L2 Acquisition

What is the meaning of ‘the’? Native speakers cannot explain the meaning of determiners but they use them competently in every sentence. Appropriate usage of determiners in language is subtle and is a complex issue. Learning the underlying mental processes of how determiners are used is important in furthering the understanding of language acquisition. In this project, we study the various factors that influence article usage in L2 learners.

To the right is a picture from the Aresty Symposium 2011.

From left to right, Mihir Sarwade, Professor Viviane Deprez, Jerome Chen, and Shirley Huang.