Indiana University

The Department of Second Language Studies

Research

Second Language Acquisition and Sentence Processing Lab

The Second Language Acquisition and Sentence Processing Lab supports all manner of processing research and is headed by Laurent Dekydtspotter.

Facilities

The Second Language Acquisition and Sentence Processing Lab is equipped with 4 PCs and a portable eye-tracking system on a laptop. We also have a PC workstation equipped with Matlab and EEGLAB.

Recent Events

  • Charlene Gilbert, Cyntia Vernhet and Laurent Dekydtspotter presented a paper: "Computations and goal-orientation in L1-English L2-French anaphoric processing" at Second Language Research Forum, at Georgia State Unversity, Saturday October 31st 2015.
  • Hyun-Jin Kim presented a paper: "Identification of Imperfective semantics: Evidence from L2 sentence Processing at Second Language Research Forum" at Georgia State Unversity, Saturday October 31st 2015.
  • Laurent presented a paper: "Second Language Grammar and Processing as Computations Fail to Complete" at University of Calgary: Language Research Center, October 23, 2015.

Collaborations and Ongoing Projects

The status of syntax in L2 sentence processing: behavioral investigations
  • Hyun-Kyoung Seo, IUPUI, Columbus
  • Mark Black, Ph.D. candidate, French Linguistics
  • Rodica Frimu, Ph.D. candidate, French Linguistics
  • Amber Panwitz, Ph.D. candidate, French Linguistics
  • Charlene Gilbert, Ph.D. track French Linguistics
  • Alisha Reaves, Ph.D. track French Linguistics
  • Cyntia Vernhet, Ph.D. track French Linguistics
Parser grammar relations: lexical access and learning
  • Claire Renaud, Prof. Arizona State University
  • Hyun-Jin Kim, Second Language Study
  • Tanial Leal, postdoc Spanish & Portuguese
  • Rodica Frimu, Ph.D. candidate, French Linguistics
Syntactic Chains: ERP investigations in French, Spanish and English
  • Charlene Gilbert, Ph.D. track French Linguistics
  • Alisha Reaves, Ph.D. track French Linguistics
  • Cyntia Vernhet, Ph.D. track French Linguistics
  • Tanial Leal, postdoc Spanish & Portuguese
  • Mike Iverson, postdoc Second Language Studies
  • Kate A, Miller, Prof. IUPU Indianapolis

This work made possible thanks to the shared facilities of the Imaging Research Facility, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dr. Sharlene Newman, Director, and Isaiah Innis, EEG Technician.

The learning of second and foreign languages is a rich and fascinating process involving linguistic, psychological, cultural, and social dimensions. The Indiana University Department of Second Language Studies is dedicated to teaching and research on the structure, acquisition, and use of nonnative language in both instructed and contact contexts.