1 CURRICULUM VITAE Prof. Dr. Nivedita Mani CONTACT INFORMATION Address: Junior Research Group Language Acquisition, Gosslerstraße, 14, Göttingen Phone: EDUCATION D.Phil. M.Phil. M.A. B.A. (First) The Role of Prosody in Parsing Ambiguous Sentences General Linguistics, Phonetics, and Philology Distinction in Psycholinguistics, Phonetics and Phonology Literary Linguistics (Distinction) University of Birmingham Distinction in Psycholinguistics English (Honours) University of Delhi (Best Student in University prize) EMPLOYMENT Junior Professor and Junior Research Group Leader, Georg-Elias-Müller-Institut für Psychologie Georg-August-Universität Göttingen British Academy Post-doctoral Research Fellow Psychology and Life Sciences, University College London Post-doctoral Research Fellow & Career Development Fellow Experimental Psychology, and St Hugh s College Post-doctoral Research Fellow Centre for Børnesprog, University of Southern Denmark RESEARCH SUPPORT AND HONOURS DAAD-Bilateral Cooperation grant Phonological priming in infancy, 7600, Co-PI [with Julien Mayor & Nicole Altvater-Mackensen] British Academy grant Investigating phonological priming in infancy, , Principal Investigator British Academy grant Using Electrophysiological Techniques to investigate the phonological specificity of infants lexical representations, 7500, Co-PI [with Kim Plunkett & Debbie Mills] British Academy grant The acquisition of native language phonological alternations: Compensating for assimilation, 7435, Co-PI [with Sharon Peperkamp & Katrin Skoruppa] International Conference on Infant Studies: Post-doctoral Researcher Award, 2008 Clarendon Scholarship,, Radhakrishnan Scholarship,, Great-Eastern Scholarship,, India Scholarship, University of Birmingham, N.V. Thadani Prize: Best Student in Delhi University (English (Hons.) course,
2 PEER-REVIEWED PAPERS Mani, N., Durrant, S. & Floccia, C. (in press) Activation of phonological and semantic codes in toddlers. Journal of Memory and Language. Skoruppa, K., Mani, N., & Peperkamp, S. (in press). Toddlers processing of phonological rules: Early compensation for assimilation in English and French.Child Development. Altvater-Mackensen, N. & Mani, N. (in press). Bilinguals activate words from both languages when listening to spoken sentences: Evidence from an ERP-study. Proceedings of the Thirtythird Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA. Mani, N., Mills, D. & Plunkett, K. (in press). Vowels in early words: An event-related potential study. Developmental Science, DOI: /j x Mani, N. & Plunkett. K. (2011). Phonological priming and cohort Effects in toddlers. Cognition, 121, pp Braun, B., Lemhöfer, K. & Mani, N. (2011). Perceiving word stress in foreign-accented English. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 129, pp Mani, N. & Plunkett, K. (2010). In the infant s mind s ear: Evidence for implicit naming in 18- month-olds. Psychological Science, 21, pp Mani, N. & Plunkett, K. (2010). Does size matter: Graded sensitivity to vowel mispronunciations of familiar words. Journal of Child Language, 38, pp Mani, N. & Plunkett, K. (2010). 12-month-olds know their cups from their keps and tups. Infancy, 15, pp Mani, N. (2009). When Cup Primes Dog: Phono-semantic priming in the toddler lexicon. Proceedings of the 34th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Cascadilla Press, Boston, pp Mani, N. & Plunkett, K. (2008). 14-month-olds pay attention to vowels in novel words. Developmental Science, 11, pp Mani, N., Coleman, J. & Plunkett, K. (2008). Phonological specificity of vocalic features at 18- months. Language and Speech, 51, pp Mani, N. & Plunkett. K. (2008). Graded sensitivity to mispronunciations of vocalic features in early words. Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Cascadilla Press, Boston, pp Mani, N. & Plunkett, K. (2008). Phonological priming in infancy. Proceedings of the 30th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Washington, USA. Mani, N. & Plunkett, K. (2007). Phonological specificity of consonants and vowels in early lexical representations. Journal of Memory and Language, 57, pp Mani, N. (2004). The role of prosody in parsing ambiguous sentences. Speech Prosody, pp PAPERS UNDER REVIEW Altvater-Mackensen, N. & Mani, N. Is lexical activation language-selective in spoken sentence context? Von Holzen, K. & Mani, N. Language non-selective lexical access in bilingual toddlers. Mani, N., Johnson, E., McQueen, J.M., & Hüttig, F. How yellow is your banana? Toddlers language-mediated visual search in referent-present tasks. Mani, N. & Pätzold, W. German 16-month-olds segment words from adult-directed speech. Mani, N. & Schneider, S. What you hear depends on who's speaking: Visual speaker identity influences phoneme discrimination. Mani, N. & Hüttig, F. Prediction is a piece of cake but only for skilled producers.
