Current research in our laboratory advances the computational and neurocognitive bases of nonnative processing. We aim at understanding the strategies involved in building syntax-semantics representations with specifications for a late-acquired nonnative language. We are developing the hypothesis that nonnative processing involves an adaptation of the processing system to more effortful lexical access and retrieval for late-acquired nonnative grammar and vocabulary.
Directed by Prof. Sun-Young Shin, the Language Assessment Lab (LAL) is devoted to the understanding and advancing of theory, research, and practice in second/foreign language assessment used for intended decisions to be made at a variety of educational and societal settings.
We are primarily interested in integrated assessment, L2 vocabulary assessment, L2 pragmatics assessment, ESP assessment, paired/group speaking test, and standard-setting methods. If you have any questions about our lab, please email our lab director, Prof. Shin.
Research in the SLA Lab focuses on the investigation of factors affecting second language acquisition that take place in instructed contexts. Our aim is to contribute to the body of knowledge that will lead to effective teaching methods as well as to understand how people learn an additional language under instructed conditions. In our projects, we have mostly focused on the acquisition of English, Spanish, and Turkish as second languages. If you are interested in participating in our lab activities, please contact Dr. Yucel Yilmaz.
The Second Language Acquisition and Sentence Processing Lab supports all manner of processing research and is headed by Laurent Dekydtspotter.