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Bilingualism Matters LogoBilingualism Matters London is a branch of the research and information centre Bilingualism Matters, which was founded at the University of Edinburgh by Professor Antonella Sorace in 2008.

Bilingualism Matters London was launched on 1 November 2019. Our aim is to bring together academic researchers from London-based higher education institutions, non-academic stakeholders, and members of the public in a collaborative knowledge exchange about bi-/multilingualism, language learning and their benefits.

Our branch and its activities will reinforce the key message that everyone can enjoy the benefits of having more than one language and that decisions taken about bi-/multilingualism and language learning must be informed by scientific evidence.

The branch is a consortium partnership with current members from the Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies at the University of London, the University of Westminster, and University College London Institute of Education. Any institutions from across the London area wishing to join the branch are invited to contact the Institute of Modern Languages Research in the first instance.

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Meet the team at Bilingualism Matters London

Professor Charles Burdett

Professor Charles Burdett

 

Director, Institute of Languages, Cultures and Societies, University of London
Branch Director  

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Professor Roberto Filippi

Dr Roberto Filippi

 

Professor of Psychology, UCL Institute of Education, University College London
Branch Co-Director.

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Dr Julia Hofweber

Julia Hofweber
Dr Julia Hofweber

 

Postdoctoral researcher at UCL Institute of Education

Research interests: the cognitive processes underlying language acquisition and language selection in multilinguals; currently working on a project about implicit learning in sign language

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Dr Petros Karatsareas

Dr Petros Karatsareas

 

Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics, University of Westminster
Branch Co-Director 

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Dr Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga

Dimitra Lazaridou
Dr Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga

 

Affiliated Lecturer, University of Cambridge

Research interests: formal and experimental semantics and pragmatics, psycholinguistics, 1st and 2nd language acquisition 

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Dr Esther de Leeuw

Esther de Leeuw
Dr Esther de Leeuw

 

Reader in Experimental Linguistics and Phonetics, Queen Mary University of London
Research interests: bilingualism, multilingualism, L1 attrition, L2 acquisition, executive control, phonetics, phonology.

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Professor Li Wei

Professor Wei Li

 

Professor in Applied Linguistics, UCL Institute of Education, University College London
Branch Co-Director

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Dr Vally Lytra

Vally Lytra
Dr Vally Lytra

 

Reader in Languages in Education, Centre for Language, Culture and Learning, Goldsmiths, University of London

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Dr Kathleen McCarthy

Kathleen McCarthy
Dr Kathleen McCarthy

 

Lecturer in Linguistics, Queen Mary University of London

Research interests: sequential bilingualism, heritage language acquisition, speech perception and production in infancy and childhood, early literacy skills  

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Professor Chloe Marshall

Chloe Marshall
Professor Chloe Marshall

 

Professor of Psychology, Language and Education at the UCL Institute of Education

Research interests: bimodal-bilingual education for deaf and hearing children, and how hearing adults learn sign languages 

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Prof Yaron Matras

Yaron Matras
Prof Yaron Matras

 

Professor of Linguistics, School of Arts, Languages, and Cultures, University of Manchester

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Dr Giulia Pepe

Giulia Pepe
Dr Giulia Pepe

 

University of Westminster

Researcher in Italian Migration, Socio-Cultural Linguistics, Translanguaging, Multilingualism, Language and Identity

Professor Devyani Sharma

DEvyani Sharma
Professor Devyani Sharma

 

Professor of Sociolinguistics, Queen Mary University of London

Research interests: ociolinguistics, language contact, language change in bilingual settings

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Doctoral Volunteers

Orianna Bairaktari

Orianna Bairaktari

 

UCL Institute of Education

Research interests: bilingualism, cognitive control, language proficiency 

Xuran Han

Xuran Han

 

UCL Institute of Education

Research interests: bilingualism/multilingualism, bilingual language switching, multi-language processing, cognitive control, cognitive reserve 

Christopher Pelz

Christopher Pelz

 

UCL Institute of Education

Research interests: bilingualism, ADHD, second language acquisition 

Alexandra Rappoport

Alexandra Rappoport

 

University of Westminster

Research interests: multillingualism, higher education, translanguaging, speakers of Russian, language and identity

Eleftheria Sofroniou

Eleftheria Sofroniou

 

University of Westminster

Research interests: multilingualism, language and identity, folk dancing and identity, sociocultural linguistics, Greek Cypriot migration