Learning a New Language by Utilizing Your First Language: Hawai'i as a Case Study

  • Mitchi (Michelle) Kamigaki-Baron, Linguistics
    Coach House, Green College, UBC

    Monday, November 20, 8-9pm
    in the series
    Green College Resident Members' Series
  • In this talk, Mitchi (Michelle) Kamigaki-Baron will discuss what linguistics research has to say about learning a new language. Surprisingly, the various ways languages are related can make speech processing easier, whether the languages are related socially, contextually or linguistically. Using her own research in the Hawaiian context, she will also describe the various applications of such findings, including how we can learn languages spoken by our parents or grandparents, and ways we can institutionalize support of the revitalization of Indigenous languages. She will also present ways that we can leverage knowledge from languages we already speak when learning a new language.

    Mitchi (Michelle) Kamigaki-Baron is a PhD Candidate in the Linguistics Department at UBC. Her research involves understanding how multilingual speakers systematically store and access language sounds, and how linguistic sound categories are built by learners of a second language. She is involved primarily in two languages spoken in her home community: Pidgin, ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi, and in a First Nations language spoken in British Columbia: Secwepemctsín.



    Each week, the Green College Resident Members’ Series features a different presenter (or presenters) from among the Resident Members of Green College. Graduate students, Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholars offer talks and events on their areas of research or study and, as appropriate, bring in their research colleagues from outside the College. 

    Series Conveners: Michael Carelse, Library and Information Studies; Michelle Kamigaki-Baron, Linguistics; and Ricky, Physics and Astronomy

  • Unless otherwise noted, all of our lectures are free to attend and do not require registration.

November 20th, 2023 from  8:00 PM to  9:00 PM
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