Developmental Language Disorders in Multilingual children
RESEARCH IN MORE DETAIL
Is Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) a domain-specific impairment or the outcome of the damage in domain-general cognitive mechanisms? Which are the linguistics markers proposed to identify the DLD? Is DLD a delay in the language onset or it is manifested as dissociation of different language components? This are of research is looking at language profiles in children with DLD, with an emphasis on the investigations of the mechanisms beyond grammatical learning and an interest in how to differentiate multilingual children and children with developmental language disorder.
Dr Maria Vender
Maria is a Research Associate at Verona University working on Bilingualism and language disorders. Together we are now writing a book on the Bilingual Brain!
Prof Maria Teresa Guasti
Teresa is Professor of Developmental Linguistics at Milano Bicocca. She is an expert in language acquisition in atypical acquisition as well as linguistic theory in various domains.
Prof Antonella Sorace
Antonella is Professor of Developmental Linguistics at The University of Edinburgh.
Her research brings together linguistics, experimental psychology and cognitive science. She is the Director of Bilingualism Matters.
Garraffa, M., Vender, M., Sorace, A. & Guasti, M. T. (2019). Is it possible to differentiate multilingual children and children with developmental language disorder? Languages, Society and Policy. http://www.meits.org/policy-papers/paper/is-it-possible-to-differentiate-multilingual-children-and-children-with-dld
Vender, M., Guasti, M.T., Garraffa, M. & Sorace, A. (2016). How early L2 children perform on Italian clinical markers of SLI: a study of clitic production and non-word repetition. Clinical linguistics and phonetics, 30 (2), 150-169.
Vender, M., Guasti, M.T., Garraffa, M. & Sorace, A. (2014). Bilingualism and Specific Language Impairment: Similarities and Differences. In C. Contemori and L. Dal Pozzo (eds.), Inquiries into Linguistic Theory and Language Acquisition. Papers offered to Adriana Belletti. 217-228. Siena, CISCL Press. ISBN 9788890794322
2017 Bilingualism and language impairment: from knowing to doing. CPD Department of Clinical Speech and Language Studies, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, 2nd November
2017 “Communication disorders in migrants and refugees”: “Identifying SLI in child second language learners” (with M. Vender, A. Sorace and T. Guasti). June, Limerick, ISB 11.