signal to abstract cognitive representations? How do infants exposed to more than one language (or language variety) make sense of their speech input? And why do children learn to speak like others in their community, regardless of how their parents speak? Our primary aim is not just to describe child language abilities, but to explore how children’s perceptual, cognitive, and social abilities enable the development of adult-like communication skills. Our work is inherently interdisciplinary, and we love to stretch the boundaries of our imagination through collaboration. Below is a list of some of our active lines of inquiry. The common thread connecting all of this work is a deep desire to understand how spoken communication develops, in both the mind and society.