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The University of Iowa Second Language Acquisition Lab is now located in Phillips Hall, Suite 653 at the University of Iowa.

Research in our lab primarily focuses on understanding non-primary language acquisition (second (L2), third (L3) or additional (Ln) language acquisition) in adulthood. Mainly, our research looks at adult learner’s ability to acquire new target syntactic, semantic and pragmatic knowledge.

We also conduct research on childhood primary language (L1) acquisition and bilingualism, especially concerning the competence outcomes of so-called “heritage speakers”. We use a variety of experimental techniques to determine grammatical competence at various levels of linguistic development.

We conduct many collaborative projects with researchers from other US, European and South American institutions.

Our various research projects are made possible through grants from the National Science Foundation, the Arts and Humanities Initiative and International Programs and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa.

If you are interested in participating in one of our studies or coming to study in our lab, please contact Dr. Roumyana Slabakova

To learn more about our research program and current projects, please visit our research section.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Fall 2011

Roumyana Slabakova will be a visiting fellow in the LASLAB (Language and Speech Lab). She also received a received an Ikerbasque fellowship from the Basque government.

Roumyana Slabakova is a plenary speaker at SLRF 2011and at the Japan SLA Association Annual meeting (Bunkyo University, June 11-12)

Spring 2011

UIOWA SLA lab graduate students presenting at GASLA 2011: Jacee Cho, Mike Iverson, Tania Leal-Méndez, Roumyana Slabakova.

Roumyana Slabakova is a speaker at AAAL 2011.

FALL 2010

UIOWA SLA Lab members will be presenting at:

BU (2010):Gonzalo Campos, Mike Iverson, Tania Leal Méndez, Roumyana Slabakova. GALANA (2010) : Travis Hasley and Tania Leal Méndez, EUROSLA (2010): Gonzalo Campos, Roumyana Slabakova, Romance Turn 4: Gonzalo Campos, Roumyana Slabakova, SLRF (2010): Tania Leal Méndez, Hispanic Linguistics (2010): Paula Kempchinsky--Congratulations guys!

June 2010

Roumyana Slabakova is an invited speaker at the Workshop on Applied Generative Second Language Acquisition Research (University of York, UK)

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June 2010

Made possible by the generous grant support of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, we co-hosted with MIT a week long seminar on L3 Acquisition: Developing a Research Base between June 7th and the 11th.

Invited speakers include Kees De Bot, David Singleton, Maria Polinsky, Aneta Pavlenko, Judith Kroll, Camilla Bardel, Yvla Falk, Jean Marc Dewaele, Ulrike Jessner, María del Pilar García Mayo, Cristina Lundqvist and Roumyana Slabakova.

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May 2010

On May 13-14, Roumyana Slabakova will give a talk on Generative Perspectives to SLA at the International Seminar: Multiple Perspectives on Second Language Acquisition (Vitoria, Spain).

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March 2010

Roumyana Slabakova is an invited speaker at the workshop organized by the Temporality: Typology and Acquisition (Temptypac) group of CNRS, Paris, France.

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March 2010

Jaqueline Toribio is an invited speaker to the University of Iowa. The tittle of her talk is "Cómo hablamos los dominicanos: reconciling the structural with the social

February 2010

Jason Rothman and Roumyana Slabakova edit a new journal published by John Benjamins: Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism.

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February 2010

Robert DeKeyser (University of Maryland) was an invited speaker to the FLARE Forum lecture The Limits of (Research on) Implicit L2 Learning. Dr. DeKeyser also imparted a worhsop entitled Age Effects in Second Language Learning: Where Do We Go From Here?

November 2009

UIOWA SLA lab graduate students presenting at BUCLD 34: Ivan Ivanov and Tiffany Judy. Congratulations guys!

October 2009
UIOWA SLA lab graduate students presenting at SLRF 2009: Jacee Cho, Gonzalo Campos, Tania Leal-Méndez, Tiffany Judy, Mike Iverson, Sarah Dow, Erica Brockage, Travis Hasley, Jordan Garrett, Vera Grabitzky--Congratulations guys!

October 2009
Professor María Luisa Zubizarreta (USC) gives invited lecture on the syntax-prosodic interface in L2 acquisition.

September 2009
UIOWA SLA lab graduate students presenting at GALA 2009: Mike Iverson