Mona Roxana Botezatu

Mona Roxana Botezatu
University of Missouri | Mizzou · Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Ph.D.

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Introduction
My research broadly focuses on the cognitive processes underlying word recognition and retrieval in adults, with special interest in how competition from phonology is resolved in the second language and post-stroke aphasia.
Additional affiliations
September 2013 - August 2015
Drexel University
Position
  • PostDoc Position

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Publications (16)
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We investigated whether the features of the second language (L2) matter when we consider the consequence of short-term L2 immersion on performance in the native language (L1). We compared L1 performance in English-speaking learners of a typologically-dissimilar L2-Chinese immersed in Chinese while living in Beijing, China and learners of a typologi...
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In recent years, some studies have started to explore the impact of individual general executive functions (EFs) on bilingual language control. To our knowledge, few studies have systematically examined various components of EFs on different levels of language control in bilinguals. In two experiments, we investigated the effects of two components...
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In the current study, we evaluated behavioral and electrophysiological evidence to determine whether bilinguals differ from monolinguals in the efficiency of response inhibition. Bilinguals and matched monolingual controls performed the flanker task while behavioral and electrophysiological measures were collected. Participants were slower and less...
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We evaluated external and internal sources of variation in second language (L2) and native language (L1) proficiency among college students. One hundred and twelve native-English L2 learners completed measures of L1 and L2 speaking proficiency, working memory and cognitive control and provided self-ratings of language exposure and use. When conside...
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We investigated whether fluent language production is associated with greater skill in resolving lexical competition during spoken word recognition and ignoring irrelevant information in non-linguistic tasks. Native English monolinguals and native English L2 learners, who varied on measures of discourse/verbal fluency and cognitive control, identif...
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The most provocative finding about bilingualism in the last two decades is that both languages are active even when bilinguals intend to use one language alone. When bilinguals hear, read, or speak words in one language, form, or translation, relatives of those words in the other language become momentarily available. The way bilingual speakers neg...
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The dynamic nature of the language system enables bilinguals to transfer reading skills and strategies cross-linguistically. For example, reading in the L1 becomes lexically mediated when a new alphabetic language is learned (Nosarti et al., 2009). We examine word reading in English-dominant heritage speakers of Spanish and English monolinguals to...
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We examine word reading in English-dominant heritage speakers of Spanish and English monolingual controls to investigate whether the ability to speak (but not read) a language with a shallow orthography increases the preference for regular spelling-sound mappings in a deep orthography (i.e., English). Participants varied on measures of language pro...
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Background: Deficits in fluent language production are a hallmark of aphasia and may arise from impairments at different levels in the language system. It has been proposed that difficulty resolving lexical competition contributes to fluency deficits. Aims: The present study tested this hypothesis in a novel way: by examining whether narrative spee...
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A seemingly stable system, the native language, is susceptible to change in the early stages of second language (L2) learning. Reported across language domains (Bice & Kroll, 2015; Chang, 2012; 2013; Marian et al., 2003; Nosarti et al., 2010), changes to native language performance are characterized by a processing cost that slows down first langua...
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We evaluated the impact of second language (L2-Spanish) proficiency on spoken and visual word recognition in the first language (L1-English). English learners of Spanish (N=24) who were immersed in an English-speaking environment and varied on multiple indices of Spanish proficiency identified spoken English words presented in noise that varied in...
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The study evaluated the impact of production fluency in a second language (L2-Spanish) on spoken word recognition in the first language (L1-English) in learners who have not been immersed in an L2-speaking environment. English learners of Spanish (N=24) who varied on multiple indices of Spanish fluency and English monolingual controls (N=19) perfor...
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We evaluated whether proficiency in a language with a shallow orthography (i.e., Spanish) changes the degree of transparency in spelling-sound mappings expected in a deep orthography (i.e., English). English-Spanish (N=26) and Spanish-English (N=24) bilinguals and English monolingual controls (N=19) named regular/consistent (e.g., GATE) and irregul...
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The present study examined how differences in onset (cohort) and offset (rhyme) neighborhood density influence the types of spoken word recognition errors made by listeners. Simulations of the TRACE model were used to derive preliminary predictions. Younger (N=15) and older (N=15) adults identified spoken words presented in moderate noise. Particip...
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English monolinguals and highly proficient, but first language (L1)-dominant, Spanish-English and Chinese-English bilinguals made rhyme judgments of visually presented English word pairs while behavioral and EEG measures were being recorded. Two types of conditions were considered: rhyming and nonrhyming pairs that were orthographically dissimilar...
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Background: There are at least three distinct accounts of fluency deficits in aphasia. The traditional view is that fluency deficits are specific to language production. The reduced lexical activation theory proposes that non-fluent language production in aphasia is a consequence of reduced overall activation of the lexicon, making it difficult for...

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Question
I am interested in measuring expressive and receptive vocabulary in English and Spanish in Spanish-English and English-Spanish bilinguals. I am considering the PPVT/EVT measures for English. I have also considered the ROWPVT-4 and EOWPVT-4 Spanish Bilingual kits, but I would not want to administer the same materials twice (once in English and once in Spanish). Suggestions of alternative options would be appreciated. 

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Identify early markers of change in English spoken and visual word recognition in adult learners of an L2.