Director, Center for Second Language Research
My research program aims to unveil basic mechanisms of human learning. This knowledge can become instrumental in informing practices for better learning and teaching languages.
Research in my lab combines methods of behavioral experimentation, computational analyses of large corpora of language, computer modeling, and a wee bit of brain methods (electrophysiology, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging - with collaborators). Research projects focus on similarities and differences between child and adult language learning.
Check out this project that tracks the development of bilingualism in infants as young as 6 months!
With Michael Spivey we have edited a special issue on Cognition and Communication in the open access journal Information:
Onnis, L. & Spivey, M.J. (2012) (Eds.) Cognition and Communication, Special Issue of Information.