PhD University of Texas at Austin, French Linguistics MA, University of Texas at Austin, French Linguistics BA, Rice University, Linguistics and French
If you’re going to expose curious high school students to Latin and French at the same time you’d better watch out, because if they’re anything like me, they’ll be hooked on languages and linguistics for life. While the historical development of Latin into French is what originally drew me into the linguistics fold, my current areas of research are psycholinguistics and second language acquisition. Recently, I have conducted behavioral and electrophysiological (ERP) studies of French speakers looking at information structure (that is, the way speakers emphasize and de-emphasize parts of their speech). I am also interested in usage-based models of language use and acquisition.
In preparation: Reichle, Robert V. and David Birdsong. “Processing focus structure in L1 and L2 French: ERP evidence for proficiency effects.”
In press: “Judgments of information structure in L2 French: Nativelike performance and the critical period hypothesis.” International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching.
“The critical period hypothesis: Evidence from information structural processing in French.” In Proceedings from the 19th International Conference on Foreign/Second Language Acquisition. Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters.
Lambrecht, Knud, Julia Bordeaux and Robert Reichle. “Cognitive constraints on assertion scope: The case of spoken French parce que.” In New Perspectives on Romance Linguistics: Vol. I: Morphology, Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics. Nishida, C. and J.P.Y. Montreuil (eds.). 143-154. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 2006.