SEcond Language Acquisition Lab
Principal Investigator: Dr. Susanne Carroll
One of the primary goals of our research is to learn more about how adult second language learners learn functional categories at the earliest stages of acquisition, i.e. on first exposure. Much of the research done with real learners (as opposed to artificial language learning studies) is descriptive. Instead, we are controlling the stimuli and population of interest in such a way that we can make stronger claims about cause and effect in learning.
We investigate how learners respond to stimuli from modified versions of languages such as Korean and Persian (Farsi). Although the content is simplified, the stimuli we use in our studies retain natural language qualities. While one of the central questions is whether adults treat these tasks as an artificial exercise, our methodologies allow us to determine the effects of frequency by controlling the amount of exposure each learner receives.