School of Business & Management

Division of Education and Linguistics Seminar Series

"A Glimpse into the Study of Language Development "

Tuesday, 27th of January 2015, 15:00 – 16:00 in Room CY108

Dr. Christiana Christodoulou

Abstract:

How do children acquire language? How does the language of children who are diagnosed with a genetic disorder differ from that of children with typical language development? What experimental methods are used to study linguistic development? In this talk we’ll explore what facilitates the production and comprehension of language, how children start learning language and what stages they undergo until they have fully acquired their native language. Additionally, we will get a glimpse of how language between children with typical and atypical language development differs, and how the brain can be studied to record those differences.

Biography:

Dr. Christiana Christodoulou is the principal researcher of a Marie Curie Career Integration Grant project, funded by the European Commission, awarded to her and coordinated by Dr. Kleanthes K. Grohmann. The project examines the linguistic development of Greek Cypriot children diagnosed with Down Syndrome and typically developing children. Additionally, she teaches at the Department of English Studies, University of Cyprus. She also holds a post-doctoral research affiliate position at the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Department of Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 2011.

She holds a Master’s in Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics, and a Doctorate in Linguistics, specializing in Neurolinguistics and Morphosyntax.

For her doctorate studies she was awarded a full 5-year scholarship by the Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Dr. Christodoulou has also been awarded a considerable number of scholarships, awards, and distinctions, including the award of Outstanding Academic Achievement and Community Service by the Canadian Order of American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), District #26, a number of smaller awards, including a Research Award, by the Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, four Tuition Fee Awards by the University of British Columbia, etc. Finally, she has published in international journals and frequently presents her work at international conferences.

Please register your participation with Sonia Mita at: info<a href="mailto:infouclancyprus.ac.cy

Guest Lecture_ Dr Christina Christodou A Glimpse into the Study of Language Development_27JAN.pdf

Guest Lecture_ Dr Christina Christodou A Glimpse into the Study of Language Development_27JAN.pptx

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