Lab Affiliation(s): Bilingualism, Mind, and Brain Lab
Research Interests: bilingual language processing; second language learning in adults; individual differences in early language experience; cognitive control
I am an advanced doctoral student in the Language Science Department advised by Dr. Judith Kroll. I am interested in how individual differences in cognitive skills and both formal and informal language knowledge affect new language learning. In my dissertation, I am investigating how immersion experience in an L2 may affect L3 learning in young adults. Mandarin-English bilinguals from China, who are studying abroad in the United States, are being asked to learn aspects of Spanish (L3) gender and phonology. I am considering how ambient exposure to Spanish and individual differences in cognitive control may shape their learning outcomes.
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University of California, Irvine
Email: atakahes AT uci.edu