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Lisa Goffman

Research Interests / Training Areas:

  • Language and Motor Development and Disorders
  • ┬áSpeech Production
  • Developmental Language and Speech Sound Disorders


The major objective of my research program is to provide an empirical foundation for understanding developmental speech and language disorders, one that incorporates findings about shared language and motor substrates. To this end, in my laboratory we use a combination of approaches from psychology, linguistics and motor control. We record physiological signals (e.g., movement, muscle activity) while children produce words or sentences or engage in manual motor activity, such as the production of gestures and sequences. These physiological measures are integrated with behavioral analyses. The goal is to develop a theoretical account of developmental language disorders that integrates motor and cognitive components and to apply findings to intervention practices.

Recent Publications:

Brumbach, A., & Goffman, L. (in press). Interaction of language processing and motor skill in children with specific language impairment. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.

Gladfelter & Goffman (2013). The influence of prosodic stress patterns and semantic depth on novel word learning in typically developing children. Language, Learning, and Development, 9, 151-174.

Goffman, L., & Westover, S. (2012). Interactivity in prosodic representations in children. Journal of Child Language, 40, 1032-1956.

Zelaznik, H. N., & Goffman, L. (2010). Motor abilities and timing behavior in children with specific language impairment. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research

Heisler, L., Goffman, L., & Younger, B. (2010). Semantic and articulatory interactions in children's language production, Developmental Science.

Richtsmeier, P., Gerken, L., Goffman, L., & Hogan, T. (2009). Statistical frequency in perception affects children's lexical production. Cognition, 111, 372-377.