Daniela Susana Ávila-Varela

ESR7: The emergence of language as a social group marker

Lead beneficiary: University Pompeu Fabra

Main supervisor: N. Sebastian Galles

About me:

I grow up in Santiago del Estero in the north of Argentina. However, I completed my studies of Psychology in 2012 and the master's studies in Psychology of Health in 2013 at the Universidad de Granada in Spain. My next destination was Germany, wherein 2015, I started my PhD in the Department of Psychology of Language in the Georg-August University in Göttingen. Currently, I am working as a researcher in training at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.

In my PhD, I am studying the role of phonological and semantic features of words on word recognition and word learning in infancy. In addition, I am interested in observing the influence that individual differences based on receptive and expressive vocabulary may have on the online process of word recognition and word learning on the first’s years of life.

In the context of the MultiMind project, I will explore how to grow in a plurilingual environment influence infant´s social membership identification, and how these two variables affect infant´s individual performance on word learning tasks. To achieve such a goal, I will carry out a series of studies, where the infant´s languages exposure, language use and word learning under different linguistics environments will be measured. After the phase of data collection and analysis, I hope that the results would provide useful insights about linguistics interventions that may boost language learning in plurilingual children, which, consequently, will contribute to their better social adaptation and personal wellbeing.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska Curie grant agreement No 765556.

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