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Dr. Schwieter to present research with students in Montreal

Feb 15/12

Dr. John W. Schwieter, associate professor of Spanish and linguistics, will present two research papers at the 8th Quebec-Ontario Dialogues on the Acquisition of Spanish with Aline Ferreira and Gabrielle Klassen, two students who are working under his direction in research projects. This conference is an annual scholarly event held in universities with Spanish linguistics graduate programs across Quebec and Ontario (University of Western Ontario, University of Toronto, University of Ottawa, and Université de Montréal) which covers the main areas of linguistics (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics) with a special emphasis on theoretical and empirical research in Spanish language acquisition. On March 2, 2012, it will take place at the University of Montreal.

Aline Ferreira is a research associate in the Psycholinguistics and Language Acquisition Laboratory (“the Red Lab” in BA415), PhD candidate in linguistic studies at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil, and PhD candidate in developmental psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University. Dr. Schwieter’s paper with Aline is entitled “Concept and lexical selection in Spanish language learners”. In this study, they investigate several psycholinguistic aspects of bilingualism including language and concept selection, cross-linguistic interference, and lexical development and processing. This paper has been accepted to appear as a book chapter in “Innovative research and practices in second language acquisition and bilingualism” to be published by John Benjamins, a top publisher in linguistics.

Gabrielle Klassen is a research assistant in the Psycholinguistics and Language Acquisition Laboratory (“the Red Lab” in BA415) and Year 4 student in the HBA in Languages program. Dr. Schwieter’s paper with Gaby is entitled “The morpho-syntactic interface of determiner phrases in English and Spanish.” In this study, they investigate the functional category of determiner phrases in bilinguals and put forth theories explaining the dynamic effects this has on interlanguage development for language learners of Spanish. This paper is currently under review in a peer-reviewed journal.

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