Language learners often use native language strategies when processing the language they are learning. The present project aims to determine to what extent such transfer is affected by second language proficiency, the language environment, and a person’s ability to suppress irrelevant information. A long¬-term research collaboration will be initiated between the University of Utrecht and the University of Florida (USA) to assess these issues in different language populations, using behavioral and electrophysiological techniques. Results of this project will yield insight into how multiple languages are represented and processed in the mind/brain, and may impact foreign language education
Experimental research on first language (grammar) interference in second language sentence processing.