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Catherine E. Laing

Postdoctoral Associate, Duke University

I am a Research Associate in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University, North Carolina. I moved to the USA after completing a PhD in Linguistics at the University of York, UK.

My research interests are focused on early infant vocal development, specifically on the transition from babble to words. I am interested in how words are learned and how we can predict an infant's developmental trajectory from both universal and environmental cues. I bring together perspectives from both perception (what infants hear) and production (the sounds infants produce) to consider early language learning as holistically as possible.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral Associate, Duke University
  • 2015–2016
    Associate lecturer, University of York


  • 2016
    How salient are onomatopoeia in the early input? A prosodic analysis of infant-directed speech, Journal of Child Language
  • 2014
    A phonological analysis of onomatopoeia in early word production, First Language