Biligualism

It is estimated that bilingual and bidialectal speakers—individuals who regularly use more than one language or dialect, respectively—make up most of the world population. Thus, understanding how bilingualism and bidialectalism impact cognition has become a topic of central interest for researchers across scientific disciplines, including linguistics, education, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience. This is an overarching topic of our research too.  As part of this work, we aim for a holistic understanding of bilingualism and bidialectalism through their examination from multiple perspectives.  We investigate how bilingualism and bidialectalism affect a range of cognitive skills, including core language (e.g., vocabulary), communication (e.g., the comprehension of non-literal language), and non-verbal cognitive processing (e.g., a set of attention- and memory-related processes known as executive functions). These are examined across development (in children, young and older adults), across countries and sociolinguistic contexts, and at both the cognitive and brain level. We are also interested in how bilingualism and bidialectalism interact with common neurodevelopmental disorders (Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Language Disorder) in affecting cognitive functioning and development.

Ongoing

Autism and Cognition in Bilingual/Bidialectal Speakers. Funded by the Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation (€60,000).

An Investigation of Bidialectalism as a Positive Influence in Cognitive Ageing. Funded by the Cyprus University of Technology through the Postdoctoral internal funding programme (€20,000).

Past

Inside the bi-dialectal mind and brain: An electrophysiological study on executive functions. Funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie individual fellowship from the European Commission (€150,000).

Bilingualism, pragmatics, and cognition in children with autism. Funded by an individual fellowship from the Wiener-Anspach Foundation (€32,108).

Antoniou, K. (accepted). The ups and downs of bilingualism: Α review of event-related potential studies on executive control. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

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Antoniou, K. & Michaelides, O. (to appear). The acquisition and processing of pragmatics in multilinguals and third language learners. In J. Cabrelli, A. Chaouch-Orozco, J. G. Alonso, S. M. Pereira Soares, E. Puig-Mayenco, and J. Rothman (Eds.) The Cambridge Handbook of Third Language Acquisition and Processing. Cambridge University Press.

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Antoniou, K. (to appear). Multilingual Pragmatics. In C. A. Chapelle (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (2nd edition). Oxford: Blackwell/Wiley

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Petinou, K., Antoniou, K. & Cristopoulou, M. (2022). Addressing multicultural and multilingual aspects in the assessment of individuals with ASD. In M. Bortz (Ed.), Global Language Assessment: A Lifespan Approach.

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Duñabeitia, J. A., Baciero, A., Antoniou, K., Antoniou, M., Ataman, E., Baus, C., ... & Pliatsikas, C. (2022). The multilingual picture database. Scientific data, 9, 1-6.

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Antoniou, K. (2022). Multilingual and Bi-dialectal Irony Processing. In Proceedings of the 44th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. New York: Curran Associates, Inc.

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Antoniou, K., & Milaki, E. (2021). Irony comprehension in bidialectal speakers. The Modern Language Journal, 105, 697-719.

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Antoniou, K., Veenstra, A., Kissine, M., & Katsos, N. (2020). How does childhood bilingualism and bi-dialectalism affect the interpretation and processing of different types of implicature? Bilingualism, Language and Cognition, 23, 186-203.

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Antoniou, K. & Spanoudis, G. (2020). An investigation of the multilingual and bi-dialectal advantage in executive control. In Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Virtual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2050-2056). New York: Curran Associates, Inc.

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Antoniou, K. (2019). Multilingual pragmatics: Implicature comprehension in adult L2 learners and multilingual children. In N. Taguchi (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Pragmatics and Second Language Acquisition (pp. 495-510). New York: Routledge.

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Veenstra, A., Antoniou, K., Katsos, N., & Kissine, M. (2018). Resisting attraction: Individual differences in executive control are associated with subject–verb agreement errors in production. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 44, 1242-1253.

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Antoniou, K., Katsos, N. (2017). The effect of childhood multilingualism and bilectalism on implicature understanding. Applied Psycholinguistics, 38, 787-833.

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Antoniou, K., Grohmann, K., Kambanaros, M., & Katsos, N. (2016). The effect of childhood bilectalism and multilingualism on executive control. Cognition, 149, 18-30.

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