Adrienne Cruz

Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

Special Education

First Advisor

Audrey Farrugia-Bernard, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Second Advisor

David C. Winters, Ph.D.


In exploring the neuroscience of second language acquisition, this literature review draws on published studies to discuss whether there is a "best" age to acquire a second language based on its impact on brain activity and structures of the brain. This project examines whether an individual's age of second language acquisition makes a significant impact on the brain that would impact other areas of that bilingual individual's life. This project then makes a connection to the topic's relevance in speech-language pathology through issues of referral and identification.

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