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Megan Clare Smith


Megan is a second year Ph.D. student. She earned her B.A. in Linguistics and East Asian Studies at NYU in 2007, and her M.A. in Applied Linguistics at Texas Tech University in 2012.

She is Dr. Bill VanPatten's research assistant.

Her research interests include: the acquistion of L2 Japanese, case-marking, the development of second language mental representations, online language processing, and the L2 acquisition of typologically different languages.


Smith, M. and VanPatten, B. (to appear). Instructed SLA as parameter setting: Evidence from earliest stage learners of Japanese as L2. In Laval, C., Arche, M. and Benatti, A (eds.), The Grammar Dimension in SLA: Theory, Reserach, and Practice. London: Continuum Press.