Elena Nicoladis, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Science - Psychology Science


Professor, Faculty of Science - Psychology Science
(780) 492-1758
P-261 Bio Science - Psychology Wing
11355 - Saskatchewan Drive
Edmonton AB
T6G 2E9



I am interested in how children acquire and develop language, both as monolinguals and bilinguals. Bilingual children hear less of each language than monolinguals do, allowing us to test for effects of input frequency on acquisition. I have often focused on children's acquisition of words and morphology (such as past tense marking). I am also interested in why people produce gestures with their hands while they are speaking: why expend all those calories? Finally, I am interested in how language shapes thought (and vice versa): for example, if someone speaks a language with grammatical gender, does that person start to think of things being male or female?


Gesturers tell a story creatively; non-gesturers tell it like it happened
Author(s): A. Laurent, L. Smithson, & E. Nicoladis
Publication Date: 3/29/2020
Publication: Language Learning and Development
Volume: 16
Page Numbers: 292-308
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/15475441.2020.1745074
When knowing only one word for "car" leads to weak application of mutual exclusivity
Author(s): E. Nicoladis & A. Laurent
Publication Date: 3/15/2020
Publication: Cognition
Volume: 196
Page Numbers: 104087
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2019.104087
How many fingers am I holding up? The answer depends on children’s language background
Author(s): E. Nicoladis, P. Marentette, S. Pika
Publication Date: 11/3/2019
Publication: Developmental Science
Volume: 22
Page Numbers: e12781

Gesture frequency is linked to storytelling style: Evidence from bilinguals
Author(s): E. Nicoladis, J. Nagpal, P. Marentette, & B. Hauer
Publication Date: 10/25/2018
Publication: Language and Cognition
Volume: 10
Page Numbers: 641-664

Language dominance and cognitive flexibility in French-English bilingual children
Author(s): E. Nicoladis, D. Hui, & S. Wiebe
Publication Date: 9/17/2018
Publication: Frontiers in Psychology
Volume: 9
Page Numbers: 1697