My Research

  • How do adults learn second languages?
  • What happens to your first language when you learn a second language?
  • How can we teach second languages more effectively?
  • What impact does multilingualism have on our societies?

My research broadly deals with how languages interact within the multilingual mind. I'm currently focusing on whether and how a fully-developed adult first language system is affected by acquisition of a second language. In addition to traditional analyses of speech production, I conduct analyses of co-speech hand gestures to address this question. My work is published in journals related to second language acquisition, language and cognition, language and gesture, and language assessment.

Check out the Research Lab page tabs for ongoing and previous projects in the research lab.

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