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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
July 3, 2015
Canadian Excellence

Psycholinguistics and Language Acquisition Lab

Located in 415 Bricker Academic Building, The Psycholinguistics and Language Acquisition Research Laboratory—also known as "The Red Lab"—is where research is conducted to explore the cognitive processes that support the acquisition and use of non-native languages. Broadly speaking, the research investigated in this lab looks at how multilingual speakers manage to speak in one language without massive intrusions from their other languages and how adult language learners access, process, and acquire words—and language in general. The data collection procedures employed in the laboratory make use of computerized psychological and cognitive tasks under controlled experimental conditions in order to evaluate the mental processes underpinning multilingual speech production and language acquisition. Other studies have also been conducted in translation processes, socio-cultural linguistics, and language teaching and learning.




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Collaborating Researchers

John W. Schwieter, BA, MSEd, MBA, PhD

Director of the Psycholinguistics and Language Acquisition Lab

Associate Professor of Spanish & Linguistics (Wilfrid Laurier University)

Visiting Professor of Applied Linguistics (University of Greenwich)

Centre for Applied Research and Outreach in Language Education

Aline Ferreira, BA, MA, PhD

Associate Director of the Psycholinguistics and Language Acquisition Lab

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow of Psychology (Wilfrid Laurier University)

Sessional Lecturer in Portuguese (University of Toronto)

Alessandro Benati, Dottore in Lettere & Fiolosofia, MSc, PhD

Professor of Applied Linguistics & Second Language Acquisition

Director of Research and Enterprise

Centre for Applied Research and Outreach in Language Education

University of Greenwich

Joyce Bruhn de Garavito, BA, MA, PhD

Professor of Hispanic Studies & Linguistics

Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Western University

Gabrielle Klassen, BA, MA, (ABD)

PhD Candidate in Hispanic Linguistics

University of Toronto

Jared A. Linck, BA, MS, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Cognitive Psychology & SLA

Center for Advanced Study of LanguageUniversity of Maryland

Gretchen Sunderman, BA, MA, PhD

Associate Professor of Spanish & Linguistics

Florida State University

Current and Past Research Facilitators

Katrina Annunziello, Research Assistant

Jeanette Atkinson, Research Assistant

Megan Boduch, Research Assistant

Ewa Bonczek-Baczek, Research Associate

Ewa Bonczek-Baczek, Research Assistant

Jordan Burrows, Research Associate

Jordan Burrows, Research Assistant

Samuel Daniels, Research Associate

Samuel Daniels, Research Assistant

Aline Ferreira, Research Associate

Michelle Hill, Research Assistant

Alice Jakubowski, Research Assistant

Gabrielle Klassen, Research Associate

Gabrielle Klassen, Research Assistant

Sarah Kunert, Research Assistant

Ashling McWilliam, Research Assistant

Jamie Suderman, Research Associate

Jamie Suderman, Research Assistant

Emily Wood, Research Assistant