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Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition Group

Rutgers University
Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition Program
105 George St, Carpender Hall- Douglass Campus

 

The Bilingualism and Second Language Acquisition Program at Rutgers-New Brunswick has as its main goal to conduct research on the linguistic and cognitive processes involved in bilingual and second language acquisition in children and adults. 


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Jennifer Austin Jose Camacho  Nydia Flores  miguel  100 0854  Nuria Sagarra  Tom Stephens

 

On-Going Research Projects:

 1.  Acquisition of Idioms in Heritage Speakers.  Prof. Jose Camacho.

2.  Adverb Placement in Second Language Acquisition.  Prof. Jose Camacho.

3.  Bilingual development of Spanish-English children in Union City, NJ.  Prof. Jennifer Austin, Prof. Liliana Sanchez and Prof. Gretchen Van de Walle (Rutgers Newark).

4.  Focus and Topicalization in Peruvian Spanish Heritage speakers in the US.  In collaboration with Prof. Jacqueline Toribio (University of Texas, Austin), Prof. Ana de Prada (University of Florida) and Aaron Roggia (Utah Statement University).

5.  Focus and Topic marking in Bilingual Quechua.  Prof. Liliana Sanchez.

6.  Semantic Transfer of null object properties in Chinese-Spanish adult bilinguals.  In collaboration with Prof. Ana Teresa Perez-Leroux (University of toronto) and Prof. Alejandro Cuza (Purdue University)

7.  The acquisition of morphosyntax in Basque/Spanish bilingual children.  Prof. Jennifer Austin.

Current Research Projects on Heritage Speakers  

Prof. Jennifer B. Austin 

  1. The interpretation of scalar implicatures by heritage Spanish/English bilingual children (PRAB). Collaborators: Prof. Liliana Sánchez, Prof. Kristen Syrett, Anne Lingwall (graduate student), Silvia Perez-Cortés (graduate student).
  2. The development of Spanish and English in child heritage speakers of Spanish (Union City). Collaborators: Prof. Liliana Sánchez, David Giancaspro (graduate student), Silvia Perez-Cortés (graduate student).
  3. L1 attrition in adult heritage Russian bilinguals (fMRICollaborators: Crystal Marull (graduate student) and Olga Bourkina (post-doc)
  4. Cognitive effects of bilingualism in adult heritage speakers ofCollaborator: Alena Kirova (graduate student)

  

Prof. Jose Camacho 

  1. Acquisition of verb placement among Spanish heritageCollaborator: Patricia Gonzalez (graduate student).

  

Prof. Nuria Sagarra

  1. Anaphora resolution in early and late bilinguals (technique: self-paced reading).  Collaborator: Prof. Aurora Bel, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain.
  2. Heritage speakers' processing of relative clauses (technique: self-paced reading).Collaborator: Prof. Aurora Bel, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain, Prof. Liliana Sánchez.
  3. Heritage speakers' use of phonotactic cues to predict morphosyntactic information (technique: eye-tracking).  Collaborator: Prof. Karin Stromswold, Dept of Psychology, Rutgers University.
  4. Spanish and Russian heritage speakers´processing of sentences in English (technique: eye-tracking). Collaborator: Prof. Anastasia Stoops, Dept of Psychology. Univ of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  

Prof. Liliana Sánchez

  1. The interpretation of scalar implicatures by heritage Spanish/English bilingual children (PRAB). Collaborators: Prof. Jennifer Austin, Prof. Kristen Syrett, Anne Lingwall (graduate student), Silvia Perez-Cortés (graduate student).
  2. The development of Spanish and English in child heritage speakers of Spanish (Union City). Collaborators: Prof. Jennifer Austin, David Giancaspro (graduate student), Silvia Perez-Cortés (graduate student). 

 

Graduate students

Joseph-Agbenyegah

David Giancaspro

Patricia Gonzalez Darriba

Benjamin Kinsella

Alena Kirova

Anne Lingwall

Kelly Lovejoy

Crystal Marull

Lake Mathison

Silvia Pérez-Cortés

Martha Rayas Tanaka 

Elisa Tellez Perez

Relevant Links:

Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Rutgers-New Brunswick

Department of Classics and Modern Languages, Rutgers-Newark

Department of Linguistics, Rutgers

SALTS

VCLA Cornell

Contact Us

Academic Building-CAC
15 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

P  848-932-9323
F  732.932.7126 

Email: info@spanport.rutgers.edu