Research Questions and Topics LING 566 Spring 2015 Lujain Alkhazy Comparing the internal structure of the DP in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) and in Quassim Arabic (QA) spoken in the Al-Qassim area. Anna Avetisyan The effects of “extensive” reading in a language on someone’s development of that new language. Raleigh Barrett Looking at the borrowing patterns between Modern Standard Arabic and Kiswahili (using cognates) as an indicator of political and cultural identities. Drew Bennett What are the neurological underpinnings of children’s reading of a logographic writing system— Mandarin precisely? How do they compare to those of children who read in a phonographic writing system. Matt Bolin The role of explicit grammar instruction on a fluency-based classroom Kate Grayson Comparing (to be) selected writing “errors” in English in writing by Japanese and Chinese speakers, respectively—different? or the same? Daniel Guerrero Does bilingual immersion education improve middle-school children’s ability to navigate/solve word problems in mathematics? Gunes Haque The development of spoken language in CODA populations (Children of Deaf Adults) or… Language loss with Alzheimer’s (L1? L2?) Jamie Lee French vs English vowels in language learning (rounding?) Cindy Martinsson Omission of auxiliary have in Swedish, English, and Irish English. Kimzey McGrath The relationship between (predictive power of?) information from language aptitude testing and success with SLA. Sean Saly What are the effects of direct phonetic/articulatory instruction on foreign language learning? Paola Segura Pre-school teachers’ responses to children’s code switching between Spanish and English. Roxanna Trejo How does ambient language in early childhood affect children’s later learning/acquisition of that language? Alysa Valles How do Spanish speakers deal with the /i/ /I/ contrast in English [moving from non-phonemic differences to new contrasts in another language] Mrinalini Watson Language shift and language attrition through an ecolinguistic lens: Marwari, Hindi, and English Lydia Williams Women and language acquisition: what motivates young women to learn a new language?