Rena Helms-Park (Ph.D., University of Toronto) is an Associate Professor of Linguistics in the Centre of French and Linguistics. She holds a graduate appointment in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology, University of Toronto St. George.
Her research centres on lexical acquisition; more specifically, her work examines the interaction between the L1 and L2 lexicons. Her current projects with research associates include: cognate processing, including cross-script cognate recognition, in languages like Romanian, Ukrainian, Hindi, and English; lexical testing for heritage speakers of Inuktitut; lexical acquisition among children with cochlear implants; and the facilitation of L2 lexical acquisition through music.
Areas of Research: second language acquisition; monolingual and bilingual child language acquisition; lexical acquisition; cross-linguistic transfer; psycholinguistics of reading; electronic literacy