Anna Verbuk



E-mail: anna.verbuk 'at'


Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Linguistics Department.

Dissertation: "Acquisition of Scalar Implicatures."




  • 2012-2013: Lecturer in the Department of Psychology and Human Development at Wheelock College.

  • 2009-2010: Postdoctoral Research Specialist in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • 2007-2008: Postdoctoral Fellow at The Center for Research on Language, Mind and Brain at McGill University.

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Refereed Publications:

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  • Graduate Courses:
    • Bilingual Language Acquisition

  • Undergraduate Courses:
    • Language Development

    • Children, Language and Communication Ability

    • Introduction to Linguistic Theory

    • Introduction to Language Acquisition

    • People and their Language

    • People and their Language(on-line)


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Selected Conference Presentations:

  • Acquisition of Relevance Implicatures and Modularity. 2008. Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD 33). Boston University, Boston.

  • The Role of the Lexical Component in the Acquisition of Scalar Implicatures. 2008. Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition - North America 3 (GALANA 3). University of Connecticut, Storrs.

  • Anna Verbuk & Thomas Shultz. Acquisition of Relevance Implicatures: Toward Isolating the Linguistic Component of Reasoning. 2008. Chicago Linguistic Society (CLS 44). Chicago University, Chicago.

  • The Role of the Lexical Component in the Acquisition of Scalar Implicatures. 2007. Experimental Pragmatics. Cancelled. Berlin, Germany.

  • Why Children do not Compute Irrelevant Scalar Implicatures. 2007. Linguistic Society of America (LSA). Anaheim, California.

  • Acquisition of Scalar Implicatures: When Some of the Crayons will Do the Job. 2006. Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD 31). Boston University, Boston.

  • The Acquisition of the Russian Or. 2006. Western Conference on Linguistics (WECOL 06). California State University, Fresno.

  • Acquisition of Principle B: Evidence from Evans-Style Contexts. 2006. Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition - North America 2 (GALANA 2). McGill University. Montréal.

  • Russian Predicate Clefts as a Case of S-Topic Constructions. 2005. Formal Description of Slavic Languages (FDSL-6). University of Potsdam, Potsdam.

  • Russian Predicate Clefts as S-Topic Constructions. 2005. Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics. (FASL 14). Princeton University, Princeton.

  • Russian Predicate Clefts: Tensions Between Semantics and Pragmatics. 2005. Sinn und Bedeutung, (SuB 10). Humboldt University, Berlin.

  • Acquisition of Supplementary Expressions. 2005. Experimental Pragmatics: Exploring the Cognitive Basis of Conversation. University of Cambridge, Cambridge.


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Invited Talks:

  • How Children's Mastery of Conversational Implicatures is Achieved and Measured. 2012. University of Neuchâtel, Institute of English Studies. Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

  • Acquisition of Scalar Implicatures: Issues at the Semantics / Pragmatics Interface. 2011. University of Newcastle, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics. Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

  • Acquisition of Relevance Implicatures and Modularity. 2009. Linguistics Colloquium. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Linguistics Department. Champaign, IL.

  • Why Mastering Relevance Implicatures is Harder than Mastering Non-verbal Inferences. 2008. Language and Linguistics Speaker Series. Brandeis University, Language and Linguistics Department. Waltham, MA.

  • Relevance Implicatures, Non-verbal Inferences and Modularity. 2008. Harvard University, Linguistics Department. Cambridge, MA.

  • Acquisition of Relevance Implicatures. 2007. McGill University, Linguistics Department. Montréal, Canada.

  • with Tom Roeper. Implicatures and Discourse in Pronoun Resolution. 2006. Conference on Intersentential Pronominal Reference in Child and Adult Language. Centre for General Linguistics, Typology and Universals Research (ZAS). Berlin, Germany.

  • Russian Predicate Clefts as S-Topics. 2005. Formal Semantics in Moscow (FSIM). Moscow State University. Moscow, Russia.


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  • 2009 – 2010: Project FOCAL grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). A joint grant between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Department of Speech and Hearing Science and the UIUC Department of Special Education.

  • 2007 – 2008: Post-doctoral Fellowship from The Center for Research on Language, Mind and Brain. McGill University.

  • 2003 – 2004: Psycholinguistics Training Grant; a joint grant between UMass Department of Linguistics and UMass Department of Psychology.

  • 2002 – 2003: First Year Fellowship. University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


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Professional Service:

  • 2009 – 2010: “Focusing on Causality and Assessment to Train Leaders in Children's Communication Disabilities for the 21st Century: Preparation of Leadership Personnel” (FOCAL) grant administration assistance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
    Participated in writing grants and grant planning meetings; organized talks for the FOCAL grant; recruited and monitored doctoral students; created contacts with schools and early childhood programs.

  • 2004 – 2007: Liaison between UMass, Amherst Linguistics Department Child Language Acquisition Lab and local child care centers and elementary schools.
    Facilitated interaction between UMass, Amherst graduate students and child care centers.

  • 2005: Member, organizing committee, UMass, Amherst, UConn, Smith Language Acquisition Workshop (UUSLAW).

  • 2000 – 2001: Assistant Editor of Natural Language and Linguistic Theory. City University of New York, Graduate Center.
    Maintained and updated the NLLT database; conducted correspondence with authors and reviewers; informed editors of the reviewers' judgments.


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  • Child Development
  • Journal of Pragmatics
  • Folia Linguistica


Editorial Board Member:

  • Psycholinguistics and Sociolinguistics: an Interdisciplinary Journal


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