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Lena V. Kremin

PhD Candidate

Concordia University

Biography

I am currently a PhD candidate in Psychology at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

My main research interest is language acquisition in bilingual children, particularly how bilingual infants separate their languages. I’m currently involved in projects investigating parental language mixing, word learning, and the potential effects of code-switching on comprehension.

Outside of my research, I enjoy practicing and teaching yoga, travelling, spending time with my dog, and occassionally knitting.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions relating to my research.

-Lena

Interests

  • Bilingualism
  • Language Acquisition
  • Open Science
  • R

Education

  • PhD in Psychology, 2018 - Present

    Concordia University

  • MA in Linguistics, 2017

    Utrecht University

  • BA in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience & Linguistics, 2015

    University of Michigan

Projects

Do bilinguals have separate linguistic systems?

Studies investigating how languages are represented in the bilingual brain

Parental Code-Switching in Montreal

An investigation into naturally-produced code-switching in the home

Publications

Code-switching in parents’ everyday speech to bilingual infants

Code-switching is a common phenomenon in bilingual communities, but little is known about bilingual parents’ code-switching when …

Why not both? Rethinking categorical and continuous approaches to bilingualism

Bilingualism is a complex construct, and it can be difficult to define and model. This paper proposes that the field of bilingualism …

Recent Talks

Let the Data do the Talking: Optimizing visualizations for transparency and readability

Improving data visualizations in infant research

Montreal parents’ code-switching patterns when speaking to bilingual infants

Code-switching (e.g., “Are you hungry? Est-ce que tu veux une apple?”) is common in bilingual environments and may affect language …

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