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.

Downloadable Material

Noun Semantics Presentation
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Publications

Journal Articles

2019

Hracs, L. (2019). A corpus study of only in child-directed and child-produced speech. In E. Dmyterko (Ed.), Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Linguistic Association.

2018

Hracs, L. (2018). An event structure approach to the human vs. non-human distinction. In Wm. G. Bennett, L. Hracs, & D. R. Storoshenko (Eds.), Proceedings of the 35th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (pp. 186-193). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

2017

Hracs, L. (2017). An event structure approach to the human vs. non-human distinction. Poster presented at the 35th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 35), April 2017, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada. Poster.

2016

Hracs, L. (2016). Second language acquisition and language contact: The relationship between synchronic and diachronic processes. Poster presented at the Language Research Centre’s Annual Student Poster Symposium, University of Calgary, April 2016, Calgary, AB. Poster.

Hracs, L. (2016). The role of salience in the second language acquisition of focus structure. In L. Hracs, Proceedings  of the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Linguistic Association.