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Second language acquisition

Our research on developmental processes in second language acquisition assumes that the initial composition of the new language is a copy of the native language. The objective of our work is to observe the processes in which the learner’s initial copy of the first language comes to resemble the target language system (and the variables that modulate these processes), and to determine learners’ ultimate attainment in the target language. Via laboratory-based experimental paradigms and implementation of sound statistical methods, we use behavioral data from speech production, speech perception, and acceptability judgment paradigms to inform phonological acquisition theory, primarily within a generative framework. Alongside our primary focus is on L2 phonology and the phonology/morphology interface, we have secondary interests in L2 morphosyntax, semantics, and pragmatics, and their interfaces.

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