PhD in Second Language Acquisition, UMD
I am interested in studying how two language develop in a bilingual mind. Much of my research focus on Heritage Language Speakers, typically 2nd generation immigrants in the U.S. These are speakers whose first language (typically the language of their immigrant parents) is no longer their dominant language. This group provides a valuable natural laboratory for distinguishing the roles of early experience vs. amount of experience in language learning, factors that are typically confounded. Results from cross-language speech perception studies challenge the common view that early experience is paramount. Some perceptual abilities are most dependent on early experience in a language, whereas others are more dependent on the amount of experience in a language.
Wing Yee Chow