Associate members

ERBIS is proud to have Marc Bornstein, Solveig Chilla, Madalena Cruz-Ferreira, Lourdes Ortega, Aneta Pavlenko, Sharon Unsworth and Antje Wilton as its associate members. For a quick link to any specific associate member, just click on the name in blue.

Marc Bornstein

National Institute of Health (NIH), Child and Family Research, U.S.A. mb

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Solveig Chilla

University of Erfurt, Germany sc

Solveig Chilla, PhD, is Assistant Professor for Language and Communication Disorders and the Development of Language Proficiency at the University of Erfurt in Germany. Her research interests are manifold, but are currently concentrated on child second language acquisition and language disorders in bilingual and multilingual children. Recently, Professor Chilla published a German book on multilingual acquisition with Monika Rothweiler and Ezel Babur. Dr. Chilla has specific expertise in the early acquisition of German by children who are learning Turkish as their first language. She is multilingual in German, English, and Swedish.

For Professor Chilla's full CV, please click here. For a list of her publications, please click here.

Connections past and present: Dr. Chilla and Dr. De Houwer met at scientific conferences and knew of each other's work before it so happened that both were working at the University of Erfurt, be it at different faculties. At the University of Erfurt, they are both part of the research group Sprachbeherrschung. The fact that they are both interested in very similar things offered a unique opportunity for making plans for a joint research project that is in preparation. Professor Chilla spoke at the first symposium organized by ERBIS on May 6, 2011.

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Madalena Cruz-Ferreira

Singapore mcf

Madalena Cruz-Ferreira (website here) is an Independent Scholar with a long-standing interest in multilingualism and bilingual and multilingual acquisition. Her 2006 book Three is a crowd? Acquiring Portuguese in a trilingual environment published with Multilingual Matters is the only detailed study so far of prosodic development in bilinguals in the first year of life. Dr. Cruz-Ferreira's book contains a wealth of additional insights about bilingual and later multilingual developments.

Since 2006, Dr. Cruz-Ferreira has published several additional books. News of these and much more can be found on her multilingualism blog. The American Speech and Hearing Association recently published another blog by Dr. Cruz-Ferreira. Dr. Cruz-Ferreira is multilingual and has raised trilingual children. She commutes between Singapore, Sweden and Portugal.

Connections past and present: Dr. Cruz-Ferreira and Dr. De Houwer have been aware of each other's work for years. In her 2009 book, Dr. De Houwer heavily relied on Dr. Cruz-Ferreira's work for the chapter on early bilingual phonological development. In 2008, Madalena and Annick were both invited speakers for a Special Panel on Childhood Multilingualism: International Perspectives at the Conference on Bilingual Acquisition in Early Childhood organized at The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2008. Dr. De Houwer wrote a chapter for a 2010 book on Multilingual Norms that Dr. Cruz-Ferreira edited.

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Lourdes Ortega

Georgetown University, Washington D.C., U.S.A. lo

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Or have a look at Lourdes Ortega, Department of Linguistics, Georgetown University.

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Aneta Pavlenko

Temple University, Philadelphia PA, U.S.A. ap

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Sharon Unsworth

Utrecht University, the Netherlands su

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Antje Wilton

University of Siegen, Germany aw

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