Erika Hoff

Erika Hoff
  • Professor
  • Department of Psychology
  • 954-236-1142
  • Davie - ES, 274


  • Ph.D. University of Michigan '81

Research Interests

  • Erika Hoff directs the Language Development Lab which comprises several projects aimed at identifying the human abilities and human experiences that contribute to language development. Our main focus is a NICHD-funded longitudinal study of English monolingual and Spanish-English bilingual children from the age of 2 ½ to 10 years. We are looking for evidence of factors in children's early language experiences and early language development that predict successful oral language and literacy outcomes

Recent Publications


Hoff, E. (In press) Language development in bilingual children. In E. Bavin & L. Naigles (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of child language, 2nd edition. Cambridge University Press.

Place, S.* & Hoff, E. (In press) Effects and noneffects of input in bilingual environments on dual language skills in 2 ½-year-olds. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.

Hoff, E. (2015) Language development. In M. H. Bornstein & M. E. Lamb (Eds.), Developmental science: An advanced textbook, 7th Edition (pp. 443-488). New York and London: Psychology Press.

Hoff, E. & Core, C. (2015) What clinicians need to know about bilingual development. Seminars in Speech and Language, 36, 89-99.

Hammer, C. S., Hoff, E., Uchikoshi, Y., & Gillanders, C., Castro, D. C., & Sandilos, L. E. (2014) The language and literacy development of young dual language learners: A critical review. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 29, 715-733. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2014.05.008

Hoff, E., Rumiche, R., Burridge, A., Ribot*, K. M., & Welsh*, S. N. (2014) Expressive vocabulary development in children from bilingual and monolingual homes: A longitudinal study from two to four years. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 29, 433-444. doi:10.1016/j.ecresq.2014.04.012

Ribot, K. M.* & Hoff, E. (2014) "¿Cómo estas?" "I'm good." Conversational code-switching is related to profiles of expressive and receptive proficiency in Spanish-English bilingual toddlers. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 38, 333-341. doi:10.1177/0165025414533225

Bridges, K.* & Hoff, E. (2014) Older sibling influences on the language environment and language development of toddlers in bilingual homes. Journal of Applied Psycholinguistics, 35, 225-241. doi:10.1017/S0142716412000379

McCabe, A., Tamis-LeMonda, C., Bornstein, M. H., Cates, C. B., Golinkoff, R., Hirsh-Pasek, K., Hoff, E., Kuchirko, Y., Melzi, G., Mendelsohn, A., Paez, M., Song, L. Wishard Guerra, A. (2013) Multilingual children: Beyond myths and towards best practices. SRCD Social Policy Report. vol 27, No. 4.

Hoff, E. & Core, C. (2013) Input and language development in bilingually developing children. Seminars in Speech and Language, 34, 215-226. DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1353448

Core, C., Hoff, E., Rumiche, R., & Señor, M. (2013) Total and conceptual vocabulary in Spanish-English bilinguals from 22 to 30 months: Implications for assessment. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 56, 1637-1649. DOI:10.1044/1092-4388(2013/11-0044

Hoff, E. (2013) Interpreting the early language trajectories of children from low SES and language minority homes: Implications for closing achievement gaps. Developmental Psychology, 49, 4-14. DOI: 10.1037/a0027238

Hoff, E., Core, C., Place, S.*, Rumiche, R., Señor, M., & Parra, M.* (2012) Dual language exposure and early bilingual development. Journal of Child Language, 39, 1-27. doi:10.1017/S0305000910000759

Hoff, E., Laursen, B., & Bridges, K.* (2012) Measurement and model building in the studying the influence of socioeconomic status on child development. In M. Lewis and L. Mayes (Eds.), A developmental environment measurement handbook (pp. 590-606). Cambridge University Press.

Hoff, E. & Rumiche, R. (2012) Studying children in bilingual environments. In E. Hoff (Ed.), Research methods in child language: A practical guide (pp. 300-316). Wiley-Blackwell, Publishers.

Place, S.* & Hoff, E. (2011) Properties of dual language exposure that influence two-year-olds' bilingual proficiency. Child Development, 82, 1834-1849. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2011.01660.x

Parra, M.*, Hoff, E., & Core, C. (2011) Relations among language exposure, phonological memory, and language development in Spanish-English bilingually developing two-year-olds. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 108, 113-125. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2010.07.011

Hoff, E. (2006) How social contexts support and shape language development. Developmental Review, 26, 55-88.


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