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Cognitive and developmental aspects of multilingualism

The goal of our research is to understand and explain the development, representation and processing of multiple languages during the lifespan. We investigate language acquisition and processing in a range of populations, including late second language learners and simultaneous and successive bilingual children, in both instructed and naturalistic settings. Cross-linguistic comparisons include a range of languages (English, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Spanish, and Turkish).
Our group also actively engages in a range of outreach activities, including of course our very own Kletskoppen child language festival.

Donders institute

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Our group involves a direct collaboration between the Centre for Language Studies and the Donders Institute for Brain Cognition and Behaviour.

Projects

Our current projects focus on online bilingual processing in children and adults. With respect to children, we study (early) foreign language learning, cross-linguistic influence, predictive processsing, and language dominance in bilingual acquisition. With respect to adults, we focus on cognate processing, word naming and word translation, sentence comprehension and production, and language switching. A full overview of our projects can be found via the link below.

Jan Willem Chevalking, Ferdy Hubers, Rob Schoonen, Sharon Unsworth, Eva Knopp, Chantal van Dijk, Ton Dijkstra, Sybrine Bultena, Claire Goriot, Elly Koutamanis, Gerrit Jan Kootstra, Jetske Klatter