June 24, 2019 — Accepted for talk at BUCLD
I will be giving a talk at the 44th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (November 7–10, 2019) on the effect of language mixing through book reading on word learning in young bilinguals.
Below is the short abstract for my talk, hope to see you there!
The effect of code switching on bilingual five-year-olds
Most bilingual parents report regularly code switching—alternating between languages—when speaking to their child (Byers-Heinlein, 2013). Greater frequency of code switching predicts smaller vocabularies and slower word recognition in toddlers (Byers-Heinlein et al., 2017; Potter et al., 2019), raising the possibility that code switching could impair children’s word-learning processes (Byers-Heinlein, 2013)—a hypothesis we tested in this study. We taught French-English bilingual 5-year-olds (n = 67) novel words in both of their languages via a shared storybook reading task, manipulating code switching frequency. We predicted that children would learn more words in the single-switch condition (1 switch) than in the frequent-switch condition (31 switches). Surprisingly, children showed strong and equal learning regardless of the frequency of code switching. These results demonstrate that bilingual children are adept word learners even when faced with code switching, and that young bilinguals are flexible in acquiring vocabulary in a variety of bilingual contexts.
April 30, 2019 — SSHRC & FRQSC Funding
I am so happy to have received a Canada Graduate Scholarship–Master’s Program ($17 500) from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada AND the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture Master’s Research Scholarship ($35 000, first year will be declined).
What a great start to this M.A.— let the research begin!
March 23, 2019 — SQRP Talk
I presented my first conference talk— in French! — entitled "La lecture partagée auprès des enfants bilingues de cinq ans: Une comparaison de deux formats de livres" ("Shared book reading with bilingual 5-year-olds: A comparison of two book formats") at the Société Québécoise pour la Recherche en Psychologie (SQRP). This invited talk was part of a symposium entitled "Études en psycholinguistique : quand la psychologie rencontre le langage" ("Studies in psycholinguistics: When psychology meets language"). Find my slides here.
March 8, 2019 — Admittance to Research and Clinical Training
February 9, 2019 — CRDH Conference Lab Photo (link to poster)
It was great seeing the lab so well represented at the CRDH Conference, including some undergrads for whom this was their first poster presentation!
I successfully presented Can't Find Bilingual Participants? How Facebook Sponsored Posts Can Help ; find the poster here.
Pictured (left to right): Nicholas Salama-Siroishka, Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez Barrero, Esther Schott, Beatrice Necsa, Meghan Mastroberardino, Maria Tamayo, Elizabeth Di Flumeri and Nathalie Germain. Not pictured: Lena V. Kremin, Stephanie Côté.
January 23, 2019 — The Concordia Infant Research Lab Goes Green
Lately, I've been thinking a lot about ways to make our lab greener. We switched our paper towels for cloth towels, and I brought a compost bin to the lab that now sits in our kitchen area (we're lucky to have bigger compost bins in certain locations at Concordia where I can empty it). I'm currently thinking of ways to reduce our paper usage, perhaps by first tackling the paper back-ups of electronically-completed questionnaires.
If you have any suggestions to help our lab go greener, I'm eager to hear them!