PUBLICATIONS

European Policy Brief (June 2018)

AThEME has published a second European Policy Brief , this time on multilingualism and communicative impairment. Based on AThEME research findings dealing with communicative impairment, this document is intended to present policy-relevant…

European Policy Brief (Mar 2018)

AThEME has published a first European Policy Brief on Regional Minority Languages. Based on AThEME research findings dealing with regional minority languages, this document is intended to present policy-relevant findings to (European)…

Children's early bilingualism and musical training influence prosodic discrimination of sentences in an unknown language (Jan 2018)

What do childhood bilingualism and musical training at an early age have in common when it comes to detecting prosody (i.e. rhythm, intonation and tone)? A new study by AThEME researchers from the University of Nova Gorica and the French National…

Pragmatic abilities in bilinguals: the case of scalar implicatures (Jan 2018)

This article is a collaboration between AThEME partners CNRS-L2C2 (French National Centre for Scientific Research L2C2) and the Center for Cognitive Science of Language at the University of Nova Gorica in Slovenia. The aim of this research…

The Minimal and Short-lived Effects of Minority Language Exposure on the Executive Functions of Frisian-Dutch Bilingual Children (Aug 2017)

Does degree of bilingualism influence executive functioning (i.e. cognitive processes including attention and working memory) in children, and, if so, is this effect sustained over time? That is exactly what researchers from the Fryske Akademy,…

Morphological awareness: Evidence for an advantage of bilingualism in dyslexia (June 2017)

This study, developed by the University of Verona (Italy), in collaboration with the University of Trento (Italy) and the Xiamen University (China), sheds light on the relationship between bilingualism and developmental dyslexia by comparing…

Taking a foreign perspective. Does a foreign accent affect communication? (June 2017)

In this particular study, researchers from Ghent University, the Center for Brain and Cognition at the University Pompeu Fabra and ICREA (Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats) in Barcelona, Spain have examined whether a foreign…

Developing social networks in a nursing home through language (May 2017)

Residents of nursing homes often find it difficult to develop (new) social relationships with other residents, even though these social relationships can contribute to quality of life, life meaning and satisfaction and feelings of belonging.…

On the flexibility of bilingual language control: The importance for bilingual advantage hypotheses (Feb 2017)

One of the advantages of being bi-/multi-lingual is said to connect to the inhibitory control system that one uses to switch from one language to the other. To speak L2, one has to suppress L1. To understand this system better, the study reported…

Word and object recognition during reading acquisition: MEGevidence (Jan 2017)

Studies on adults suggest that reading-induced brain changes might not be limited to linguistic processes. It is still unclear whether these results can be generalized to reading development. The present study shows to which extent neural responses…

Minority languages in language contact situations: three case studies on language change (Nov 2016)

This article is a direct collaboration between three AThEME partners (the University of Verona, the French National Centre for Scientific Research CNRS-IKER and Utrecht University). It consists of three case studies based on three geographic…

Language acquisition and development: Proceedings Generative Approach to Language Acquisition (GALA) 2015

In September 2015, AThEME partner Laboratoire de Linguistique de Nantes (University of Nantes) hosted the 12th Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition conference (GALA 12). As stated in these proceedings: "The conference Generative Approaches…

Children’s development of pragmatic reasoning related to “Maximize presupposition” (Aug 2016)

In this article researchers test the grammatical and pragmatic abilities of earlier bilinguals in comparison with monolinguals. The results show that though bilinguals underperformed in grammatical tests, they outperformed monolinguals in pragmatic…

Bilinguals processing noun morphology: Evidence from Event-related Potentials (Aug 2016)

The aim of this article is to investigate the impact of the linguistic distance on morphological processing in native and non-native speakers. Experimental evidence from Basque-Spanish and Spanish-Basque early and highly proficient bilinguals…

What usage can do: The effect of language dominance on simultaneous bilinguals’ morphosyntactic processing (Feb 2016)

Researchers investigated early bilinguals (bilingual in Spanish and Basque from birth), and tested their processing of Spanish. Though all participants achieved high level proficiency, those who are “Spanish-dominant” due to daily use showed…

Processing changes when listening to foreign-accented speech (June 2015)

This article investigates the mechanisms responsible for fast changes in processing foreign-accented speech. Overall, our results suggest that, despite a lack of improvement in phonetic discrimination, native listeners experience…

State of the Art Report on Grammatical Diversity of Regional Languages (May 2015)

In this report the AThEME partners working on research theme 'Regional Languages' have provided an overview of grammatical diversity in the minority languages and dialects they are investigating. The report offers an overview of language variation…

State of the Art Report on Maintenance of Regional Bilingualism (Feb 2015)

The main objective of the report is to make available, in a single document, a selection of the most important information about the maintenance of regional bilingualism by the different 'Regional Languages' research groups and their language…

Working Paper on Emerging Multiethnic Dialects (Feb 2015)

This state-of-the-art paper discusses new forms of languages that have emerged in multilingual areas of European cities (these new styles are known as multiethnolects). The paper reviews research from the past decade and explores sociological…

AThEME Flyer (2014)

AThEME is a five-year long EU-funded research project, bringing together world-class linguists from all over Europe. Together, they aim to increase our understanding of what it means to speak multiple languages in Europe today.   AThEME…
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