Jean-Remy Hochmann

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Jean-Remy Hochmann (born June 11, 1981) is a French cognitive scientist and developmental psychologist. His early research focused on the role of word frequency[1] and the functional distinction between consonants and vowels in early language acquisition. Hochmann argues against the idea put forth by Noam Chomsky, W. Tecumseh Fitch & Marc Hauser (2004)[2] that recursion is the only uniquely human cognitive ability for language.[3]

Jean-Remy Hochmann obtained his doctoral degree from SISSA/ISAS (International School for Advanced Studies) in Italy in 2010 and is currently continuing his studies as a post-doctoral fellow working with Dr. Susan Carey at Harvard University.


  1. ^ Hochmann, J-R., Endress A.D., & Mehler, J. (2010). Word frequency as a cue to identify function words in infancy. Cognition, 115, 444-457.
  2. ^ Fitch, W. T., & Hauser, M. D. (2004). Computational constraints on syntactic processing in a nonhuman primate. Science, 303, 377.
  3. ^ Hochmann, J.R., Azadpour, M. Mehler J. (2008) Do humans really learn AnBn rtificial grammars from exemplars? Cognitive Science, 32, pp. 1021-1036.