Research overview

I study language development with a focus on processing limitations at different levels, the neurobiological basis, and the effects on typical and atypical learning.

Currently my research is focused on the role of early language experience by studying rare cases who suffer from early language deprivation. I have been looking at the longitudinal development (word order) and ultimate attainment (SVO, comprehension) of American Sign Language (ASL) syntactic structures by people who are deaf and had very limited early language exposure. I’m also exploring the anatomical differences as a result of early language deprivation (language pathways, visual regions).

My other projects include a study on L2 acquisition of semantic operators in Mandarin, and fieldwork on an indigenous American language, Ja’a Kumiai.