Dr. Harriet Wood Bowden from the University of
Tennessee will be giving a talk entitled “Native-like brain processing of
L2 in college learners: Evidence from event-related potentials (ERPs)”.
See abstract below.
The talk will take place in University Hall 1750 at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday April 4th, 2012.
We hope to see everyone there!
Is it possible to attain native-like brain processing of a late-learned
second language (L2) as a typical college-level language learner? What is
the trajectory of lexical and grammatical neurocognitive processing in
such learners? I will present results from a study designed to shed light
on these questions. This study used event-related potentials (ERPs) to
examine the neurocognition of lexical and grammatical processing of L2
Spanish in two groups of college-level learners, as compared to native
(L1) Spanish speakers. The two L2 groups represented the beginning and
end-points of college-level learners. Results suggest that not only
experience and proficiency but also the type of grammatical structure in
question influence the attainment of native-like processing.Native-like
brain processing of L2 in college learners: Evidence from event-related