Bilingualism Matters Centre at Edinburgh

Professor Antonella Sorace

Director; Professor of Developmental Linguistics

Antonella Sorace is Professor of Developmental Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh and a leading authority on language bilingualism and language acquisition across the lifespan.

She is also joint leader for dissemination on the EU funded <a href="http://www.bilingualism-matters.ppls.ed.ac.uk/projects/atheme-advancing-european-multilingual-experience">AThEME project</a> (Advancing the European Multilingual Experience).

Antonella founded Bilingualism Matters as an information service for bilingual families in 2008 and has since overseen its expansion into an international network of branches around Europe and the USA. The Bilingualism Matters Centre at the University of Edinburgh now works alongside schools, adult learners, health practitioners, businesses and local and national governments as well as families in order to help make sure everyone can make informed decisions about language learning.

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Professor Antonella Sorace

Professor Antonella Sorace

Director; Professor of Developmental Linguistics

Dr Vicky Chondrongianni

Deputy Director; Lecturer in Bilingualism

Vicky Chondrogianni is a lecturer in Bilingualism at the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh.

She read Classics and Linguistics at the University of Athens and holds a PhD in Second Language Acquisition from the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on the production and off-line and on-line comprehension of morpho-syntax in typically and language impaired monolingual and bilingual children from a cross-linguistic perspective, investigating languages such as English, Greek, Dutch, Danish, French, German and Welsh.

As Deputy Director of the Bilingualism Matters Centre at the University of Edinburgh, Vicky is leading our work around multilingualism and atypical language development - including autism, Specific Language Impairment, and speech and language difficulties.

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Dr Vicky Chondrongianni

Dr Vicky Chondrongianni

Deputy Director; Lecturer in Bilingualism

Dr Thomas Bak

Deputy Director; Reader in Human Cognitive Neuroscience

Thomas Bak is a Reader in Human Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh, where his research includes the potential benefits of bilingualism on the ageing brain.

He is a member of the Centre for Cognitive Aging and Cognitive Epidemiology (www.ccace.ed.ac.uk), and is also a practicing clinician in cognitive neurology and dementia at the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences (CCBS). Thomas is also President of the Research Group on Aphasia, Dementia and Cognitive Disorders of the World Federation of Neurology​ (WFN RG ADCD).

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Dr Thomas Bak

Dr Thomas Bak

Deputy Director; Reader in Human Cognitive Neuroscience

Katarzyna Przybycien

Research and Outreach Coordinator
Katarzyna.Przybycien@ed.ac.uk

Katarzyna Przybycien is the Research and Outreach Coordinator at the Bilingualism Matters Research and Information Centre.

Kat's role is to support the Centre Director in developing the current range of Centre activities through network development, coordination of partners and supporting the development of key Centre outputs.

Kat's experience includes working on European projects, undertaking project evaluations, and creating and coordinating public engagement with research and a variety of community projects. Having lived and studied in Poland, Spain, and Germany, she has now settled in Scotland with her multilingual family.

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Katarzyna Przybycien

Katarzyna Przybycien

Research and Outreach Coordinator

Christy Brewster

Administrator
christy.brewster@ed.ac.uk

Christy Brewster is responsible for general administration in the Bilingualism Matters Centre at the University of Edinburgh.

She has an MA (Hons) in History from the University of Glasgow, and a CELTA TEFL qualification. She taught English as a foreign language in Argentina for three years, and is part of an English-Spanish bilingual family.

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Christy Brewster

Christy Brewster

Administrator

Dr Martha Robinson

SOFT project coordinator

Martha Robinson has a PhD in Linguistics and a background in teaching Spanish and German to both children and adults.

Martha is currently responsible for running the EU-funded SOFT project (School and Families Together for the Integration of Immigrant Families) in the UK, using narrative format methodology to teach French, Spanish and English in Scottish primary schools and nurseries.

Prior to the SOFT project, Martha was also involved in the EU-funded &quot;Let's Become a Bilingual Family&quot; project, which aimed to encourage parents and children to learn a new language together through stories and activities.

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Dr Martha Robinson

Dr Martha Robinson

SOFT project coordinator

Dr Pavel Iosad

Lecturer in Theoretical Phonology

Pavel Iosad is a lecturer in Theoretical Phonology in the School of Philosophy, psychology and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh.

He has a particular interest in Celtic languages and, since moving to Scotland from his previous post in Northern Ireland, is increasingly working with Scottish Gaelic.

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Dr Pavel Iosad

Dr Pavel Iosad

Lecturer in Theoretical Phonology

Dr Mariana Vega-Mendoza

Postdoctoral Research Associate, MEITS Project
m.vega-mendoza@ed.ac.uk

Before joining the MEITS project as a Research Associate, Mariana was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the MULTAC-Lab at Anglia Ruskin University. Her background is in psycholinguistics and neuropsychology. Mariana’s doctoral work at the University of Edinburgh focused on the effects of bilingualism on cognitive performance and on second-language processing using structural priming and ERPs. Mariana earned an M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics from the Ohio State University, where she also collaborated in aphasia rehabilitation research, and taught Spanish as a second language. In Mexico, Mariana completed a B.A.(Hons) in Psychology (UNAM), a Diploma in Neuropsychology (REAPRENDE-BUAP), and received training on cognitive assessment of patients with brain tumours (INNN).

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Dr Mariana Vega-Mendoza

Dr Mariana Vega-Mendoza

Postdoctoral Research Associate, MEITS Project

Maddie Long

PhD candidate in Linguistics

Maddie Long is studying for a PhD in Linguistics, supervised by Professor Antonella Sorace, Dr Thomas Bak, and Dr Hannah Rohde.

Her research explores the relationship between language and cognition in adults, in particular the effects of second language acquisition on cognitive ageing. Results so far show a positive impact of language learning on mental skills, even in previously monolingual older learners - meaning it is never too late!

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Maddie Long

Maddie Long

PhD candidate in Linguistics

Ermioni Konari

MSc student in Developmental Linguistics

Ermioni Konari is completing her MSc in Developmental Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh.

She obtained an MA in Greek Philology, meaning she is a qualified teacher of Ancient and Modern Greek and Latin. She is particularly interested in bilingual processing, the cognitive effects of bilingualism, and in first language attrition.

Her experience as a teacher of Greek means she is also interested in late bilingualism and second language learning.

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Ermioni Konari

Ermioni Konari

MSc student in Developmental Linguistics

Dr John-Sebastian Schutter

Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages

John-Sebastian Schutter completed a PhD and post-doc in Developmental Linguistics, but his interest in bilingualism is also closely linked to language education.

He is a qualified teacher of English as a second language and is currently based at the English Language Academy in Edinburgh.

John-Sebastian grew up in the Netherlands where everybody needs to learn four languages (usually Dutch, German, English, French) at school for a minimum of three years, and with this experience in mind he is interested to see how the primary school language policy develops in Scotland.

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Dr John-Sebastian Schutter

Dr John-Sebastian Schutter

Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages

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