Research Areas

Our developmental research aims to delineate how language and cognitive abilities develop in children with different language experiences. We are interested in how bilingualism influences children’s ability to acquire and process linguistic information, and how language and cognitive skills interact to support bilingual language development. We recruit children from diverse bilingual backgrounds – those who grew up with their two languages, as well as those who acquired their second language later in life. We recruit children with typical language abilities, as well as children with language impairments.
Our adult research aims to delineate the mechanisms that can support the acquisition of a second language in adulthood. We are also interested in how bilingual adults process their two languages, and the extent to which their knowledge of one language influences their ability to process their other language. We recruit adult speakers of various languages. We recruit beginner second-language learners as well as fluent bilingual speakers.