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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2020-2022


            
PRESIDENT

Email: raphael.berthele@unifr.ch

RAPHAEL BERTHELE is Professor in multilingualism at the University of Fribourg/Freiburg (Switzerland). He studied in Fribourg and Tübingen and has held different positions as researcher and academic teacher in Fribourg, Berkeley and Berne. He currently directs the MA programmes in multilingualism studies and in foreign language didactics and co-founded the Fribourg Institute of Multilingualism in 2008. His research interests cover different areas from cognitive to social aspects of multilingualism (semantic and constructional convergence in multilinguals, receptive multilingualism, transfer of literacy skills, language learning aptitude, and language policy).

            
PAST PRESIDENT

Email: pilar.safont@uji.es

PILAR SAFONT is Professor in applied linguistics and multilingualism and Vice-rector of languages promotion and equalities at the University Jaume I in Castelló (Spain). Her research focuses on the development of pragmatic competence in learners of English as a third language, the analysis of factors affecting L3 pragmatics and early multilingual pragmatics.  She has carried out various studies on the acquisition and use of specific pragmatic formulas by third language learners of English. She has authored and co-edited a number of volumes on classroom discourse, the acquisition of speech acts, instructional and multilingual pragmatics. She is currently working on the sociopragmatics of academic language development in multilingual learning environments.
 

VICE-PRESIDENT

Email: simone.pfenninger@sbg.ac.at

SIMONE E. PFENNINGER is Associate Professor at the English Department of the University of Salzburg. Her principal research areas are multilingualism, psycholinguistics and variationist SLA, especially in regard to quantitative approaches and statistical methods and techniques for language application in education. Her work is published in several books, edited volumes and in journals such as Second Language Research and the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. Recent books include Beyond Age Effects in Instructional L2 Learning: Revisiting the Age Factor (2017, co-authored, Multilingual Matters), The Changing English Language: Psycholinguistic Perspectives (2017, co-edited, CUP), and Future Research Directions for Applied Linguistics (2017, co-edited, Multilingual Matters). She is co-editor of the Second Language Acquisition book series for Multilingual Matters and statistical advisor to the EuroSLA Studies book series.



SECRETARY


Email: g.j.poarch@rug.nl

GREG POARCH is Assistant Professor at the Department of English Language and Culture of the University of Groningen. He studied in Darmstadt and has held various positions as researcher and lecturer in Frankfurt, Toronto, Tübingen, and Münster. His research interests cover psycholinguistic, cognitive, and social aspects of multilingualism (cross-linguistic interaction and cognitive control in multilinguals, the multilingual mental lexicon, and the implications of societal multilingualism for language education). His son Loïc grew up with three languages (Dutch, English, & German).


TREASURER

Email: nighting@uji.es

RICHARD NIGHTINGALE is Assistant Professor in the Department of English Studies at Universitat Jaume I, where he teaches sociolinguistics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is also co-director of the English Language Teaching and Acquisition in Multilingual Contexts (MELACOM) MA programme. Richard has published research on topics relating to  sociolinguistics, multilingualism, pragmatics, and affective/contextual factors, and has presented his work at numerous international conferences. 

 


MEMBER AT LARGE

Email: a.otwinowska@uw.edu.pl

AGNIESZKA OTWINOWSKA-KASZTELANIC is Associate Professor at the Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw. Her research involves language education, childhood bilingualism and cross-linguistic issues in multilingualism. She currently coordinates a project entitled "Orthographic similarity of words and learner's meta-awareness in acquiring foreign vocabulary" (financed by the Polish National Science Centre). She is a teacher trainer and an author of several course book series for teaching English in Polish schools. Her recent books include a monograph "Cognate vocabulary in language acquisition and use: Attitudes, awareness, activation" (2015, Multilingual Matters) and a volume "Teaching and learning in multilingual contexts: Sociolinguistic and educational perspectives" (co-edited, 2014, Multilingual Matters). She has co-organised three international conferences, including the 7th Conference on Third Language Acquisition and Multilingualism in 2011.

