The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.
As babies, we learn our native language seemingly easily, without needing explicit instructions. As adults, we speak it effortlessly, rarely wondering what a feat it is to quickly and fluently pull just the right words from tens of thousands words that we know, string them together just in the right way, and at the same time pay attention to what our conversation partner is telling us. In our lab, we try to understand how the brains of healthy adults and children allows them to turn thoughts into speech, and how brain damage disrupts this process. Our ultimate goal is to develop more effective ways of learning a new language or re-learning of the lost language.