PhD, Linguistics, UMD
My research explores the hypothesis that L1 interference (at least in the area of L2 phonology) is inevitable and is a major determinant of L2 outcomes. I am interested in using experimental techniques to characterize L1 interference and shed light on how bilinguals learn, represent, and process their second language. To date, I have largely focused on speech perception and spoken word recognition processes in highly proficient Spanish-English bilinguals who are late learners of English. I have used experimental and computational methods to assess the persistence of L1 interference in L2 phonological development. In addition to bearing on issues of ultimate attainment and L1 interference, this research project aims to relate learners? developing knowledge and language processing abilities to their ability to represent nonnative contrasts in their L2 lexicon.
Wing Yee Chow