Current research & resources
Although we share the common conceptual pursuit of better understanding grammar in bi- and multilingual populations across the lifespan and its interaction with cognitive and sociological factors, members and sub-groups in our lab enjoy diverse empirical interests. Empirically, members of our group research heritage varieties of French, German, and Spanish, as well as other language communities.
Our collective and individual research projects integrate cognitive, functional, and theoretical approaches. Another commonality shared among researchers in our group is emphasis on field research within the communities whose grammars we investigate. In summary, we seek to extend theoretical and laboratory research directly into the field and feel that our research provides invaluable insights into the grammar of bi- and multilingual speakers.
In our lab group we use various software programs that aid us in codifying natural data, searching and analyzing corpus data, and in conducting controlled experiments. For the purpose of codifying data, we use ELAN, and to aid our efforts in the analysis and searching of corpora, we commonly use xrenner and GUM. For those of us interested in phonetic and phonological aspects of language contact, we use Praat. We often use programs such as PsychoPy, Pebl, and OpenSesame to conduct experimental field work. We have recently been exploring the option of using ACT-R in our research on language contact and change.
Presentations & Publications