Arielle Borovsky

Research Interests / Training Areas:

  • Developmental psycholinguistics
  • Word learning
  • Language processing


I joined Purdue University in Fall of 2017, and had previously held postdoctoral and faculty positions at the University of California, San Diego, Stanford University and Florida State University.  

My research broadly focuses the skills and knowledge that support word learning and everyday language comprehension in adults and children.   I employ a variety of methodological approaches, including eyetracking, ERPs, and computational methods to answer these questions. 

Recent research questions include:

  • How does knowledge and experience affect the way we understand and learn language?
  • Does semantic structure in vocabulary support language processing and word learning?   
  • How do typically and atypically developing children process language? 
  • What are early markers of risk for later language and reading delays?
  • How do we use sentence contexts to learn words?
  • How do our brains rapidly learn word meanings?

Recent Publications:

  • Borovsky, A. (2017).  The amount and structure of prior event experience affects anticipatory sentence interpretation. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 32(2), 190-204PDF
  • Troyer, M., Borovsky, A. (2017).  Maternal socioeconomic status influences the range of expectations during language comprehension in adulthood. Cognitive Science, 41(6), 1405-1433. PDF
  • Borovsky, A., Ellis, E.M., Evans, J.L., Elman, J.L.(2016).  Semantic density interacts with lexical and sentence processing in infancy. Child Development, 87(6), 1893-1908.  PDF
  • Borovsky, A., Ellis, E.M., Evans, J.L., Elman, J.L.(2016).  Lexical leverage: Category knowledge boosts real-time novel word recognition in two-year-olds. Developmental Science, 19(6), 918-932PDF
  • Ellis, E.M., Borovsky, A., Elman, J.L., Evans, J.L. (2015). Novel Word Learning: An Eye-Tracking Study Are 18-Month-Old Late Talkers Really Different from their Typical Peers? Journal of Communication Disorders, 58, 143-157.  PDF
  • Lieberman, A.M., Borovsky, A., Hatrak, M., Mayberry, R.I. (2015). Real-time processing of ASL signs: Delayed first language acquisition affects organization of the mental lexicon. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition. 41(4), 1130-1139  PDF
  • Borovsky, A., Sweeney, K., Elman, J. L. ,&  Fernald, A. (2014).  Real-time interpretation of novel events across childhood. Journal of Memory and Language, 73, 1-14. PDF
  • Borovsky, A., & Creel, S. (2014). Children and adults integrate talker and verb information in online processing. Developmental Psychology, 50(5), 1600. PDF
  • Borovsky, A., Burns, E., Elman, J. L., & Evans, J. L.  (2013). Lexical activation during language comprehension in adolescents with history of specific language impairment. Journal of Communication Disorders, 46, 413-427.  PDF 
  • Borovsky, A.  Kutas, M. & Elman, J. L. (2013). Getting it right: Word learning across the hemispheres.  Neuropsychologia, 51(5), 825-37. PDF
  • Bion, R.H., Borovsky, A., Fernald, A.  (2013). Fast mapping, slow learning: Disambiguation of novel word-object mappings in relation to vocabulary learning at 18, 24, and 30 months.  Cognition, 126(1), 39-53.
  • Borovsky, A., Elman, J., Fernald, A. (2012).  Knowing a lot for one’s age: Vocabulary skill and not age is associated with the timecourse of incremental sentence interpretation in children and adults.  Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 112(4), 417-36.  PDF
  • Borovsky, A.  Elman, J & Kutas, M. (2012).  Once is enough: N400 indexes semantic integration of novel word meanings from a single exposure in context. Language Learning and Development, 8(3), 278-302.

Assistant Professor

Lyles-Porter Hall, Room 3154
Phone: 765-496-1669


Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences, Lyles-Porter Hall, 715 Clinic Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2122, PH: (765) 494-3789

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