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Susan Moore Ervin-Tripp (born Susan Moore Ervin; June 29, 1927 in Minneapolis, MN) is an American psycholinguist and is currently a professor emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley.[1] She has conducted research on child language acquisition and bilingualism among children and has made contributions to the fields of linguistics, psychology, child development, sociology, anthropology, rhetoric, and women's studies.[2][3]

She was a doctoral advisor of Daniel Kahneman, a 2002 Nobel Prize winner.

Dr Ervin-Tripp was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1974.[4]


Ervin-Tripp earned a PhD from the University of Michigan in 1955 for thesis entitled, The Verbal Behaviour of Bilinguals: The Effect of Language of Report upon the Thematic Apperception Test Stories of Adult French Bilinguals, under the supervision of Theodore Newcomb.[5] Ervin-Tripp's research focused on the relation between language use and the development of linguistic forms, and the developmental changes and structure of interpersonal talk among children.[6]

A festschrift dedicated to Ervin-Tripp was published in 1996.[7]


  1. ^ "Interview with Susan Ervin-Tripp" (PDF). 
  2. ^ "Susan M. Ervin-Tripp - Publications". Retrieved 2018-06-15. 
  3. ^ "Susan M. Ervin-Tripp World Cat Identity page". 
  4. ^ "Ervin-Tripp Guggenheim page". 
  5. ^ Ervin, Susan M. "The Effect of Language of Report upon the Thematic Apperception Test Stories of Adult French Bilinguals". ProQuest. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  6. ^ Ervin-Tripp, S. M. and A. Dill (1973), "Language Acquisition And Communicative Choice: Essays", Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, ISBN 0-8047-0831-2
  7. ^ Slobin, D., Gerhardt, J., Kyratzis, A., & Guo, J. 1996. Social Interaction, Social Context, and Language: Essays in Honor of Susan Ervin-Tripp. Lawrence Erlbaum.

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