I am a graduate student at Goethe University interested in various aspects of language acquisition and bilingualism. My dissertation research deals with English-Mandarin bilingual children's acquisition of recursive structures in their two languages, and the extent to which typological similarities influence the acquisition path. Previously, I have also done some work on codemixing, as well as early L2 learners' productions of English consonant clusters.
Presentation at the annual Nominal Modifications RTG Retreat. Download the presentation slides here.
Moderated sessions for the workshop Recursion Across Languages: The Intricacies of Babel.
Completed certificate "Using Python for Research."
Presentation in the Nominal Modifications RTG Colloquium. Download the presentation slides here.
Assisted with several ongoing language acquisition research projects, supervised by Prof. Tom Roeper. Responsibilities include working with children for raw data collection, protocol and task design, data coding/transcription, liaising with local elementary schools, and data analysis.
Worked one-on-one with a Chinese student during their first few months of third grade in the US. Responsibilities included translating for teachers and peers, one-on-one English tutoring, and bridging culture and knowledge gaps.
Spent 40 hours assisting in a Spanish immersion kindergarten, learning about bilingual and early literacy education.
Cared for approximately 20 children enrolled in the after school program. Daily tasks include taking attendance, feeding students a snack, organizing activities, loading some children onto the bus, and providing homework assistance when needed.
Responsible for designing and editing fifty-two chapters of a pedagogical grammar book sponsored by UNESCO-Brazil for speakers of Wapichana, an indigenous language of northern Brazil.
Merritt, Emma J. “The Impact of Codemixing on Language Differentiation in Young Bilinguals.” Entrehojas: Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, vol. 10, no. 1, Apr. 2020, pp. 44-72. Download
Li, Daoxin, et al. “The Acquisition of Recursion in Child Mandarin.” Proceedings of the 44th Boston University Conference on Language Development, Cascadilla Press, 2020. Download
Certifies completion of an online from Harvard dealing with the applications of Python for qualitative and quantitative research. View the certificate here.
Training on ethical practices involving research on human subjects.
Awarded to students whose cumulative GPA was greater than 3.800.
Certification awarded to students who completed at least six semesters of American Sign Language.