Emma Nguyen

Lecturer in Child Language Acquisition Newcastle University.


#MyNameIs: em-ma win

emma.nguyen [at] newcastle.ac.uk

Percy Building

Newcastle University

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

I am a Lecturer (= Tenured Assistant Professor) in Child Language Acquisition in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University in the UK. In my research, I investigate the quantity and quality of input that is developmentally meaningful for children learning the same language particularly in their acquisition of complex syntactic knowledge such as the verbal passive.

Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher in Language Science at the University of California, Irvine, working with Lisa Pearl and funded by an SPRF grant from the National Science Foundation.

I recently received my Ph.D. in August 2021 from the University of Connecticut. My dissertation is titled The predictive power of lexical semantics on the acquisition of passive voice in young children under the supervision of William Snyder, Lisa Pearl, Diane Lillo-Martin, and Letitia Naigles.


Dec 15, 2023 Invited talk at the Research Seminars in Linguistics at Ulster University
Nov 18, 2023 I’m co-leading the Preschool Poets event at the Being Human Festival 2023 with Rebecca Woods and Harry Man.
Jun 28, 2023 We organized the Workshop on Verbal Domains at Newcastle University
Jan 26, 2023 Invited talk at the Cambridge Linguistics Forum at Cambridge University

selected publications

  1. LangAcq
    The link between lexical semantic features and children’s comprehension of English verbal be-passives
    Emma Nguyen, and Lisa Pearl
    Language Acquisition, 2021