Professor Evan Kidd

BBSc(Hons) PhD (La Trobe)
Associate Professor
College of Health & Medicine

Areas of expertise

  • Psychology 1701
  • Linguistics 2004
  • Linguistic Processes (Incl. Speech Production And Comprehension) 170204

Research interests

Psycholinguistics (Language Acquisition & Language Processing); Developmental Psychology; Social Cognition.


I was awarded my BBSc(Hons) in 1999 and my PhD (Psycholinguistics) in 2004, both from La Trobe University. I worked at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology as a postdoctoral research associate between 2003 – 2005, and as a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in Psychology at The University of Manchester (UK) between 2005 - 2012. From 2008 - 2011 I was also a Charles La Trobe Research Fellow at La Trobe University.

My research is in psycholinguistics and developmental psychology. My current research interests include sentence processing in children and adults, the acquisition of complex sentences, the acquisition of verb argument structure and verbal morphology, how children deal with lexical and syntactic ambiguity in acquisition, and the role of symbolic play in language and socio-cognitive development. I conduct research on a number of languages, including English, German, Italian, Finnish, Cantonese, and Persian.

Researcher's projects

Current Grants

2014 - 2021: ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language ($AUD28 million). 

Past grants

2012: Our Aussie Lingo: How and Why we use Australian Diminutives (Funding Body: Australian Geographic: $AUD1771). Nenagh Kemp (UTas) & Evan Kidd (ANU).

2012 – 2013: Language socialisation and the transmission of Qaqet Baining (Papua New Guinea): Towards a documentation project. (Funding body: Endangered Languages Documentation Project (UK): £8406). Birgit Helliwig (La Trobe) & Evan Kidd (ANU).

2010 – 2012: Language processing in children with high functioning autism: Evidence from eye tracking. (Funding body: ARC, $AUD150K). Edith Bavin (La Trobe), Cheryl Dissanayake (La Trobe), Evan Kidd (ANU), Margot Prior (UMelb).

2008 – 2011: Charles La Trobe Research Fellowship, La Trobe University ($AUD 250K).

2007 – 2009: Investigating the memory systems that support the acquisition of morphology: evidence from Finnish (Funding body: ESRC: £93K). (CI: Evan Kidd).

2007 – 2008: Investigating the memory systems responsible for syntactic priming during language acquisition. (Funding body: The Nuffield Foundation: £6, 440). (CI: Evan Kidd).

2006 – 2007: The influence of readers’ goals on the online construction and updating of situation models. (CIs: Andrew Stewart, Evan Kidd, ESRC, £39K). 

2006 – 2007: What exactly do preferential looking studies measure? Eye-tracking as a more sensitive measure of young children’s knowledge of argument structure. (Funding body: The Royal Society, £15K). (CI: Evan Kidd).

2006: An investigation of the memory mechanisms underlying the acquisition of past tense morphology (Funding body: The British Academy, £6, 777). (CI: Evan Kidd, co-applicant: Jarrad Lum).

2006: Leonardo da Vinci travel grant to support fieldwork in Romania (£1485.62).


Projects and Grants

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