Child Development

This strand of our research focuses on topics related to language acquisition, non-verbal cognitive development, the cognitive factors that underpin language development and processing in children; and the effects of speaking more than one language (bilingualism) or dialect (bidialectalism) on language and non-verbal cognition in neurotypical children and children with neurodevelopmental disorders. We are particularly interested in (a) pragmatic knowledge and performance, the use and interpretation of language or non-verbal behaviors (e.g., gaze direction) in context so people can communicate and understand intentions or intended meanings; (b) executive functions, a set of attention- and memory-related processes that regulate cognition and behavior in line with internal goals and current context; and (c) aspects of core language such as vocabulary knowledge and the production of grammatical subject-verb agreement. These are examined and compared in multilingual, bidialectal, and monolingual children of different ages (5-12 years) who grow up in different countries and sociolinguistic contexts (e.g., Cyprus, Greece, Belgium, the Netherlands), speak a variety of languages (e.g., Greek, Dutch, French); and who are neurotypical or with a neurodevelopmental disorder (specifically, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Language Disorder). We also investigate how non-verbal cognition (particularly, executive functions) may affect children’s language, pragmatic development and processing.  

Ongoing

Autism and Cognition in Bilingual/Bidialectal Speakers. Funded by the Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation (€60,000). Coordinator: Dr Kyriakos Antoniou. In collaboration with Prof. Kakia Petinou.

Past

Bilingualism, pragmatics, and cognition in children with autism. Funded by an individual fellowship from the Wiener-Anspach Foundation (€32,108). Individual postdoctoral fellow: Dr Kyriakos Antoniou. Supervisor: Prof. Mikhail Kissine.

The impact of bilingualism and bi-dialectalism on linguistic and cognitive development (BiBi project). Funded by the Wiener-Anspach Foundation and Isaac Newton Trust (€250,000). Coordinators: Profs. Napoleon Katsos and Mikhail Kissine. Postdoctoral research associates: Drs Kyriakos Antoniou and Alma Veenstra.

The cognitive foundations of pragmatic development (€3000). Funded by the EURO-XPRAG Network, European Science Foundation. Coordinator: Dr Kyriakos Antoniou. In collaboration with Profs. Maria Kambanaros, Kleanthes Grohmann and Napoleon Katsos.

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 LanguageAcquisition 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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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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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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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. (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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