UofT Language Research Day
Language Research Day 2021 Agenda:
Meet our Keynote Speaker!
Biography: Marion Coumel is a Postdoctoral researcher in psycholinguistics at the University of Warwick (UK), examining the theoretical psycholinguistic mechanisms underlying bilingual language processing and second language learning to inform language learning and teaching practices. She previously studied Cognitive Science at the Universities of McGill (Canada), Vienna (Austria) and Zagreb (Croatia).
Project Title: Syntactic priming and second language learning
Abstract: Syntactic priming is the tendency of speakers to re-use a recently perceived syntactic structure to formulate their own sentences. It is both an interesting psycholinguistic phenomenon and an experimental paradigm used to study the nature of syntactic representations and language processing and learning across groups of speakers, as it occurs not only in first language speakers but also in second language (L2) speakers. Current research suggests that syntactic priming may in fact support L2 learning: following a syntactic priming task, L2 speakers experience long-term changes in how they select L2 syntactic structures for language production and such priming also makes them produce L2 structures more accurately. In this talk, I will present my recent doctoral research in which I investigated how syntactic priming supports language learning in L2 speakers across different contexts (in face-to-face or in written chat-based interactions, and in online non-interactive tasks) and for multiple L2 structures.
Language Research Day 2021 Abstracts:
Quantifying the Task-Specific Information in Text-Based Classifications