Current projects

The research that is currently being undertaken by CeLM covers many aspects of literacy and multilingualism.

Here is a summary of some of the projects that are currently in progress:

Clinical and Experimental NeuropsychologyDr Aileen Ho

  • Language attrition in Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease
  • Speech impairment in Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease
  • Cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease

Dr Carmel Houston-Price

  • The word-learning strategies available to monolingual and bilingual children, and how the language environment shapes the development of these.
  • Vocabulary development, especially in the context of listening to stories

Professor Doug Saddy

  • Cross-linguistic investigation of polarity processing (English, German, Danish, Dutch, Basque and Spanish)
  • Learning Recursive encodings in artificial grammars
  • Changes in Brain Structures associated with second language learning.

Professor Ianthi Maria Tsimpli

  • Bilingual Acquisition and Bilingual Education: The Development of Linguistic and Cognitive Abilities in Different Types of Bilingualism.
  • Cognition, Literacy and Bilingualism in young Greek-Germans.

Professor Jason Rothman

  • Articulating the Typological Primacy Model
  • ERP/EEG Signatures of Transfer at the Initial Stages of Additive Multilingualism
  • ERP/EEG Signatures of Heritage Speaker MorphoSyntax
  • The Role of Attrition and Related Input Changes in Heritage Speaker Grammatical Outcomes.

Professor Jeanine Treffers-Daller

  • The impact of reading and vocabulary on academic achievement.
  • Vocabulary richness and n-grams in the Pearson test of English Academic
  • Native-like selection in Turkish-German bilinguals

students campus Dr Sarah Brewer

  • Researching the skills required by students at Master’s level: BALEAP (British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes).

Professor Suzanne Graham

  • Professional Development Consortium in MFL.
  • Primary Modern Languages: the impact of teaching approaches on attainment and preparedness for secondary school language learning.
  • Second language listening comprehension in England: from current practice to improved pedagogy.

Professor Theo Marinis

  • Language development, education and assessment of immigrant children in Greece.
  • Primary Modern Languages: the impact of teaching approaches on attainment and preparedness for secondary school language learning.
  • Factors driving adolescents’ second language achievement in Germany.
  • Language Impairment in a Multilingual Society: Linguistic Patterns and the Road to Assessment.
  • Acquisition of adversative discourse relations – but in German, Bulgarian and English as L1.

Dr Clare Wright

  • Academic interactional competence, exploring listening and speaking strategies in L2 English by international students
  • Task effects in assessment of changing oral proficiency in L2 English
  • Effective implementation of TBLT, comparing UK and non-UK language teacher training.
  • L2 Mandarin acquisition of grammatical accuracy and fluency
  • WM effects on low-literate learners of English, children and adults
  • Extensive reading and acquisition of L2 English in low-literate adult learners.