Lucia Pozzan

Postdoctoral Fellow

Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, University of Pennsylvania

3401 Walnut Street, Suite 400A
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6228

Phone: 215.898.0327

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I received my Ph.D. in Linguistics from the CUNY Graduate Center in September 2011.

Currently, I am a post-doctoral fellow at IRCS working with Lila Gleitman and John Trueswell.

My research investigates the mental representations and processes that underlie the capacity in humans to acquire a first or a second language.

Some of the central questions that guide my research are:

·         What is hard and what is easy for language learners? To what extent and why?

·         What kind of linguistic cues do language learners privilege, and why?

·         Are L1 and L2 acquisition mechanisms and representations fundamentally different, or is there set of core, shared mechanisms that guide and constrain learners’ grammatical development, regardless of age of acquisition and the influence of other languages?

·         What is the interplay between language processing, language acquisition and general cognitive factors, such as memory and executive functions?