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Ann Bunger



Department of Psychology
Integrated Sciences Center, Room 1137
College of William & Mary
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795

Linguistics Program
Tucker Hall
College of William & Mary
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795

Email:  acbunger at
Office:  Tyler 120
Office Hours:  TWR 9:30-11:30
Phone:  757-221-2438




How do children learn to make sense of the world around them, and how do they learn to describe it? In my research, I use experimental methodologies like eyetracking and preferential looking to investigate the mapping between conceptual and linguistic representations of events. I am especially interested in understanding how event construal and description differ across languages and with linguistic and conceptual development. Specific areas of interest include how children represent and label multi-part events like causatives and motion events, what crosslinguistic patterns of linguistic encoding can tell us about event construal, and how early conceptual knowledge might provide a foundation for universal linguistic categories.

My research interests include
   • Language acquisition and processing
   • Word learning
   • Event representation
   • Interface of language and cognition


Spring 2014
Study of Language (Anth 204/Engl 220/Ling 220)
Psycholinguistics (Engl 464/Ling 464/Psych 470)
Cognitive and Linguistic Development (Engl 464/Ling 464/Psych 470)

Fall 2013
Study of Language (Anth 204/Engl 220/Ling 220)
Language Acquisition (Engl 464/Ling 464/Psych 470)
Language & Thought (Engl 464/Ling 464/Psych 470)