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I conduct research in the areas of typical and atypical language development in Spanish-speaking children and in children from dual language backgrounds. Although I am interested in studying dual language learners in general, most of my research centers on Spanish-English speaking children who have learned English sequentially. My research centers on describing the grammatical skills of Spanish speaking children with specific language impairment (SLI). I have included in my research are children from varied sociolinguistc backgrounds, including both monolingual and bilingual speakers, and typical and atypical learners. In this way, the impact of child-internal and child-external factors on grammatical skill can be ascertained. It is my goal that this research program will result in informing us about language acquisition processes in children. In addition, practical and applied aspects of the field, specifically those pertaining to best practices in the assessment and treatment of children from dual language backgrounds are also addressed. I direct the Bilingual Language Development lab in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences.
I teach in the areas of child second language acquisition/disorders, social factors related to communication disorders, language diversity, and atypical language development and disorders.
Bold student names indicate a cognitive science standalone student.
|Blackburn, Judith||Reading Skills in Children Exposed to Domestic Violence (January 2006)||Anderson, R. (Chair), Forrest, K., Holtzworth-Munroe, A., Murray, L.|