RESEARCH

My research focuses on understanding the impact of bilingualism on children’s (1) language abilities, (2) cognition, and (3) sociocultural understanding that allows bilingual children to learn their languages successfully, and provides them with the skills to succeed academically. 

The methods of my studies have included experimental designs, neuroimaging (fMRI and fNIRS), standardized assessments, surveys, and one-on-one qualitative child-friendly interviews.

Feature 1

A variety of abilities form the foundation of language acquisition, including: knowledge of language sounds (phonology; Ugolini, Wagley, Arredondo, Ip, Hsu, & Kovelman, 2016), knowledge of units of grammar that carry meaning (morphology; Arredondo, Ip, Hsu, Tardif, & Kovelman, 2015; Ip, Hsu, Arredondo, Tardif, & Kovelman, 2016), and awareness of sentence structures (syntax; Arredondo, Hu, Seifert, Satterfield, & Kovelman, under review). My research has focused on each of these linguistic elements in relation to literacy acquisition, and their neural representations among monolinguals and bilinguals.

Feature 2

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