Educational Background

  • BA, Simon Fraser University, 1996
  • PhD, University of Rochester, 2003

Research Interests

First and second language acquisition, developmental language production and processing, gesture and language learning and processing, non-linguistic constraints on language learning and language form, language contact and language change

Courses Recently Taught

  • Ling 222: Language Acquisition
  • Ling 452: Acquisition of Syntax

Courses Currently Teaching

Winter 2016

LING222 Language Acquisition Sections

Audition and speech perception, phonological organization, word learning, syntax, and pragmatics.

Winter 2016

LING452 Acquisition of Syntax Sections

Central issues in the first language acquisition of syntax, including early lexical and semantic development, acquisition of morphology, and syntactic development (e.g., word order, questions).

Hudson Kam, C. L. (2015). The impact of conditioning variables on the acquisition of variation in adult and child learners. Language, 91,  906-937.

Noguchi, M. & Hudson Kam, C.L. (2015). Categorical perception of post-alveolar sibilants by Taiwan and Beijing Mandarin speakers. Proceedings of Acoustics Week in Canada 2015 published as a special issue of Canadian Acoustics, 43 (3).

Finn, A.S., & Hudson Kam, C.L. (2015). Why segmentation matters: experience-driven segmentation errors impair “morpheme” learning. JEP:Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 41(5), 1560-1569.

Goodrich Smith, W., & Hudson Kam, C.L. (2015). Children’s use of gesture in ambiguous pronoun interpretation. Journal of Child Language, 42, 591-617. doi:10.1017/S0305000915000045

Finn, A. S., Lee, T., Kraus, A., & Hudson Kam, C. L. (2014). When it hurts (and helps) to try: the role of effort in language learning. PLoS ONE 9(7). e101806. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0101806

Finn, A.S., Hudson Kam, C.L., Ettlinger, M., Vytlacil, J., & D’Esposito, M. (2013). Learning language with the wrong neural scaffolding: the cost of neural commitment to sounds. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 7, article 85.

Wilson, S., & Hudson Kam, C.L. (2013). Acquisition of phrase structure in an artificial visual grammar. In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds.), Proceedings of the 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1611-1616). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Beyer, T., & Hudson Kam, C.L. (2012). The Interpretation of Standard American English morphology across varieties of English. First Language, 32, 365-384.

Ettlinger, M., Finn, A.S., & Hudson Kam, C.L. (2012). The effect of sonority on word segmentation: Evidence for the use of a phonological universal. Cognitive Science, 36, 655–673.

Goodrich Smith, W., & Hudson Kam, C.L. (2012). Pointing to ‘her’: The effect of co-speech gesture on pronoun resolution.Language and Cognition, 4, 75-98.