The ability to speak a second language is highly valuable, and while children seem to do this with relative ease, this task is extremely challenging for adults. A major component of my research programme has been to understand why adults struggle to master a second language. To that end, I have conducted research aiming to understand how adults learn and process a second language, and how these processes differ from learning and processing a native language.
Second Language Acquisition
Shantz, K., Tanner, D. (2019). Electrophysiology finds no inherent delay for grammatical gender retrieval in non-native production. BLC.
Payne, B. R., Ng, S., Shantz, K., Federmeier K. D. (2018). Event-related brain potentials and language: The N's and P's. Forthcoming in The Bilingual Brain Unwrapped.
Shantz, K. (2017). Phrase frequency, proficiency and grammaticality interact in non-native processing: Implications for theories of SLA. SLR.
Shantz, K., Tanner, D. (2016). Are L2 learners pressed for time? Retrieval of grammatical gender information in L2 lexical access. In BUCLD Proceedings.