 

MEMBER AT LARGE

Email: p.lorette@uni-mannheim.de

PERNELLE LORETTE is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Department of English Linguistics of the University of Mannheim, Germany. Her primary research area relates to the cross-linguistic and cross-cultural communication of emotions. Her research interests also include sociopragmatics, affective factors in SLA and phonetic aspects of language contact. She teaches introductory and more advanced courses in linguistics and research methods to both BA and MA students.

 


MEMBER AT LARGE - 
CO-OPTED MEMBER (2018 IAM Conference)

Email: jorgepinto@letras.ulisboa.pt

JORGE PINTO  is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Lisbon. His main research interests are on foreign languages didactics and on acquisition of Portuguese as a second or a third language. He's also Co-coordinator of the Portuguese Foreign Language courses at the Faculty and Co-director of the Portuguese Language Centre at the Beijing Foreign Studies University.
 


MEMBER AT LARGE - CO-OPTED MEMBER (2022 IAM Conference)

Email:  stela.letica@gmail.com

STELA LETICA KREVELJ  is Assistant Professor at the English Department, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia.  She  is teaching MA courses on Multilingualism, Bilingualism and Second/Third language acquisition. She has been a collaborator on several  international projects related to psycholinguistic aspects of multilingualism, second / third language acquisition, and methodological and ethical issues in applied linguistics research.



 






Board  Members at large

 


Email: raphael.berthele@unifr.ch

RAPHAEL BERTHELE is Professor of Multilingualism at the Department of Multilingualism at the bilingual University of Fribourg/Freiburg, Switzerland. He is also on the board of directors and a founding member of the Fribourg Institute of Multilingualism. His research interests cover various aspects of multilingual language using and learning, both from a cognitive and a social perspective. His most recent work focuses on the empirical investigation of receptive multilingualism.

 Suzanne Flynn PhD

Email:  sflynn@mit.edu

SUZANNE FLYNN  received her Ph.D. from Cornell University and is Professor of Linguistics and Language Acquisition at MIT. Her research focuses on the acquisition of various aspects of syntax by both children and adults in bilingual, second and third language acquisition contexts. Her work has also focused on the neural representation of the multilingual brain as well as on the phonological and acoustic underpinnings of accent. She is the author/editor of several books as well as the author of many articles published in journals and edited volumes. Most recently, she has begun empirical investigations with children on the autism spectrum and with adults diagnosed with early onset of dementia. She is also the co-editor of the journal Syntax.

 

Email: danuta.gabrys@gmail.com

DANUTA GABRYS-BARKER is a Professor of English at the University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland, where she lectures and supervises M.A. and Ph.D. theses in applied linguistics, psycholinguistics and especially in second language acquisition. She also works as a teacher trainer. Her main areas of interest are multilingualism (especially at the level of mental lexicon and syntax), neurolinguistics and psycholinguistics (modalities, learner profiles and affectivity). As a teacher trainer she lectures on research methods in second language acquisition and TEFL projects. Her major concern is the role of action research in teacher development. Prof Gabryś-Barker has published approximately a hundred articles nationally as well as internationally and a book Aspects of multilingual storage, processing and retrieval, Katowice: University of Silesia Press, 2005. She has edited a volume Morphosyntactic Issues in Second Language Acquisition, Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, 2008. A book Action research in teacher development edited by her was published in 2011 by University of Silesia Press. At the moment her book on Reflectivity in pre-service teacher education is in press and will hopefully come out this year.


Email:hufeisen@spz.tu-darmstadt.de

 BRITTA HUFEISEN is a professor of multilingualism research and applied linguistics at Darmstadt technical university in Germany. Her main research interests are on German as a second foreign language and the writing process in L3. She received her PhD at Kassel university in 1990, held a post-doc position at Kassel university and was an Assistant Professor of German Applied Linguistics at the University of Alberta, Canada, before she returned to Germany, Darmstadt in 1996.

