Sharon Unsworth talks about linguistic input in bilingual development
Post by Michela Bonfieni
Last week, the Linguistic Circle at the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (PPLS) at the University of Edinburgh hosted a talk by Sharon Unsworth, Associate Professor of Second Language Acquisition at the Radboud University, the Netherlands. Born in Lancashire, Unsworth completed her PhD in Utrecht with a dissertation on the differences between adults and children in language acquisition. Aside from teaching, she is now the head of a research project exploring the cognitive and developmental aspects of multilingualism.
Sharon Unsworth’s research is aimed investigating which factors contribute to the successful acquisition of two or more languages in childhood. In particular, she studies aspects of how children are exposed to the languages they use, how they use these languages, and the influence of the social contexts where these languages are used. In the past years, her research has helped progress the idea that the amount of input that children receive in their languages is important for their language proficiency. Currently, Unsworth is focusing on a new question: apart from quantity, what about the quality of input? [Read more…]