Dr Ben Ambridge

In press

Ambridge, B., Rowland, C.F., Theakston, A.L. & Kidd, E.J. (in press). The ubiquity of frequency effects in first language acquisition. Journal of Child Language [Target article + commentaries]

Ambridge, B., & Lieven, E.V.M. (in press). A Constructivist Account. In B. MacWhinney and W. O'Grady (Eds). Handbook of Language Emergence. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell. [docx]

Ambridge, B. (in press). Island constraints and overgeneralization in language acquisition. Cognitive Linguistics. [pdf]

 

Submitted

Räsänen, S. H. M., Ambridge, B. & Pine, J. M. (submitted). An elicited-production study of inflectional verb morphology in child Finnish. Cognitive Science.

Ambridge, B., Bidgood, A., Pine, J.M., Rowland, C.F. & Freudenthal, D. (submitted). Is passive syntax semantically constrained? Evidence from comprehension and grammaticality judgment studies with adults and children. Cognitive Science.

Ambridge, B. (submitted). A connectionist model of the retreat from verb argument structure overgeneralization.

Ambridge, B., Thomas, E., & Uden, B. (submitted). Good, gooder, goodest (da, daach, daaf): The roles of entrenchment and pre-emption in the restriction of overgeneralization errors with Welsh comparative adjectives.

Ambridge, B., Bidgood, A., Twomey, E., Pine, J.M., Rowland, C.F. & Freudenthal, D. (submitted). Preemption versus Entrenchment: Towards a construction-general solution to the problem of the retreat from verb argument structure overgeneralization. PLoS ONE

Ambridge, B. (submitted). "I once picked my nose ‘til it bleeded". Child Language Acquisition in The Simpsons. [pdf]

 

Published

Blything, R. Ambridge, B., & Lieven, E.V.M. (2014). Children use statistics and semantics in the retreat from overgeneralization. PLoS ONE, 9(10) e110009. [Open Access]

Ambridge, B., Noble, C., & Lieven, E.V.M. (2014). The semantics of the transitive causative construction: Evidence from a forced-choice pointing study with adults and children. Cognitive Linguistics, 25(2), 293-311.[docx]

Ambridge, B., Pine, J. M., & Lieven, E.V.M. (2014). Child Language Acquisition: Why Universal Grammar doesn't help. Language: Perspectives. [docx]

Twomey, K., Chang, F., & Ambridge, B. (2014). Do as I say, not as I do: A lexical distributional account of English locative verb class acquisition. Cognitive Psychology [pdf]

Bidgood, A., Ambridge, B., Pine, J.M. & Rowland, C.F. (2014). The retreat from locative overgeneralisation errors: A novel verb grammaticality judgment study. PLoS ONE, 9(5), e97634 [Open Access] [Excel data]

Ambridge, B., Pine, J. M, Rowland, C. F., Freudenthal, D.,  & Chang, F. (2014).  Avoiding dative overgeneralization errors: semantics, statistics or both? Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 29(2)218-243. [pdf] [Appendices] [PO and DO dative corpus counts, semantic ratings]

Ambridge, B. (2014). Psy-Q. London: Profile / New York: Penguin [book]

Räsänen, S. H. M., Ambridge, B. & Pine, J. M. (2014). Infinitives or bare stems? Are English-speaking children defaulting to the highest frequency form? Journal of Child Language. [pdf]

Ambridge, B. (2013). How do children restrict their linguistic generalizations?: an (un-)grammaticality judgment study. Cognitive Science, 37 (3), 508-543. [Open Access]

Ambridge, B.,  & Rowland, C. F. (2013).  Experimental methods in studying child language acquisition. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, 4, 149–168. [pdf]

Ambridge, B., Pine, J.M., Rowland, C.F., Chang, F.  & Bidgood, A. (2013).  The retreat from overgeneralization in child language acquisition: Word learning, morphology and verb argument structure. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, 4: 47–62. [pdf]

Ambridge, B. (2013). Just who didn't eat what, exactly? Negation and universal quantification in the real world. Linguistic Approaches to Billingualism, 3(3), 287–288 [pdf]

Ambridge, B. & Brandt, S. (2013). "Lisa filled water into the cup": The roles of entrenchment, pre-emption and verb semantics in German speakers’ L2 acquisition of English locatives. Zeitschrift fur Anglistik und Amerikanistik, 61(3), 245-263 [pdf]

Ambridge, B., Pine, J.M. & Rowland, C.F. (2012). Semantics versus statistics in the retreat from locative overgeneralization errors. Cognition, 123(2) 260–279. [pdf]

Ambridge, B., Pine, J. M., Rowland, C. F. & Chang, F. (2012). The roles of verb semantics, entrenchment and morphophonology in the retreat from dative argument structure overgeneralization errors. Language, 88(1) 45–81. [pdf]

Rowland, C.F., Chang, F., Ambridge, B., Pine, J. M., & Lieven, E.V.M. (2012). The development of abstract syntax: Evidence from structural priming and the lexical boost. Cognition, 125(1) 49–63. [pdf]

