Psychology of bilingualism

· Oxford

SRUK Oxford invites all members and friends to a seminar on the psychology of bilingualism. Dr Nayeli González-Gómez and Dr Olivia Afonso, both researchers at Oxford Brookes University, will give an overview of the cognitive processes underlying bilingual language comprehension and production. More specifically, Dr González-Gómez will discuss how spoken language perception develops in bilingual infants and to what extent some of the myths about bilingualism are supported by scientific evidence. On the other hand, Dr Afonso will talk about the factors that affect our ability to become fluent writers in more than one language.

When: Friday, 22nd November 2019, 6.30 pm
Where: The Oxford Retreat pub (1-2 Hythe Bridge, OX1 2EW, Oxford)
As always, this event is free and open to everyone. Join us and spread the word!

About the speakers:

Nayeli Gonzalez-Gomez (Ph.D., Paris V University) is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and research leader of the Oxford Brookes University BabyLab. Her research focuses on understanding the roots of language acquisition, by exploring speech perception in infancy. She is interested in infants’ capacity to learn phonological properties that occur in their native language, the mechanisms by which these native properties are acquired and how prior knowledge about these properties supports later lexical acquisition, such as word segmentation and early word learning in monolinguals and bilinguals.

Olivia Afonso (PhD, Universidad de La Laguna) is a Lecturer in Psychology and leader of the Writing Research Group at Oxford Brookes University. Her research interests concern how children and adults integrate linguistic and motor information during writing. In her investigation, she addresses the processes underlying typical and atypical spelling and handwriting development, with specific interest in the difficulties experienced by individuals with developmental dyslexia. She is also interested in how adults learn to spell in more than one language.