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Lauren Covey

Assistant Professor, Linguistics

Conrad J. Schmitt Hall
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I'm an Assistant Professor in the Linguistics Department, where I teach undergraduate and graduate classes in introductory linguistics, second language acquisition, as well as cognitive science. Before joining the faculty at Montclair State, I earned my PhD in Linguistics from the University of Kansas.

My research program addresses a fundamental question in the field of linguistics concerning why second language (L2) learning is considerably more difficult for adults than children. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, my work uses cutting-edge experimental techniques from cognitive neuroscience to examine how L2 learners comprehend language in real time. Much of my work additionally examines how individual differences in cognitive abilities impact language processing in both native and non-native speakers. Together with Prof. Howell, I co-direct the Experimental Linguistics Laboratory in Schmitt Hall, room 389.

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