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Department of Linguistics
McGill University
1085 Dr. Penfield
Montreal, Quebec
Canada. H3A 1A7

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  • Title: Plasticité cognitive et acquisition du langage: l’effet de l’environnement linguistique (Cognitive plasticity and language acquisition: effects of the linguistic environment)
    Investigators: Heather Goad (PI), Fred Genesee, Gigi Luk, Phaedra Royle, Stefano Rezzonico, Karsten Steinhauer, Elin Thordardottir, Lydia White
    Duration of grant: 2020-2024
    Granting agency: FRQSC Team Grant

    Project Description
    This interdisciplinary research program examines effects of quantity, quality and timing of input on learner development in various groups: bilingual children, children with language impairment, internationally adopted children, heritage speakers and L2 learners. The emphasis is on determining the extent to which diverse groups exhibit effects of cognitive plasticity in their approaches to language learning, despite variation in input. Key questions include the following: (i) What is the typical developmental trajectory for language learners under diverse learning conditions and how is this shaped by the input to which they are exposed? (ii) Which cognitive factors impact language acquisition and use, and is their impact the same under different input conditions? At the same time, we question whether monolinguals provide the appropriate benchmark for all learners. We expect that plasticity will be better recognized if groups are evaluated by means other than solely through comparisons with monolinguals. By focusing on multiple groups, we aim to show that learners are often successful in attaining a level of proficiency that allows for communicative competence, if not total grammatical accuracy.

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  • Title: Prosodic effects in L2 grammars: Extending the Prosodic Transfer Hypothesis
    Investigators: Heather Goad and Lydia White
    Duration of grant: 2022-2027
    Granting agency: SSHRC Insight Grant

    Project Description