European Research Network for Bilingual Studies

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Liz Lanza and Annick De Houwer invited to the ISB9

Elizabeth Lanza and Annick De Houwer have both been invited to speak at a Special Workshop on Early Childhood Bilingualism to be held on Monday June 10 in Singapore...

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Stipends available in Oslo

The Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan at the University of Oslo has announced a number of doctoral and postdoctoral full-time stipends...

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ERBIS members keynote speakers at AILA14

ERBIS members Li Wei and Lourdes Ortega are to be keynote speakers at the next World Congress of Applied Linguistics, AILA14...

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Bilingual children are not behind in vocabulary development

A new study by De Houwer, Bornstein and Putnick at NIH casts serious doubts on an old and persistent myth about young bilingual children being behind in vocabulary development...

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ERBIS is a focus group of bilingualism scholars that draws attention to early bilingual acquisition and development, and the bilingual contexts in which these developments take place. ERBIS also aims to offer opportunities for parents and other educators to gain advice on matters related to early bilingualism. The European Research Network for Bilingual Studies, ERBIS for short, was founded in November 2010. Director and founder of the network is Annick De Houwer, who is Professor of Language Acquisition and Language Teaching at the University of Erfurt and Director of the Language Center there. She is the driving force behind ERBIS, together with Theresia Piszczan, Agnes Groba, Henrike Frye and Lena De Mol. Learn more about the ERBIS members here.

Only bilingual?

While the network is called network for bilingual studies, ERBIS is also interested in the acquisition of more than two languages and the early acquisition of a third or fourth language.


For any information about ERBIS that is not available on the website or specific questions, send an e-mail to

Associate members

ERBIS is proud to have people from all over the world as its associate members. You can find out more about them here.