RESEARCH

Current project

We learn from our mistakes – or do we? Towards more efficient use of talking and listening experience in a second language. (Vidi career development grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research NWO.)

Research interests

Second language acquisition

  • (Improving) sound perception and production in a second language
  • (Improving) word recognition in non-native listening
  • (Improving) segmentation of continuous speech in non-native listening
  • Effects of bilingual education
  • Lexical tests for advanced learners: LexTALE

Multilingualism

  • First language retention and relearning in international adoptees
  • Codeswitching

PhD projects supervision

Ongoing

  • Claire Goriot: How early foreign language education influences pupils’ linguistic and cognitive development: A comparison between monolingual, “VVTO”, and early bilingual primary-school pupils.
  • Chara Tsoukala: Uncovering the mechanisms of language switching.
  • Emily Felker: Improving L2 speech perception: How non-native listeners learn from their mistakes.
  • Aurora Troncoso Ruiz: How disruptions in communication help enhance the acquisition of L2 sounds in production.
  • Monica Wagner: Individual differences in foreign accent.

Completed

  • Sammie Tarenskeen (2016). What’s the Use of Colour? On the Role of Salience in Overspecification. PhD dissertation, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
  • Laurence Bruggeman (2016). Nativeness, Dominance, and the Flexibility of Listening to Spoken Language. PhD dissertation, University of Western Sydney, Australia.
  • Wencui Zhou (2015). Assessing Birth Language Memory in Young Adoptees. PhD dissertation, Radboud University.
  • Jiyoun Choi (2014). Rediscovering a Forgotten Language. PhD dissertation, Radboud University.