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Leticia Kolberg




Paris Cité University

Leticia Kolberg is currently a postdoctoral fellow at LaPsyDÉ at the University of Paris, under the supervision of Alex de Carvalho. Her postdoc project is about the role of phrasal prosody (the variations in rhythm and intonation produced when pronouncing a sentence) in children's reading comprehension. Leticia obtained her PhD in Linguistics from the State University of Campinas in Brazil where she studied the role of prosodic boundaries in sentence comprehension in young children. During her PhD thesis, she carried out part of her research at the Cognitive Sciences and Psycholinguistics Laboratory (LSCP) at École Normale Supérieure, Paris, under the supervision of Anne Christophe. Leticia graduated in Letters at the Federal University of Paraná, and got her Masters in Linguistics from the State University of Campinas, both in Brazil. Her research studies the acquisition, development and comprehension of language in children aged 2 to 10 years. More specifically, she studies how children come to identify the syntactic structure and the meaning of words in the sentences they are exposed to. She is also interested in the effects of reading aloud compared to silent reading in the comprehension of sentences and texts by children and adults.


Kolberg, L. S., Charpentier, E., & de Carvalho, A. (in  press). Coverbal Speech Gestures Do Not Impact Preschoolers' Ability to  Use Prosodic Information to Constrain Parsing. Proceedings of the 48th Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

de Carvalho*, A. M., Kolberg*, L. S., Trueswell, J. C., & Christophe, A. (2022). Cross-linguistic evidence for the role of phrasal prosody in syntactic and lexical acquisition. In Speech Prosody 2022.


Kolberg, L. S., de Carvalho, A., Babineau, M., Havron, N., Fiévet, A.-C., Abaurre, B., & Christophe, A. (2021). “The tiger is hitting! the duck too!” 3-year-olds can use prosodic information to constrain their interpretation of ellipsis. Cognition, 213, 104626.

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