Bilingualism Matters Centre at Edinburgh – Previous Collaborators

Over the years, many people have supported the work of Bilingualism Matters in Edinburgh on a voluntary basis. Here are some of the people who have helped us in the past.

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

Timea Kutasi

Research Assistant, AThEME Project

I am a research assistant in psychology, psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics on the AThEME project at the University of Edinburgh, and also at Heriot-Watt University (on Gaelic-English bilingualism). I investigate: how bilingualism affects our cognitive functions; whether being bilingual leads to a single, shared representation of similar linguistic structures in our minds; how speakers of minority languages perceive themselves and other speakers of the same language and how they use their minority language; and how people adapt their language behaviour when they interact with a monolingual vs. bilingual speaker.

I am also interested in how linguistic and cognitive skills evolve over time and in later life, both in healthy populations and in populations with developmental or acquired language and communication disorders.

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Timea Kutasi

Timea Kutasi

Research Assistant, AThEME Project

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

MSc Dissertation Supervisor at Moray House

John-Sebastian Schutter is assistant professor and assistant course director in EAP at Heriot-Watt University, and also as an MSc dissertation supervisor at Moray House, University of Edinburgh. He 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.

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

MSc Dissertation Supervisor at Moray House

Jennifer Seidel

MSc student in Developmental Linguistics

Jennifer has a BA in Applied Linguistics from Tufts University, where she conducted research focused on narrative development in multicultural preschool classrooms.  She also has a TEFL certification and taught English in Quito, Ecuador, before coming to Edinburgh to continue her education.  She is particularly interested in bilingual development and biliteracy, as well as the interaction of multilingualism with atypical language development.

As a volunteer within Bilingualism Matters, Jennifer is part of our active Refugee Working Group.

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Jennifer Seidel

Jennifer Seidel

MSc student in Developmental Linguistics