Elaine S. Andersen

  • Professor Emerita of Linguistics and Neuroscience
  • USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences

Expertise Summary

Expert in children’s language acquisition, parent/child linguistic interaction and the linguistic impairment in normal and atypical aging


  • sociolinguistic skills of children
  • childhood language acquisition
  • parent/ child linguistic interaction
  • developmental psycholinguistics
  • linguistic and cognitive development in normal and atypical (e.g., blind) children
  • linguistic and cognitive impairments in normal and atypical (e.g., Alzheimer's disease) aging
  • neurolinguistics
  • relationship between language and nonlinguistic cognition

Additional Information

  • Author of Speaking with Style: The Sociolinguistic Skills of Children (1990)
  • Co-editor of Developing Communicative Competence in Second Language (1990)
  • Senior Research Associate, Gerontology Research Institute, USC Andrus Gerontology Center