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:
- How first language (L1) and second language (L2) interact with each other in the process of L2 acquisition
- How L2 grammar and meaning are represented in the minds of L2 speakers
- 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)?
- The Acquisition of English by Korean and Russian speakers
- L2 acquisition of definiteness
- L2 acquisition of scalar implicatures
- L2 acquisition of presuppositions
- Individual differences in L2 acquisition
- 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
The SLA Lab has been generously funded and supported by UW-Madison’s College of Letters & Science and the English Department.