WORK PACKAGES AND PROJECTS

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Management and coordination

Work package 1

Lead beneficiary: University of Konstanz

Work package lead: Theo Marinis

Objectives

  • Scientific organization of MultiMind;

  • Coordination of partners and research projects;

  • Regular updates on the project progress;

  • Preparation of the scientific and financial reports;

  • Consolidate main results.

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Language learning, cognition & creativity

Work package 2

Lead beneficiary: University of Geneva

Work package lead: Julie Franck

Objectives

  • To establish whether being bilingual accelerates the acquisition of a third language, of new natural languages and artificial languages, and factors that affect the language acquisition process, e.g. onset, age, environment;

  • To test models of L3 language acquisition whether the typological distance between the learned languages plays a role;

  • To test the impact of different code-switching types on cognition and creativity.

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Language processing and the multilingual brain

Work package 3

Lead beneficiary: Leiden University

Work package lead: Niels Schiller

Objectives

  • To uncover the role of mother-tongue literacy, task, and modality in the way heritage language produce and process language in real-time using behavioral and ERP methods;

  • To address the effect of typological distance in the acquisition/processing of grammatical gender using ERP methods;

  • To examine the role of orthographic transparency on brain structure and connectivity.

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Multilingualism cognition and society

Work package 4

Lead beneficiary: Jagiellonian University

Work package lead: Zofia Wodniecka

Objectives

  • To investigate how language shapes group membership in infancy and early childhood in mono- and multilingual children and how this affects in-group selective learning. 

  • To explore the role of the foreign language on decision making and on mental treatments by promoting the adoption of emotion regulatory strategies.

  • To explore the role of multiligualism on stereotypes, use of social categories, re-categorization of a perceived target person, and prejudice control

  • To compare outcomes for L2 learners living in more (UK) and less (PL) migrant-present settings

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Language impairment in multilingual children

Work package 5

Lead beneficiary: University Milano Bicocca

Work package lead: Maria Teresa Guasti

Objectives

  • To find out phonological and morphological measures that characterize Specific Language Impairment (SLI) in multilingual children

  • To find out language precursors of dyslexia in multilingual children

  • To find out measures to identify dyslexia in each L2 language

  • To examine the protective role of bilingualism on Dyslexia and SLI

  • To determine language specific markers of Dyslexia and SLI in 6 languages

  • To use these markers for developing computerized tests and administer them

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Multilingualism in migration and refugee settings

Work package 6

Lead beneficiary: University of Reading

Work package lead: Federico Faloppa

Objectives

  • Explore language development in children from a migrant and refugee background;

  • Examine the efficacy of traditional and new teaching methodologies for improving L2 acquisition and literacy;

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the educational techniques in different areas of language, depending on whether children are literate or illiterate unaccompanied minor refugees or immigrant children.

  • Collect information about language policies in for migrant and refugee children across Europe;

  • Working with different communities of immigrant children (Chinese, Polish), establish whether supporting the oral use of the L1 and literacy in the L1 of immigrant children improve the oral acquisition and literacy in L2.

Training, oversight and consistency

Work package 7

 Lead beneficiary: University of Tübingen

Work package lead: Tanja Rinker

Objectives

  • ESR recruitment;

  • Coordination of Personal Career Development Plans (PCDPs);

  • Organisation of training schools;

  • Oversight of visits to professional organisations – schools, hospital;

  • Organisation of workshops for training on non-academic employment and dissemination;

  • Oversight of secondments;

  • Oversight of the status/awarding of doctoral degrees.

Dissemination and exploitation

Work package 8

Lead beneficiary: University of Konstanz

Work package lead: Theo Marinis

Objectives

  • Dissemination of main findings to academic audiences at international conferences;

  • Dissemination of findings in top peer-review journals;

  • Dissemination to professional audiences in education, health, business sector, policy makers, and other stakeholders in each of the countries involved through four reports targeting specific audiences;

  • Dissemination of materials for screening and rehabilitation to be shared with professionals in clinical settings;

  • Communication of findings to the general public and public engagement.

Ethics

Work package 9

Lead beneficiary: University of Konstanz

Work package lead: Theo Marinis

Objectives

  • Identifying and addressing ethics issues throughout the duration of the project

  • Rigorous application of ethical standards and guidelines of Horizon2020 

  • Ensure that all projects undergo ethical scrutiny

  • Ensure that procedures for data collection, storage, protection, retention and destruction comply with national and EU legislation

  • Ensure measures are in place to avoid stigmatisation

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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