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Linguist to Share How We Process Foreign Languages

native-like-brain-processesDr. Harriet Wood Bowden, assistant professor of Spanish at the University of Tennessee, will present “It’s not too late: Native-like brain processing of foreign language in university learners” at the next UT Science Forum February 14.

Dr. Bowden will share findings from a study that examined how university foreign language Spanish learners process difference aspects of the language. Results from the study indicate that late learners of a foreign language who studied for several semesters and spend one or two semesters abroad showed substantial native-like brain processing of both lexical and grammatical aspects of Spanish.

The presentation will begin at 12 p.m. in the Thompson Boling Arena Cafe, Rooms C-D. The 40-minute presentation will conclude with a Q & A.

The UT Science Forum, presented by Quest, is free and open to the public.