My main area of research interest is bi- and multilingualism.  More specifically: bi- and multilingual acquisition, adult second and third language acquisition, and multilingual cognition and code-mixing.  I am interested in examining the influence that the languages of a multilingual have on each other in acquisition and cognition, and what factors determine the degree to which each language of a multilingual play a role, with the use of models from the generative, cognitive, and psycholinguistic views.  Below are a few examples of my written work:

  • For my master’s project, I am examining acquisition of the German grammatical gender feature by adult third language learners with L1 English L2 Spanish and L1 Spanish L2 English.   I am looking to investigate the degree to which German learners are able to access their Spanish gender knowledge to acquire the German gender system.

  • Recently I have worked on a project proposal as the final project for a graduate class on bilingualism.