In my PhD, I use syntactic priming (speakers' tendency to reuse a syntactic structure they have recently been exposed to) to investigate language processing and learning in adult first and second language speakers. In a first set of lab-based studies, I am testing whether the same mechanism supports syntactic priming in both groups of speakers and how this phenomenon is influenced by individual differences in attention, motivation and proficiency. In a second strand of my PhD, I will implement syntactic priming activities in classroom environments to see whether they can support second language teaching.
- Acquisition of a second language's syntax and pronunciation
- Syntactic priming
- Classroom-based research
Messenger, K., Hardy, S. M., & Coumel, M. (2020). An exemplar model should be able to explain all syntactic priming phenomena: A commentary on Ambridge (2020). First Language. doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0142723720904479
Coumel, M., Christiner, M. and Reiterer, S.M. (2019). Second Language Accent Faking Ability Depends on Musical Abilities, Not on Working Memory. Front. Psychol. 10:257. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00257