Ambridge, B. & Lieven, E.V.M., (2011) Child Language Acquisition: Contrasting theoretical approaches. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. [book preview]

Ambridge, B. (2011) Paradigms for assessing children’s knowledge of syntax and morphology in E. Hoff (ed.) Guide to Research Methods in Child Language. London: Blackwell-Wiley (pp 113-132). [pdf]

Ambridge, B., Pine, J.M. & Rowland, C.F., (2011). Children use verb semantics to retreat from overgeneralization errors: A novel verb grammaticality judgment study. Cognitive Linguistics, 22(2), 303–323. [pdf]

Ambridge, B. (2010). Children’s judgments of regular and irregular novel past tense forms: New data on the dual- versus single-route debate. Developmental Psychology 46(6), 1497-1504. [pdf]

Ambridge, B., Pine, J. M., Rowland, C. F., Jones, R.L, & Clark, V. (2009). A semantics-based approach to the ‘no negative-evidence’ problem Cognitive Science, 33(7), 1301-1316. [pdf]

Ambridge, B., & Rowland, C.F. (2009). Predicting children’s errors with negative questions: Testing a schema-combination account. Cognitive Linguistics, 20(2), 225-266. [pdf]

Ambridge, B., Pine, J.M., Rowland, C.F. & Young, C.R. (2008) The effect of verb semantic class and verb frequency (entrenchment) on children's and adults' graded judgements of argument-structure overgeneralization errors. Cognition. 106(1), 87-129. [pdf]

Ambridge, B., Rowland, C. F., & Pine, J. M. (2008). Is Structure Dependence an innate constraint? New experimental evidence from children's complex question production. Cognitive Science, 32(1), 222-255. [pdf]

Ambridge, B., & Goldberg, A., E. (2008). The island status of clausal complements: evidence in favor of an information structure explanation. Cognitive Linguistics, 19(3), 349-381. [pdf]

Ambridge, B. & Pine. J.M. (2006) Testing the Agreement/Tense Omission Model using an Elicited Imitation Paradigm. Journal of Child Language 33(4)879-898. [pdf]

Ambridge, B., Rowland, C. F., Theakston, A. & Tomasello, M. (2006) Comparing Different Accounts of Non-Inversion Errors in Children’s Non-Subject Wh-Questions: ‘What experimental data can tell us?’ Journal of Child Language 30(3) 519-557. [pdf]

Ambridge, B. Theakston, A., Lieven, E.V.M. & Tomasello, M. (2006) The Distributed Learning Effect for Children’s Acquisition of an Abstract Grammatical Construction. Cognitive Development 21, 174–193. [pdf]

Ambridge, B. (2004). Experimental investigations of the formation and restriction of abstract grammatical constructions in young children. Unpublished PhD Thesis, University of Manchester. [doc]

Gathercole, S.E., Pickering, S.J, Ambridge, B. & Waring, H. (2004) The Structure of Working Memory from 4-15 Years of Age. Developmental Psychology 40(2) 177-190. [pdf]

 

Book Reviews

Ambridge, B. (2010) Review of Gulzow and N. Gagarina (Eds). Frequency Effects in Language Acquisition: Defining the limits of frequency as an explanatory concept. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. Journal of Child Language, 37(2), 453-460. [pdf]

Ambridge, B. (2009) Review of Ninio, A. (2006) Language and the learning curve: A new theory of Syntactic Development: Oxford: Oxford University Press. Infant and Child Development, 18 102-104. [pdf]

Ambridge, B. (2009) Review of Hirsh-Pasek, K. & Golinkoff, R.M (2005) Action meets word: How children learn verbs. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Infant and Child Development, 18 99-101. [pdf]

 

Handouts and things

Slides for my LOT summer school course on Child Language Acquisition, based partly on my textbook [zip]

A Psychology tutorial based on Ben Goldacre's book Bad Science; predictably called Bad Psychology

Learn the Russian alphabet with this chart

Statistics for the terrified in two pages (between subjects t-test with no SPSS[TM]) [pdf] [xlsx]

Worksheet with datafile: Running a complex within-subjects ANOVA in SPSS[TM] (and reporting it) [zip]

Got SPSS[TM] data that you need to convert into R format? Here's how [Handout by Amy Bidgood]

Ambridge, B. (in press). Over-generalization of grammatical constructions. In. P. Brooks, V. Kempe, & J.G. Golson (Eds.) Encyclopaedia of Language Development [docx]

Ambridge, B. (in press). Grammaticality Judgment Task. In. P. Brooks, V. Kempe, & J.G. Golson (Eds.) Encyclopaedia of Language Development [docx]

Ambridge, B. (in press). Language Development. In Miller, H.L. (Ed.) The SAGE Encyclopedia of Theory in Psychology [docx]

 

Links

Book/blog: PSY-Q......Google scholar page......My band......University page