New paper on cross-linguistic influence during online processing in bilingual children

In one of the few papers investigating online processing in bilingual children, Chantal Van Dijk, Ton Dijkstra and I found evidence for syntactic co-activation of overlapping structures in the form of inhibition during listening. More specifically, we found that bilingual German-Dutch children were more likely to slow down when processing structures in Dutch which overlapped […]

New paper assessing the validity of the Cross-Linguistic Lexical Task as a measure of bilingual language proficiency

My former intern and research assistant, Elise van Wonderen, and I have a new paper coming out in the Journal of Child Language. In this paper we use the Dutch and Spanish versions of the Crosslinguistic Lexical Task (Haman, Ɓuniewska & Pomiechowska, 2015) to compare the language development of monolingual Dutch-speaking children, monolingual Spanish-speaking children […]

New paper on the impact siblings on the language development of bilingual toddlers

Together with my former MA student, Danai Tsinivits, we just had a paper accepted for a special issue of the journal Applied Psycholinguistics on Capturing and quantifying individual differences in bilingualism. Our study used parental report data to investigate the language development of bilingual toddlers growing up with Greek and Dutch as their two languages […]

New paper showing that bilingual English-Dutch children sometimes accept V2 in English, especially when they have more exposure to Dutch

Jasmijn Bosch (University Milano Bicocca) and I have a new paper on cross-linguistic influence, which has just been accepted for publication in Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism. In this study, we find both quantitative and qualitative differences between bilingual children and their monolingual peers. More specifically, we find that bilingual English-Dutch children accept ungrammatical V2 sentences […]

Paper by Ellen van den Broek accepted for publication

One of my PhD students, Ellen van den Broek, has had her second paper accepted for publication in The Language Learning Journal. It’s about stimulating language awareness in the foreign language classroom and involves a qualitative analysis of teachers’ self-reported practices. Congratulations, Ellen! Here’s the complete reference, DOI to follow once the paper’s online: Broek, […]

Artikel in Tijdschrift Taal over onze animatieclips

Afgelopen jaar hebben Gerrit Jan Kootstra en ik een drietal animatieclips over meertaligheid ontwikkeld voor basisschoolleerlingen en hun leerkrachten. In de laatste editie van Tijdschrift Taal introduceren we in dit artikel deze clips, bespreken we onderliggende wetenschappelijke achtergronden en doen we suggesties voor verwerkingsactiviteiten die bij de animatieclips passen. De clips staan gewoon op YouTube […]