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

Dr Mariana Vega-Mendoza

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

Before joining the <a href="http://www.meits.org/">MEITS project</a> 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

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

Michela Bonfieni

PhD student in Linguistics, AThEME Project

Michela studies the cognitive and linguistic effects of bilingualism in different multilingual populations. Her research is part of the AThEME Project. As a volunteer for Bilingualism Matters, she writes blogposts and scientific digests, and displays her research at science dissemination events.

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Michela Bonfieni

Michela Bonfieni

PhD student in Linguistics, AThEME Project

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

Simona Perrone

Phd student in Developmental Linguistics
Simona.Perrone@ed.ac.uk

Simona's main project focuses on individual differences in cognition and the acquisition of a second language over the lifespan. She’s currently working with infants but she is interested in cognitive and linguistic developmental milestone at all ages.

As a volunteer with Bilingualism Matters, Simona has been involved in various events and also developing video production within the Centre. She is eager to be involved in new projects in the coming year.

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Simona Perrone

Simona Perrone

Phd student in Developmental Linguistics

Wenjia Cai

PhD candidate in Psycholinguistics
wenjiacai09@gmail.com

<span>Wenjia is studying as a PhD candidate in psycholinguistics, and she is currently working on first language attrition among Chinese-English bilinguals, supervised by Prof. Antonella Sorace, Dr. Andra Martin, and Dr. Patrick Sturt. She is interested in the interactions between language performances and general cognitive functions, such as working memories, and attention controls. </span>

<span>As a volunteer within Bilingualism Matters, she is involved in cataloguing and analysing engagement statistics relating to the Centre to assist with ongoing strategy development.
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Wenjia Cai

Wenjia Cai

PhD candidate in Psycholinguistics

Francesca D'Angelo

PhD student in Linguistics

I am a visiting PhD student in Linguistics, supervised by Professor Sorace. After discussing my Master's thesis in Linguistics and Didactics of Languages at the University of Salerno, I did a traineeship as Italian Language Tutor at Loughborough University. I have been involved in a number of projects all around the UK, sponsored by the British Council, with the aim of promoting the study of Modern Foreign Languages at school and University. Currently, my main research interests deal with bilingualism and Third (or additional) Language Acquisition.

As a volunteer at Bilingualism Matters (Edinburgh branch), I have participated in organising and running several academic and social events to convey the benefits of bilingualism and bilingual education.

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Francesca D'Angelo

Francesca D'Angelo

PhD student in Linguistics

Angelica Balia

PhD student in Linguistics
baliaangelica@gmail.com

&amp;amp;lt;span&amp;amp;gt;I am a PhD student in Linguistics supervised by Prof. Antonella Sorace and Dr. Vicky Chondrogianni. I currently research the cognitive and metalinguistic development of Sardinian bilingual children. Previously, during my MSc in Developmental Linguistics I have researched the benefits of talking to oneself during childhood. I am particularly interested in the relationship between minority languages and early education. &amp;amp;lt;/span&amp;amp;gt;

&amp;amp;lt;span&amp;amp;gt; &amp;amp;lt;/span&amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;lt;span&amp;amp;gt;As a volunteer within Bilingualism Matters, I am part of the Multilingual Library project group, and I have been involved in various events including Explorathon.&amp;amp;lt;/span&amp;amp;gt;

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Angelica Balia

Angelica Balia

PhD student in Linguistics

Celia Fullana Garcia

MSc student in Developmental Linguistics
s1774340@ed.ac.uk

Celia is a MSc student in Developmental Linguistics in the University of Edinburgh. Her main research interests are the developmental and cognitive area of language learning. After being an early bilingual and late multilingual herself, she is interested in what techniques and strategies are more beneficial for children when becoming (or already being) bilinguals/multilinguals. Celia’s experience includes working as a ESL primary teacher in Catalonia, Spain. In addition, she studied in Spain and Germany as part of her undergraduate programme.

Celia’s role as a volunteer in Bilingualism Matters is to research what and how organizations (including BM) provide support to pre-service and in-service primary teachers regarding language teaching, as part of the School Partnerships group.

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Celia Fullana Garcia

Celia Fullana Garcia

MSc student in Developmental Linguistics

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