Toby Mintz

Associate Professor of Psychology and Linguistics

Contact Information
E-mail: tmintz@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-2253
Office: SGM 613

Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website
USC Language Development Lab


  • Ph.D. Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Linguistics, University of Rochester, 1/1996

  • Postdoctoral Training

    • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, 09/1996-08/1998  

    Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    Professor Mintz's research interests center around the congnitive mechanisms underlying language aquisition. In a current project, he is finding that infants have started to form rudimentary representations of the grammatical units of their language, such as verb inflections, by 15 months of age. He also uses computational modeling techniques, methods from computer science, and experiments with adults as tools in testing and forming theories of language development in children.
    Research Keywords
    cognitive mechanisms, language accquisition, learning, linguistics, infants, children

    Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

    • USC Language Development Lab, http://www-rcf.usc.edu/~langdev/


    • Byrd, D. M., Mintz, T. H. (2010). Discovering Speech, Words, and Mind. Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

    Book Chapter
    • Mintz, T. H. (2006). Finding the verbs: distributional cues to categories available to young learners. (Vol. 31-63). New York: Action Meets Word: How Children Learn Verbs/Oxfor University Press.
    • Mintz, T. H. (2006). Frequent frames: Simple co-occurrence constructions and their links to linguistic structure. (Vol. 59-82). Stanford: Constructions in Acquisition/CSLI.

    Conference Proceeding
    • Wang, H., Mintz, T. H. (2010). From linear sequences to abstract structures: Distributional information in infant-directed speech. In A Supplement to the Proceedings of the 34th Boston University Conference on Language Development. J. Chandlee, K. Franich, K. Iserman, and L. Keil (Ed.), pp. MA. Somerville, MA. Cascadilla Press. Paper
    • Wang, H., Mintz, T. H. (2008). A Dynamic Learning Model for Categorizing Words Using Frames. In Proceedings of the 32nd annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, H. Chan, E. Kapia, & H. Jacob (Ed.), pp. 552-536. Somerville, MA. Cascadilla Press.

    Encyclopedia Article
    • Mintz, T. H. (2008). Language Development. (New Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, L. R. Squire, Ed.). 313-319. Oxford: Academic Press.

    Journal Article
    • Mintz, T. H. (2013). The segmentation of sub-lexical morphemes in English-learning 15-month-old infants. Frontiers in Language Sciences. Vol. 4 (24), pp. 1-12.
    • Chemla, E., Mintz, T. H., Bernal, S., Christophe, A. (2009). Categorizing words using frequent frames: What cross-linguistic analyses reveal about distributional acquisition strategies. Developmental Science. Vol. 12 (3), pp. 396-406.
    • Mintz, T. H. (2005). Linguistic and conceptual influences on adjective acquisition in 24- and 36-month-olds. Developmental Psychology/American Psychological Association. Vol. 41, pp. pp. 17-29.
    • Curtin, S., Mintz, T. H., Christiansen, M. H. (2005). Stress changes the representational landscape: Evidence from word segmentation. Cognition/Elsevier. Vol. 96, pp. pp. 233-262.
    • Arnoff, J., Giralt, N., Mintz, T. H. (2005). Stochastic Approaches to Morphology Acquisition. Selected Proceedings of the 8th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium/Cascadilla Press. pp. p. 110-121.

    • Mintz, T. H. Curtin, S., Mintz, T., and Byrd, D. (2001). Coarticulatory cues enhances infants' recognition of syllable sequences in speech. . In A. H.-J. Do, L. Domínguez, & A. Johansen (Eds.), Proceedings of the 25th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. .
    • Mintz, T. H. Mintz, T. H., Newport, E. L., and Bever, T. G. (2002). The distributional structure of grammatical categories in speech to young children. Cognitive Science, 26, 393-424. .
    • Mintz, T. H. Mintz, T. H., & Giralt, N. (2001). What's in a name? Novel and superordinate nouns facilitate learning novel adjectives. To appear in, Proceedings of the 25th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press. .
    • Mintz, T. H. Mintz, T. H., and Gleitman, L. R. (2002). Adjectives really do modify nouns: the incremental and restricted nature of early adjective acquisition. Cognition, 84, 267-293.
    • Mintz, T. H. Mintz, T.H. (2002). Category Induction from Distributional Cues in an Artificial Language. Memory & Cognition, 30, 678-686.

    • Wang, H., Höhle, B., Ketrez, N. F., Küntay, A. C., Mintz, T. H. (2011). Cross-linguistic Distributional Analyses with Frequent Frames: The Cases of German and Turkish. In N. Danis, K. Mesh, & H. Sung (Ed.), pp. 628-640. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.. Proceedings of the 35th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development.

  • Department of Psychology
  • University of Southern California
  • SGM 501
  • 3620 South McClintock Ave.
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-1061
  • Phone: (213) 740 - 2203