My research focuses on understanding bilinguals’ linguistic abilities and how languages change in the minds of bilinguals. I use psycholinguistic as well as traditional methods to investigate bilingual production and comprehension.
My research to date has largely focused on Georgian heritage speakers in the US. I am currently managing the Second Generation Bilinguals Project, led by Gita Martohardjono at the Second Language Acquisition Lab. In my role here, I am overseeing several experiments investigating the language processing of first- and second-generation Spanish-English bilinguals in the US. Methods we use include ERP, pupillometry, and the visual-world paradigm.
Here is an interview I gave about my research Summer 2017 in Georgian: