Heather Goad's research is broadly concerned with examining the role that representations play in defining the notion ‘possible grammar’.

In first language acquisition, her research focuses on the acquisition of constituency and how this can account for (sometimes unexpected!) patterns in the development of clusters, word-final consonants, stress and segmental acquisition.

In second language acquisition, her work focuses on providing prosodic explanations for patterns observed in the acquisition of functional morphology (determiners, tense and agreement morphology), an area in which syntactic explanations are typically provided. Her research with Lydia White on the Prosodic Transfer Hypothesis was featured in International Innovation (April 2016), which aims to disseminate research results to funding councils, governments and industry.

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