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David LeBlanc

I am interested in the modelling of cognitive processes, specifically language and how it is acquired by the child. I am particularly interested in what is called learnability theory - what learning mechanisms are we born with that allow us to learn language and how do they work.

Degrees: 
  • B.Sc. (CS) University of New Brunswick, 1986
  • M.Sc.(CS) University of British Columbia, 1990
  • Ph.D., Tilburg University (the Netherlands), 2002
Position: 
Assistant Professor
Department: 
Computer Science & Information Technology
Faculty: 
Science
Phone: 
(902) 566-0429
Research Interests: 
  • Mobile device interfaces
  • Project management process models
  • Cross-cultural interface design
  • Human factors usability testing
  • Learnability theory - what learning mechanisms are we born with that allow us to learn language and how do they work
  • Modelling of cognitive processes, specifically language and how it is acquired by the child
Citations: 
  1. David LeBlanc “Parametric Mapping within the Minimalist” in Program Proceedings of the Atlantic Proviences Linguistic Association 26, (to appear). 
     
  2. David LeBlanc “ ‘Parameter Setting’ and the Minimalist Program” The Process of Language Acquisition, Lasser, I. (ed.), Peter Lang/Verlag, Berlin, 2002.
     
  3. David Leblanc  “The Development of Root Inifinitives and Null Subjects in Child Language:  A Minimalist Approach Progress in Grammar” Articles at the 20th Anniversary of the Comparison of Grammatical Models Group in Tilburg, M., van Oostendorp & E. Anagnostopoulou (eds.), electronic publication:
    http://www.meertens.nl/books/progressingrammar/, 2001.
     
  4. David LeBlan “The Development of Root Inifinitives and Null Subjects in Child Language” in Proceedings of GALA 97, 1998.
     
  5. David LeBlanc "An Activation Model of Parameter Setting" in Amsterdam Series in Child Language Development 4: Approaches to Parameter Setting, Verrips, M. and F. Wijnen (eds.), 1995.