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Zhuo (Cindy) Chen

Cindy2PhD Student/Research Assistant

Zhuo (Cindy) Chen is a Ph.D student in Linguistics at the Graduate Center of CUNY. Her main interest is semantics. She has worked on the Null Subject Project, evaluating different hypotheses in explaining English monolingual children’s production of null subject utterances using computational analyses of language corpora.


Dorota Botwina

Master’s Student/Research Assistant

Dorota Botwina is completing an MA degree in general psychology at the Graduate Center.  Her research interests include second language acquisition and bilingualism. Her MA project investigates ego depletion and its effect on cognitive flexibility among monolinguals and bilinguals.

Nancy Eng

Associate Professor

Nancy Eng is an Associate Professor at Hunter College in the Department of Communication Sciences. She is a licensed speech/language pathologist who has worked almost exclusively with bilingual (Chinese/English) speakers presenting with a wide range of language and communication disorders. Her research interests include the translation skills in typically developing bilingual children; the impairment of translation abilities following brain injury; the manifestation of language impairment in speakers of Chinese; reading and reading disabilities in bi-script readers; acquisition of lexical tone in typical and atypical speakers of Chinese.

Lidiya Tornyova

Graduate student

Lidiya Tornyova is pursuing a doctoral degree in the Linguistics Program at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Her primary interest is the acquisition of syntax. Lidiya is currently conducting an elicited imitation study of the production of wh- and yes/no questions by 2-year-old English-speaking children, for her dissertation which focuses on young children’s acquisition of questions in English and Bulgarian.

Frances Blanchette

Frances Blanchette is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Linguistics program at the Graduate Center. She is interested in the acquisition of syntax and semantics in monolinguals and bilinguals. Her current projects include an elicited repetition study of the verb ‘be’ in Spanish and English, and a study of multiple negation in English varieties. She has a B.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in Bilingual Education and TESOL. Prior to enrolling at CUNY she worked for the New York City Department of Education as a Dual Language teacher.

Lucia Pozzan


Lucia Pozzan received her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the Graduate Center in 2011, and was a Research Assistant at LARC from 2007 until then. Lucia is currently a post-doc at the Language Development and Language Processing Lab at University of Pennsylvania http://www.ircs.upenn.edu/~truesweb/people.html

April Humphrey


April Humphrey received a B.A. in Psychology from Vassar College and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Psychology at Hunter College. She is interested in early childhood development in general, including cognitive, emotional and social development in the first few years of life. Her current research investigates the link between bilingualism and cognitive flexibility.