Jill Hoover

University of Massachusetts Department of Communication Disorders faculty Jill Hoover
Assistant Professor
Communication Disorders Building, #318


Sounds2Syntax Lab


B.S., University of Minnesota, 2001; M.A., Northern Illinois University, 2003; Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2009

Area(s) of Specialization: 

Phonological acquisition and disorders; Grammatical acquisition and Specific Language Impairment; Language assessment and intervention in children; Spoken word recognition

Research Description: 

Dr. Hoover’s research examines the interface between phonological, lexical and grammatical acquisition in typical development and clinical populations, including phonological disorders and Specific Language Impairment (SLI). She is particularly interested in how understanding this interface can inform diagnosis and treatment for preschool children with language impairments.

Key Publications: 

Haebig, E.K., Sterling, A.M., & Hoover, J.R. (2016). Examining the language phenotype in children with typical development, specific language impairment and fragile x syndrome. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 59, 1046 –1058.

Hoover, J.R. & Storkel, H.L. (2013). Grammatical treatment and specific language impairment: Neighborhood density and third person singular -s. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 27, 661-680.

Hoover, J.R., Storkel, H.L. & Rice, M.L. (2012). The interface between neighborhood density & optional infinitives: Normal development and Specific Language Impairment. Journal of Child Language, 39, 835-862.

Hoover, J.R., Storkel, H.L. & Hogan, T.P. (2010). A cross-sectional comparison of the effects of phonotactic probability and neighborhood density on word learning by preschool children. Journal of Memory and Language, 63, 100 – 116. PMC2885809

Storkel, H.L. & Hoover, J.R. (2010). Word learning in children with phonological delays: Differentiating effects of phonotactic probability and neighborhood density. Journal of Communication Disorders, 42, 105-119.

Storkel, H.L. & Hoover, J.R. (2010). An on-line calculator to compute phonotactic probability and neighborhood density based on child corpora of spoken American English. Behavior Research Methods, 42, 497 – 506.