Dr. Golinkoff studies how children learn their native language. The majority of her career has been spent in widening our view of how children tackle this amazing feat. As part of that research, she has developed several methods to study what children know about language before they can speak. She has also studied how adults talk to children, how children learn words, and how children find the units in the stream of speech that bombards them.Her research efforts have expanded to focus on the benefits of play. Understanding what people consider play to be, why playtime is shrinking for children in our society, and what children learn from play either alone or with a caring adult are all projects underway.