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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 mispronunciation on comprehension.

Outside of my research, I enjoy practicing 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
  • Language Separation

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

Sexist swearing and slurs: Responses to gender-directed insults

Swearing is a part of everyday life for many, but its functions, and the reasons why certain words are deemed “taboo”, may not be …

The effects of Spanish heritage language literacy on English reading for Spanish–English bilingual children in the US

Models of monolingual literacy propose that reading acquisition builds upon children’s semantic, phonological, and orthographic …

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