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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre


My research focuses on how children learn to make inferences about what people mean when they communicate, and the role that social cognition plays in that- their pragmatic development. In my PhD I concentrated on the acquisition of implicatures in young children. I am also interested in how this research can be applied to inference teaching in the classroom. I am involved with the Cambridge Bilingualism Network and have focussed on the interaction between multilingualism and wellbeing. 

Publications (from Symplectic)

Journal articles


  • Wilson, E., Lawrence, R. and Katsos, N., 2023. The Role of Perspective-Taking in Children’s Quantity Implicatures Language Learning and Development, v. 19
    Doi: 10.1080/15475441.2022.2050236
  • 2022

  • Wilson, E. and Katsos, N., 2022. Pragmatic, linguistic and cognitive factors in young children's development of quantity, relevance and word learning inferences Journal of Child Language, v. 49
  • 2020 (Accepted for publication)

  • Müller, LM., Howard, K., Wilson, E., Gibson, J. and Katsos, N., 2020 (Accepted for publication). Bilingualism in the family and child well-being: A scoping review International Journal of Bilingualism,
  • Book chapters


  • Wilson, E. and Katsos, N., 2020. Acquiring implicatures
  • ESRC postdoctoral fellow
    Departments and institutes: 
    Dr Elspeth  Wilson

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