Judith Kroll is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Language Science at the University of California, Irvine. She completed her undergraduate degree at New York University and graduate degrees at Brandeis University. She held faculty positions at Swarthmore College, Rutgers University, and Mount Holyoke College before joining the Penn State faculty in 1994, and moved her lab to UCR in 2016, and recently to UCI in 2019. The research that she and her students conduct concerns the way that bilinguals juggle the presence of two languages in one mind and brain.
Regulating the Native Language: A Framework for Learning and Speaking Two Languages
The native language of second language (L2) learners changes almost immediately when the two languages begin to interact during early stages of learning. Language performance in proficient bilinguals also reveals these interactions, with the native or dominant language (L1) influenced by the L2. The hypothesis we have been examining is that L2 users acquire the skill to regulate the L1 to enable initial learning and proficient language use. The resulting regulatory skills may ultimately benefit language processing and its cognitive and neural consequences. In this talk, I briefly review the evidence for native language regulation and consider the implications for understanding the cognitive and neural consequences of bilingualism.