Grazia Di Pisa

ESR4: Language processing in heritage speakers: effects of literacy, task, and modality

Lead beneficiary: University of Konstanz

Main supervisor: T. Marinis

About me:

After a BA in Applied languages and a MA in Linguistics at the University of Palermo (IT), I became interested in language disorders and education and I did a 1-year MA in Neuroscience and Second Language Acquisition alway at the University of Palermo. This MA was more education oriented and I wanted to do something more research oriented and this is how I arrived at Radboud Univeristy/Donders in Nijmegen (NL) where I started a 2-year Research Master in Cognitive Neuroscience, Language and Communication Track. During the master I became acquainted with different neuroimaging techniques. In particular, I was involved in projects using EEG and fMRI in adults, but I also had the opportunity to assist to different behavioral as well as eye-tracking experiments. Moreover, I gained some experience in designing experiments, using different software for stimuli preparation and presentation, for data acquisition and data analysis, and I learnt how to write and express my ideas in academia, such as writing papers, giving presentations and preparing posters. Always passionate about languages, second language acquisition, education and disseminating science, I found the MultiMind Project really interesting because it could be a way to combine all these interests and doing research at the same time. My project will investigate how adult heritage speakers of Italian living in Germany process number and gender agreement violations using EEG compared to monolingual controls

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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