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Dr. Mahesh Srinivasan will begin by presenting studies that address whether the experience of poverty itself—above and beyond factors like parenting knowledge—may suppress parents’ speech to their children. His findings suggest that financial scarcity may impact how anybody would speak to their child, motivating the need for policies that address systemic inequities. Then, he will discuss research which assesses children’s ability to learn from overheard speech (ambient speech that is not directed to a child), which is a main form of children’s early experience with language in many communities around the world. His findings suggest that children can learn from overheard speech, and may not need to be spoken to often in order to learn words on a “normal” timeline. He will discuss the theoretical and practical implications of his findings.

Speaker

Dr. Mahesh Srinivasan

Dr. Mahesh Srinivasan

Associate Professor,
Department of Psychology,
UC Berkeley