Gita Martohardjono’s research focuses on the development of syntax, semantics and phonology in adult second language acquisition and bilingualism. Her projects investigate the acquisition of gap structures, such as wh-questions, relative clauses, control structures and null pronouns in bilingual adults and children from a cross-linguistic perspective. In the area of semantics, her research investigates the acquisition of temporal and aspectual markers by child and adult bilinguals. In phonology, her work centers on the role of L1 phonotactics as a potential source of interference in L2 acquisition. A variety of languages have been examined, including Italian, Spanish, Indonesian, Chinese, Korean and Japanese. Recent projects investigate non-standard varieties of Italian and Spanish, as spoken by “heritage” speakers, and include the use of electrophysiology (ERP). A second research area is the development of literacy in emergent bilinguals. Since 2004, she has conducted research on immigrant students with low literacy in the native language, and has been a leader in the construction of academic language and literacy assessments benefiting this population. She is currently PI on several externally funded projects creating multilingual, online assessments for use in NY public schools.
Lab Manager/Project Manager
Ian Phillips is a doctoral candidate in the Linguistics Program at CUNY Graduate Center. His research interests include second language acquisition, multilingualism, sentence processing, learnability theory, and new roles for technology in education. Ian is currently serving as the SLA Lab Manager, as well as Project Manager for the Second-Generation Bilinguals Project. He collaborated on design and content development for the LENS assessment and is leading the development and implementation of SGBP experimental measures. Ian is also a Digital Fellow at the Graduate Center and a adjunct lecturer at City College and Hunter College. His dissertation investigates the role of cross-linguistic priming in driving change in the home languages of bilingual communities in the U.S., utilizing ERP to measure bilinguals’ sensitivity to cross-linguistic syntactic priming for different sentence structures Spanish and English.
|Christen N Madsen II
Data Analyst & Project Manager
Christen N Madsen II is a data analyst and project manager for NYC DOE-commissioned Mandarin Chinese Academic Native Language Supports (ChANLS), and for NYC DOE and NYSED-commissioned multilingual literacy, math, and listening assessements. He is a Linguistics Ph.D. candidate in the SLA lab, CUNY Graduate Center and has an M.A. in Applied Linguistics with an emphasis in TESOL. Christen’s current research is on the syntax-semantic knowledge of Spanish heritage speakers in the U.S. using eyetracking measures with aurally-presented stimuli, and statistical analysis and design of data from neurological, behavioral, corpus, ocular, and survey-based experiments.
Sumeng Guo is a Research Assistant in the SLA Lab, and she works on the LENS project of Mandarin LENS. She is an undergraduate student at Hunter College and majoring in Chinese Literature and minoring in Asian American Studies. She also works as a Chinese tutor at Hunter College and LaGuardia Community College. Sumeng plans to be a Mandarin teacher at a New York City public school in the future.
|Jennifer Chard Hamano
Jennifer Chard Hamano is the Assistant to the Directors of RISLUS. She is currently working on a dissertation examining the comprehension skills of Chinese-English bilingual preschool children in Mandarin and English. Jennifer has worked on both the Multilingual Literacy Diagnostic and the Second-Generation Bilinguals Project at the SLA Lab. In addition to teaching several CUNY classes on bilingualism and second language acquisition, Jennifer regularly presents professional development workshops on cultural and linguistic diversity to education professionals.
Pamela Franciotti is a PhD student in the Linguistics Program at The Graduate Center and a research assistant at the SLA Lab. Her research interests mainly focus on second language acquisition and bilingualism, syntax and comparative syntax. Pamela holds a BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures and a MA in Linguistics, both from the University of Siena, Italy. For her MA research project, she investigated the acquisition of passives in Italian as a second language, in both comprehension and production. Before joining The Graduate Center, Pamela worked as a teaching assistant of Italian at Vassar College and as a teacher of Italian for asylum seekers in Italy.
|Matthew G. Stuck
Matthew Stuck is a Research Assistant in the SLA Lab and PhD student in the Linguistics Program at The Graduate Center. He is currently assisting in editing texts for the Multilingual Literacy Development project, and is also involved in ongoing research on the Second-Generation Bilinguals Project. His research interests are broadly tied to the study of second language acquisition, and he is particularly interested in investigating how the variationist sociolinguistics framework can be applied to both interlanguage and endangered languages. He has performed research on the variable realization of embedded clauses among L2 speakers of English. He holds a BA in Linguistics from the University of Washington and an MA from NYU Steinhardt. Before joining CUNY, he was an adjunct lecturer of ESL with programs in America and abroad.
Lianye Zhu is a Research Assistant on the ChANLS project at the SLA Lab. Her research interests lie in Chinese Wu language families, second language acquisition, and bilingualism. Lianye received BA focusing on English from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and MA TESOL from Michigan State University. Currently Lianye is teaching Introduction to Linguistics at Lehman College.
Michael Stern is a Master’s student in the Linguistics Department at the CUNY Graduate Center. His interests include multilingualism, variation, contact and change, language ideology and endangered languages. He holds a BA in Social Thought and Political Economy with a minor in Arabic from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Previously, he has taught ESL in South Korea, and conducted sociological research in Jordan examining social identity and perceptions of activism among university students.
Qi Zhang is a Research Assistant in the SLA lab and currently works on the ChANLS project. She is a first year MA student at the Linguistics program and has earned her first MA degree in the field of Applied Linguistics. Her research interests are centered around issues on semantics and syntax.
Michael Madden is the webmaster in the SLA lab and currently works on all the SLAL internal websites. He is a level II PhD student in the Linguistics program. His research interests are centered around sarcasm, pragmatic ambiguity resolution, phonology, NLP and SLA.