My interest in language, bilingualism, and the brain began after I attended a bilingual French school from grades one through six. After learning a second and then third language, I was left with many unanswered questions regarding the brains capacity for language and how language functions in the brain. In the fall of 2011, I enrolled in an introductory linguistic course focusing on the origins and development of language. In the fall of 2013, I took a 400 level psycholinguistics course focusing on language processing in the brain. This course integrated my knowledge from course work in my psychology minor along with my emphasis in linguistics. In the spring of 2014, I sought out of the classroom experience and undertook a research assistant opportunity in the center for language learning at Penn State. Research work I assist with pertained mostly to bilingualism and language processing. The first experiment that I assisted used the eye tracker paradigm to further understand how monolinguals and bilinguals process language differently.
The following document includes a research proposal I wrote for psych426 (Language and thought). The proposal examines potential sources for discrepancies in second language accentuation in late language learners.