Institutions: McGill University, Department of Psychology
Research interests: Literacy; Bilingualism and multilingualism; Mechanisms of language acquisition, comprehension and production; Mental representation
Fred Genesee’s primary research interests focus on bilingualism and bilingual first language acquisition in normal and impaired populations. In particular, his research examines the early stages of the acquisition of two languages with the view to (a) better understanding this form of language acquisition and (b) ascertaining the neuro-cognitive limits of the child’s innate ability to acquire language. He is also interested in second language acquisition in school and the modalities for effective acquisition in school contexts.