Dr. John W. Schwieter is Professor of Spanish and Linguistics and Director of the Language Acquisition, Multilingualism, and Cognition Laboratory and Bilingualism Matters @ Laurier.
Dr. Schwieter is interested in how humans learn and process more than one language. In his Language Acquisition, Multilingualism, and Cognition Laboratory, experiments measuring language development and cognitive processes are conducted to better understand language acquisition and how multiple languages are processed and accomodated in one mind.
He is the founding Executive Editor of Bilingual Processing and Acquisition (John Benjamins Publishing), a book series which publishes volumes that take psycholinguistic and neurocognitive approaches to examine language learning and processing. He is also an inaugural co-editor of Cambridge Elements in Second Language Acquisition (Cambridge University Press), a hybrid-focus series which combines features of journals and books and showcases a comprehensive home for key topics in SLA that readers can consult for up-to-date coverage.
Involvement in Funded Projects
Principal Investigator of Bilingualism Matters in the Waterloo Region and Canada, funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Development Grant, 2019-2022, $199,678.
Co-Principal Investigator (with Alexandra Gottardo as Co-Principal Investigator) of Language experience and linguistic skills among multilinguals in higher education, funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Development Grant, 2018-2020, $74,990.
For a list of books, articles, and chapters published, visit the Language Acquisition, Multilingualism, and Cognition Laboratory
Dr. Schwieter is a recipient of the Faculty of Arts Teaching Scholar Award, which is presented to one faculty member per year in recognition of his/her explicit and creative integration of scholarly research and teaching. He instructs the following courses in linguistics (LL) and Spanish (SP):
Office location: P303, Frank C. Peters Building
Office hours: By appointment.
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
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