Linguistics at Newcastle

Staff Profile

Dr Cristina Dye

Lecturer in Language Development/Psycholinguistics



Ph.D. in Child Language Development. Cornell University. 2000 - 2005.
Post-Doctoral study in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. Georgetown University School of Medicine. 2006 - 2010.

Research supervision

I welcome enquiries from PG students interested in a range of topics in child language, including syntactic, phonological and morphological development, processing, neurocognition, or neuro-developmental disorders   

Professional membership

International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL)

Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)

Section Z {Linguistics and the Language Sciences} of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Cognitive Neuroscience Society


Member of the College of Peer Reviewers for the Humanities and Arts and Sciences Faculty
Chair, steering committee - Neurocognition of Developmental Disorders Affecting Language (NDDAL)  

Esteem indicators

British Academy grant
Independent expert for the European Research Council

Public engagement

British Science Festival (Programme p.14 for details)

In the media 

Huffington Post, Science Daily, Daily Mail, The TelegraphNBC News, Discovery Channel



Research interests

My primary research interests are in the area of child language acquisition and development. My work is inter-disciplinary, merging insights from linguistic theory, language acquisition, developmental psychology, and developmental cognitive neuroscience.  I aim to obtain a deeper understanding of how language, and particularly its grammatical, combinatorial aspects, emerge and grow in typically-developing mono- and bi-lingual children. I am also interested in the neuro-cognitive underpinnings of this process and have studied/am studying children with certain neurodevelopmental disorders including Specific Language impairment (SLI), Developmental Dyslexia, Tourette Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  


International collaborators:

Prof. Michael T. Ullman (Georgetown University, US); Prof. Barbara C. Lust (Cornell University, US); Prof. Suzanne Flynn (MIT, US)  Dr. Dezso Nemeth (Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary); Dr Matthew Walenski (Northwestern University US) Dr. Maria Blume (Catholic University of Peru); Dr Sujin Yang (The Catholic University of Korea); Dr. Claire Foley (Boston College, US); Dr Yarden Kedar (Ben Gurion University, Israel)       


Dye Child French Corpus (Dye 2005)

Cross-sectional spontaneous speech samples from 50 monolingual French-speaking normally-developing children, from Paris and Nancy, with ages ranging from one year eleven months to three years two months. Registered with the Open Language Archives (OLAC) and hosted by the Virtual Center for Language Acquisition (VCLA)

For more information about the corpus, see the article below:

Dye CD. Reduced auxiliaries in early child language: Converging observational and experimental evidence from French. Journal of Linguistics 2011, 47(2), 301-339.

Those interested in using this corpus should send an email to





SEL2086 Introduction to Language Acquisition

SEL3352 Language Development: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach 

Additionally, I contribute to PSY3027 Disorders of Development



SEL8040  Neurocognition of Language Development

SEL8500  Research Methods