The Bilingual Language Lab focuses on research studying the language skills of children, both typical and atypical learners, who are dual language learners, with a primary subject population of Latino children who are DLL. In particular, we are interested in studying the intersectionality of child-internal features with child-external features and how these inform DLL variable development. We are also interested in the dynamic relationship between skill in both languages and performance across language tasks.
Bilingual Language Lab
Currently, we are analyzing longitudinal data from 56 DLLs from preschool to early elementary school age with varying language skills in both English and Spanish. From these data, we are addressing a variety of aspects pertaining to child DLL language development/skill. Some examples include:
- how previous criteria for identifying potential language delays in DLLs conform to the current participant performance
- if and how semantic measures are predictive of grammatical performance/skill
- impact of language exposure and production on Spanish and English skill
- how to best measure language skill
- patterns of skill across languages and how these may change across time