MA, Boston University, Applied Linguistics
BA, University of Arkansas, Psychology
My research interests encompass second language learner and bilingual processing and representation of words and sounds (i.e., phonemes) in multiple languages. Adults who speak more than one language, be they bilinguals, heritage speakers, or second language learners, have a system that represents and processes the words and phonemes of their native language as well as a second non-native system. My research asks how these two systems interact and what this can tell us about native and non-native representation and processing. My projects on these interests cover both the segmental (e.g., pharyngeal) and suprasegmental (e.g., tone) phonological levels and the influence of domain-general process on word recognition. I’ve been fortunate to contribute to other projects on topics within bilingualism and SLA, such as assessing linguistic proficiency, tailored assessment feedback, immersion contexts, learning a third language, and distance learning.