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Dr. Lauren Covey is assistant professor in the Linguistics Department, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in introductory linguistics, second language acquisition, as well as cognitive science. Before joining the faculty at Montclair State, she earned a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Kansas.

Dr. Covey's research program addresses a fundamental question in the field of linguistics concerning why second language (L2) learning is considerably more difficult for adults than children. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, her work uses cutting-edge experimental techniques from cognitive neuroscience to examine how L2 learners comprehend language in real time. Much of Dr. Covey's work additionally examines how individual differences in cognitive abilities impact language processing in both native and non-native speakers. She co-directs the Experimental Linguistics Laboratory at Montclair State.

Research interests

Dr. Covey's research examines sentence processing in both native speakers and adult second language (L2) learners, with a focus on the processing of long-distance syntactic dependencies. She uses psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic methods to investigate language processing, including electroencephalography (EEG). Much of her work additionally examines how individual differences in cognitive abilities impact native and L2 processing.

Scholarly Interests

Cognitive neuroscience approach to second language acquisition, and utilizing psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic techniques to examine how native speakers and second language learners process sentences in real time.

Teaching

Undergraduate and graduate classes in introductory linguistics, second language acquisition, as well as cognitive science.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

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