Ariel Chan


Lab Affiliation: Bilingualism, Mind, and Brain Lab

Research interests: Bilingualism, heritage language acquisition, second language acquisition, socio-pragmatics

I am a fourth-year PhD student in East Asian Linguistics at UCLA and a member of the BMB Lab.
My research interests lie in bilingualism, heritage language acquisition, and socio-pragmatics. Specifically, I’m interested in examining how sociocultural, cognitive, and linguistic factors interact with one another in bilingual processing mechanisms. Using code-switching as a lens of investigation, my dissertation project examines how three groups of Cantonese-English bilinguals differ from each other in terms of language dominance, processing mechanism, cognitive control, and identity.