An academic minute about Masha Fedzechkina’s work on the existence of a bias for efficient information transfer during language acquisition just came out — you can listen to it here.
The work described in the minute appeared as:
Fedzechkina, M., Jaeger, T.F. & Newport, E. (2012). Language learners restructure their input to facilitate efficient communication. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109 (44): 17897—17902.
[paper (DOI)] [BibTeX]
Unfortunately, they did not mention the team members (contrary to what I was assured). The lead author, Masha Fedzechkina, is a fourth year graduate student in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester. The work was jointly advised by Elissa Newport (the director of the new Center for Brain Plasticity and Recovery at Georgetown University) and me.