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Nicholas Tippenhauer

Graduate Student
Research Area: Developmental Science

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

Nick is interested in language acquisition and development. In one line of research, Nick studies potential context dependencies in early word learning. In another line of work, he investigates how infants understand and respond to references to absent things. Additionally, Nick is working on a project exploring the factors that influence children's tendencies to ask questions about word meanings. With Dr. Duane Watson, Nick is currently collaborating with Dr. Casey Lew-Williams in the Princeton Baby Lab on a project exploring the structure of child-directed speech.



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Representative Publications


Tippenhauer, N., Jacobs, C. L., & Watson, D. G. (2018) Production predictions: Word duration under two theories. Poster presented at the 31st CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing. Davis, CA.

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)