Faculty

 

Holly L. Storkel

Associate Professor and Chair

Phone: (785) 864-0497 (office)
Phone: (785) 864-4428 (lab)
Fax: (785) 864-3974
hstorkel@ku.edu

B.A., 1993, Indiana University
M.S., 1995, University of Washington
Ph.D., 1998, University of Washington
NIH Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2001, Indiana University

Director, Word and Sound Learning Lab

Research

The long-term goal of Professor Storkel's research program is to determine how preschool children learn and organize the words of the language with the ultimate intent of applying this knowledge to clinical populations. Children acquiring a language are faced with at least two tasks related to words: learning new words and organizing these in memory to uniquely distinguish each word from every other. During this process, children are also learning the sound system of the language, and it is likely that advances in word and sound learning influence one another. The specific aims of the research program are:

  1. to identify the processes underlying learning of new words and to describe the structure of word representations in preschool children;
  2. to document the influence of sound development on word learning and representations in preschool children;
  3. to examine these same processes in children with delayed vocabulary and/or sound development to provide evidence concerning the nature of these apparent delays.

The findings to emerge have the potential to extend current theories of word learning and to inform theories concerning the relationship between language perception and production.

Selected Publications

Storkel, H. L. & Hoover, J. R. (2011). The influence of part-word phonotactic probability/neighborhood density on word learning by preschool children varying in expressive vocabulary. Journal of Child Language, 38, 628-643. PMC2953578; doi:10.1017/S0305000910000176

Storkel, H. L. & Lee, S. Y. (2011). The independent effects of phonotactic probability and neighborhood density on lexical acquisition by preschool children. Language and Cognitive Processes, 26, 191-211. NIHMSID 218956; doi: 10.1080/01690961003787609

Hoover, J. R., Storkel, H. L., & Hogan, T. P. (2010). A cross-sectional comparison of the effects of phonotactic probability and neighborhood density on word learning by preschool children. Journal of Memory and Language, 63, 100-116. PMC2885809; doi:10.1016/j.jml.2010.02.003

Storkel, H. L. & Hoover, J. R. (2010). Word learning by children with phonological delays: Differentiating effects of phonotactic probability and neighborhood density. Journal of Communication Disorders, 43, 105-119. PMC2834829; doi:10.1016/j.jcomdis.2009.11.001

Storkel, H. L., Maekawa, J., & Hoover, J. R. (2010). Differentiating the effects of phonotactic probability and neighborhood density on vocabulary comprehension and production: A comparison of preschool children with versus without phonological delays. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 53, 933-949. PMC2917507; doi: 10.1044/1092-4388(2009/09-0075)

Storkel, H. L. & Adlof, S. M. (2009). The effect of semantic set size on word learning by preschool children. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 52, 306-320. PMC2664852; doi: 10.1044/1092-4388(2009/07-0175)

Storkel, H. L. (2009). Developmental differences in the effects of phonological, lexical, and semantic variables on word learning by infants. Journal of Child Language, 36, 291-321. PMC2632730; doi: 10.1017/S030500090800891X

Storkel, H. L., Armbruster, J., & Hogan, T. P. (2006). Differentiating phonotactic probability and neighborhood density in adult word learning. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 49, 1175-1192. PMC2850108; doi: 10.1044/1092-4388(2006/085) Awards: As of January, 2011, #20 of the 50 most frequently cited papers for this journal

Storkel, H. L. (2004). The emerging lexicon of children with phonological delays: Phonotactic constraints and probability in acquisition. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 47, 1194-1212. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2004/088)

Storkel, H. L. (2002). Restructuring similarity neighborhoods in the developing mental lexicon. Journal of Child Language, 29, 251-274. doi: 10.1017}S0305000902005032

Storkel, H. L. & Morrisette, M. L. (2002). The lexicon and phonology: Interactions in language acquisition. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in the Schools 33, 22-35. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2002/003) Awards: Editor’s Award for Best Paper; As of January, 2011, #21 of the 50 most frequently cited papers for this journal

Storkel, H. L. (2001). Learning new words: Phonotactic probability in language development. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 44, 1321-1337. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2001/103) Awards: As of January 2011, over 100 citations.

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