Mapping L2 words into the mental lexicon

Prof. Dr. Gregory Poarch
Mapping novel L2 words into the mental lexicon: Evidence from early L2 learners


Gregory Poarch studied Sports Science (major), English linguistics, and Economics (minors) at the TU Darmstadt (1997-2001). He then went on to pursue a (non-university) degree in Voice and Speech Pedagogy at the Lichtenberger Institute for Applied Physiology of the Voice (2001-2005), after which he conducted his PhD research in Psycholinguistics and Developmental Psychology with Prof. Janet van Hell at the Behavioural Science Institute at Radboud University in the Netherlands.

From 2003 to 2012, he was full-time English lecturer at Goethe University Frankfurt. In 2013, he moved to Toronto, Canada, for a postdoctoral fellowship with Prof. Ellen Bialystok in the Cognitive Development lab at York University. Upon his return in October 2013, he became assistant professor (Junior-Dozent) of Psycholinguistics and Applied Language Studies at the University of Tübingen. Since May 2015, he is assistant professor of English as a Third Language at the University of Münster.

His research areas more generally cover bi- and multilingualism and second and third language acquisition, with a focus on unidirectional and bidirectional cross-language interaction, bilingual word representation and integrating novel words into the mental lexicon of L2 learners, and the development of cognitive control in multilinguals. A newer stream of his research explores emotional word processing across languages and the embodiment of words linked to movement and motor control.

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