Dr Walter van Heuven is an associate professor from University of Nottingham, whose research interests are in the area of monolingual and bilingual language processing, computational models of language processing, and neuroimaging studies of the bilingual brain. His current work investigates word processing in monolinguals and bilinguals (e.g., orthographic and morphological processing, automatic translation), cognitive control in bilinguals, and incidental foreign language acquisition. He is also working on computational models of language processing and cognitive control (e.g., models of bilingual word processing, letter position coding, and Stroop).
Subtitled foreign language films provide a potential rich multimodal environment in which foreign language vocabulary could be acquired. In this talk I will focus on the processing of native and foreign language subtitles and the incidental acquisition of foreign language vocabulary. I will present a series of experiments that used behavioural and eye tracking techniques to investigate the incidental acquisition of foreign language vocabulary using multimodal stimuli. The experiments involved a combination of incidental and explicit learning situations and they focused on different foreign languages as well as the specific role of the written, verbal and pictorial information in the incidental acquisition of foreign language vocabulary.