SLA Lab

Welcome to the SLA Lab site!

The SLA Lab was founded in 2014 in order to investigate the nature of second language acquisition mechanisms from a cognitive perspective, including formal linguistic and psycholinguistic approaches.

Research focus and goals

Research in the SLA lab seeks to investigate the process of second language acquisition from a cognitive perspective, including formal linguistic and psycholinguistic approaches. The main goal of the SLA lab is to bring together faculty and students who are interested in experimental linguistics, with a special focus on L2 syntax/semantics and L2 sentence processing.

The main questions investigated in this lab are:

  1. How first language (L1) and second language (L2) interact with each other in the process of L2 acquisition
  2. How L2 grammar and meaning are represented in the minds of L2 speakers
  3. How different types of meaning (grammatical, sentential, and pragmatic) are calculated in the L1 and L2? What affects the acquisition of L2 meaning (e.g., L1 influence, linguistic complexity, processing complexity)?

 


 Current projects:

  • The Acquisition of English by Korean and Russian speakers (in process)

Future directions:

  • Multi-directional studies on the second language acquisition of English, Korean, and Russian

 


 

Location: 4285 and 4287 Helen C. White Hall

Mailing Address: SLA Lab; English Department; Helen C. White Hall; UW-Madison; 600 N. Park St.; Madison, WI 53706

E-mail: sla-lab@english.wisc.edu

 


The SLA Lab has been generously funded and supported by UW-Madison’s College of Letters & Science and the English Department.