 
Email: mueller-lance@phil.uni-mannheim.de

JOHANNES MÜLLER-LANCE is a professor of linguistics at the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Mannheim (Germany). He holds a degree of High School language teacher (French, Latin) and a PhD of Romance Philology based on a doctoral thesis concerning the development from Latin syntax to modern French. His research interests cover language history, linguistics of the media, and the acquisition of multilingualism. In the last-named field, apart from various articles in journals and edited volumes, he authored Der Wortschatz romanischer Sprachen im Tertiärspracherwerb (2003/2006) and edited, together with Claudia Riehl, Ein Kopf - viele Sprachen (2002). He is an advisory board member of the book series Thema Sprache – Wissenschaft für den Unterricht (editors: Lena Heine & Björn Rothstein) and occasionally advises the education ministries of two German federal states (Baden-Württemberg, Rheinland-Pfalz) with reference to questions concerning language teachers instruction.

 

Board  Members at large

 


Email: raphael.berthele@unifr.ch

RAPHAEL BERTHELE is Professor of Multilingualism at the Department of Multilingualism at the bilingual University of Fribourg/Freiburg, Switzerland. He is also on the board of directors and a founding member of the Fribourg Institute of Multilingualism. His research interests cover various aspects of multilingual language using and learning, both from a cognitive and a social perspective. His most recent work focuses on the empirical investigation of receptive multilingualism.

 Suzanne Flynn PhD

Email:  sflynn@mit.edu

SUZANNE FLYNN  received her Ph.D. from Cornell University and is Professor of Linguistics and Language Acquisition at MIT. Her research focuses on the acquisition of various aspects of syntax by both children and adults in bilingual, second and third language acquisition contexts. Her work has also focused on the neural representation of the multilingual brain as well as on the phonological and acoustic underpinnings of accent. She is the author/editor of several books as well as the author of many articles published in journals and edited volumes. Most recently, she has begun empirical investigations with children on the autism spectrum and with adults diagnosed with early onset of dementia. She is also the co-editor of the journal Syntax.

 

Email: danuta.gabrys@gmail.com

DANUTA GABRYS-BARKER is a Professor of English at the University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland, where she lectures and supervises M.A. and Ph.D. theses in applied linguistics, psycholinguistics and especially in second language acquisition. She also works as a teacher trainer. Her main areas of interest are multilingualism (especially at the level of mental lexicon and syntax), neurolinguistics and psycholinguistics (modalities, learner profiles and affectivity). As a teacher trainer she lectures on research methods in second language acquisition and TEFL projects. Her major concern is the role of action research in teacher development. Prof Gabryś-Barker has published approximately a hundred articles nationally as well as internationally and a book Aspects of multilingual storage, processing and retrieval, Katowice: University of Silesia Press, 2005. She has edited a volume Morphosyntactic Issues in Second Language Acquisition, Clevedon: Multilingual Matters, 2008. A book Action research in teacher development edited by her was published in 2011 by University of Silesia Press. At the moment her book on Reflectivity in pre-service teacher education is in press and will hopefully come out this year.


Email:hufeisen@spz.tu-darmstadt.de

 BRITTA HUFEISEN is a professor of multilingualism research and applied linguistics at Darmstadt technical university in Germany. Her main research interests are on German as a second foreign language and the writing process in L3. She received her PhD at Kassel university in 1990, held a post-doc position at Kassel university and was an Assistant Professor of German Applied Linguistics at the University of Alberta, Canada, before she returned to Germany, Darmstadt in 1996.

 
Email: mueller-lance@phil.uni-mannheim.de

JOHANNES MÜLLER-LANCE is a professor of linguistics at the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Mannheim (Germany). He holds a degree of High School language teacher (French, Latin) and a PhD of Romance Philology based on a doctoral thesis concerning the development from Latin syntax to modern French. His research interests cover language history, linguistics of the media, and the acquisition of multilingualism. In the last-named field, apart from various articles in journals and edited volumes, he authored Der Wortschatz romanischer Sprachen im Tertiärspracherwerb (2003/2006) and edited, together with Claudia Riehl, Ein Kopf - viele Sprachen (2002). He is an advisory board member of the book series Thema Sprache – Wissenschaft für den Unterricht (editors: Lena Heine & Björn Rothstein) and occasionally advises the education ministries of two German federal states (Baden-Württemberg, Rheinland-Pfalz) with reference to questions concerning language teachers instruction.

 

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