New paper alert! My former PhD student / post-doc, Chantal van Dijk, and I have just uploaded a new preprint. Here’s the abstract: Bilinguals are often considered to develop shared syntactic representations between their languages. Evidence for shared syntax typically comes from between-language priming studies showing that exposure to a structure in a bilingual’s one […]
Article on DutchNews.nl about heritage language schools
On the occasion of International Mother Language Day, DutchNews.nl published an article about the importance of education in the heritage language. You can read it here. Want to hear more from Gisi Cannizzaro from the Heritage Language Education Network? She was a guest on the Kletsheads podcast last year. You can listen in English here […]
Chantal van Dijk successfully defended her PhD thesis on sentence processing on September 17th
We’ve had our first Phd thesis completed from the 2in1 project. Read all about it here.
Meta-analysis on cross-linguistic influence in bilingual children
Although cross-linguistic influence at the level of morphosyntax is one of the most intensively studied topics in child bilingualism, the circumstances under which it occurs remain unclear. In this meta-analysis, we measured the effect size of cross-linguistic influence and systematically assessed its predictors in 750 simultaneous and early sequential bilingual children in 17 unique language […]
€200,000 for Kletskoppen child language festival
Just before the Christmas holidays, we received the kind of present scientists love to receive at any time of the year, but after the rollercoaster ride that was 2020, this one came as an especially welcome gift: a message saying that Kletskoppen – the child language festival we’ve been organising in Nijmegen for a few […]
Introducing the Kletsheads podcast
I’ve been a keen podcast listener for quite a few years. If I’m completely honest, my listening has mainly been restricted to BBC Radio 4 programmes and their spin-offs, but over the past year or so I’ve spread my podcast wings and started to listen to a wider variety, from the now classic American Serial […]
The 2in1 project is hiring!
At the 2in1 project we’re currently looking for students (or recent graduates) to help with various research projects testing bilingual and monolingual children. In particular, we’re looking for native speakers of Dutch, German and Turkish. We’re also looking for a (Research) Masters student to help out with coding and analysing some sentence repetition data. All […]
Kletskoppen is going on tour!
Kletskoppen is going on tour! On September 29th, we’ll be taking over the central library in The Hague for a special edition of our beloved child language festival. Expect all the usual language science demos and quizzes, and much, much more. I’ll be at the Meet the Expert stand to talk to parents about raising […]
New paper on language use, language proficiency and cognitive control
Josje Verhagen, Elise de Bree and I just heard that our paper “Effects of bilingual language use and language proficiency on 24-month-olds’ cognitive control” has been accepted for publication at the Journal of Cognition and Development. Hurrah! In this paper, which is very much Josje’s work, we show that cognitive control performance in bilingual toddlers […]
Kletskoppen wins Prijs der Humanoria
Just before the summer holidays, the Kletskoppen team was awarded the Faculty of Arts’ Prijs der Humanoria for our child language festival. Here’s me and Kletskoppen coordinator, Pim Franssen, picking up the award (€5000 and this lovely certificate).