3 BOOK CHAPTERS Mani, N. Phonological acquisition. In Kula, Botma & Nasukawa (eds.) The Continuum Companion to Phonology, Continuum, London UK, pp OTHER PUBLICATIONS Mani, N. (2009). The role of prosodic prominence in disambiguating word pairs. Oxford Working Papers in Linguistics, Phonetics and Philology, 12, pp Mani, N. (2006). The role of prosody in parsing ambiguous sentences. Doctoral Dissertation. INVITED TALKS AND SYMPOSIA This does not include presentations at conferences. Von Holzen, K. & Mani, N. Mechanisms underlying lexical access in monolingual and bilingual toddlers. Invited symposium at International Conference on Infant Studies, Minneapolis, USA. (Forthcoming 2012) Mani, N. Toddling towards language: The first steps towards acquiring a language. Studentische Tagung Sprachwissenschaft, Göttingen, Germany Mani, N. The infant eye-gaze: Methods and measures used in assessing early language development. Keynote address at Child Language and Eye-tracking: Analysis and Rationale. Potsdam, Germany Mani, N. Cups, cats, animals and tears: Word-word relationships in monolingual and bilingual lexical processing. University of Hildesheim, Germany Mani, N. Cups, cats, hats and dogs: Phono-semantic links in the toddler lexicon, University of Lincoln, UK Mani, N. Is a cup a kep or a tup? Phonological specificity of lexical representations. University of Geneva, Switzerland Mani, N. Is a cup a kep or a tup? Phonological specificity of lexical representations. University of Birkbeck, UK Mani, N. Cups, cats, hats and dogs: Phono-semantic links in the toddler lexicon, Max-Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen Mani, N. Phonological priming in infancy, Max-Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany Mani, N. Phonological priming in infancy. La Laboratoire de sciences cognitives et psycholinguistique, Paris, France Mani, N. Phonological priming in infancy. University of Lancaster, UK Mani, N. & Plunkett, K. Explorations of phonological specificity: Vowels and consonants. Invited symposium at BPS Developmental Section, Plymouth, UK. DOCTORAL DISSERTATION COMMITTEES Caroline Junge (Supervised by Anne Cutler & Peter Hagoort). The relevance of early word recognition: Insights from the infant brain. Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands Daniel Krüger (Supervised by Uwe Mattler & Uta Lass). A taxonomy of inverse priming based on stimulus characteristics, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany Susan Klapotke (Supervised by Uwe Mattler & Uta Lass). Effekte maskierter visueller Stimuli auf die Ausführung von konkurrierenden motorischen Reaktionen und kogntiven Aufgaben, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany Nicole Altvater-Mackensen (Supervised by Paula Fikkert). The relevance of early word recognition: Insights from the infant brain. Radbout University, The Netherlands
4 TEACHING Georg-August-Universtität Göttingen The Psychological Reality of Language Masters course for Psychology students Reading group seminar format Language Acquisition and Language Processing Bachelors course for Linguistics and Psychology students Lecture format Experimental Methods Seminar Bachelors course for Linguistics and Psychology students Seminar format Language and Cognition Bachelors course for Psychology students Tutorials and Lecture format Psycholinguistics Bachelors course for Linguistics students Lecture format Language Acquisition Bachelors course for Psychology students Tutorials and Lecture format Introduction to Psychology Bachelors course for First-year Psychology students Tutorial format STUDENT SUPERVISION Georg-August-Universtität Göttingen Katie Von Holzen (PhD student, 2010 ) Examining phono-lexical processing in bilingual children Tatiana Vert (PhD student, 2011 ) Examining didactic methods to improve reading skills in L1-L2 adults and children Nadia Brenn (Diploma student, 2011 ) Examining the understanding of scalar implicatures in children Deborah Wolff (Masters student, 2011 ) Examining the influence of speech segmentation skills on later language development Signe Schneider (Bachelor student, 2011) Examining the influence of visual speaker identity on adult auditory discrimination Wiebke Pätzold (Bachelor student, 2011) Examining infant segmentation of adult directed speech Amit Katwala (Bachelor student, 2008) Pitch, timbre and instrument processing by musicians and non-musicians
5 RESEARCH SERVICE Grant reviewer for: The Economic and Social Research Council (ERSC), Agence Nationale Recherche (ANR), National Science Foundation (NSF), Medical Research Council (MRC). Ad-hoc reviewer for: Journal of Memory and Language, Journal of Child Language, Infancy, Developmental Science, Language and Speech, Language Learning and Development, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, Language and Cognitive Processes, Psychological Research, British Journal of Developmental Psychology, among others. OTHER ACTIVITIES Invited Guest researcher at the Language Comprehension Group, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, Visiting researcher at Emory University, Atlanta, Public Engagement in Science: Organiser of open day for children and parents at the University of Göttingen to find out more about infant speech processing. Newspaper articles on infant speech processing abilities, Frag den Wissenschaftler (Ask the researcher), Göttingen Extra TIP, Wie Lernen Kinder sprache? (How do children learn language?), Göttinger Tageblatt. Radio interviews on infant language acquisition for numerous radio channels in Germany. Interviews for internet website and magazines, e.g., Baby und Familie, Goe4kids. Academic Community Service: Athena Advisory Board (UCL Charter for the Advancement of Women in Science) Co-Founder of UCL Psychology Early Career Researcher s Forum PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT The Art of Leadership course on team management (2011). The Art of Leadership six one-on-one counselling sessions ( ). Higher Education Teaching course on teaching skills (2010). Mentoring University mentor for female postdoctoral researchers ( ). LANGUAGES Tamil (native), Hindi (native), English (near-native), German (fluent).