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Nicholas Tippenhauer

Graduate Student
Research Area: Developmental Science

language development; word learning; language production; social cognition and language

Very broadly, I am interested in language acquisition and development. In one line of research, I study potential context dependencies in word learning. In another line of work, I investigate how infants understand and respond to references to absent things. Additionally, I am working on a project exploring the factors that influence children's tendencies to ask questions about word meanings. I am currently collaborating with Casey Lew-Williams in the Princeton Baby Lab on a project exploring the structure of child-directed speech. As an undergraduate, I studied how young infants learn abstract underlying patterns from different kinds of input.



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Representative Publications


Tippenhauer, N., Saylor, M. M. (2017). Different context, same learning: 2-year-olds’ robust learning across contexts. Poster presented at the Cognitive Development Society Meeting 2017. 

Sun, Y., Jimenez, S. R., Tippenhauer, N., Saylor, M. M. (2017). Preschoolers' evelatuions of definitions. Poster presetned at the Cognitive Deveopment Society Meeting 2017.



2016 Senior Thesis Prize in Linguistics, Princeton University 

Princeton University Program in Linguistics Research Funding ($2250)

Princeton University Office of the Dean of the College Thesis Funding ($2150)