UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Linguistics Seminar Talk - Carmit Altman

22 November 2023, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm

Linguistics seminar

Bilingual Narrative intervention

Event Information

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Richard Jardine


Chandler House
2 Wakefield Street
United Kingdom

Bilingual Narrative intervention
The two languages of bilingual children are their most important resources for language development and later on for the acquisition of literacy skills. Yet most research on narrative skills, including narrative intervention studies with bilingual children, focus on a single language, usually the societal language. The current presentation focuses on bilingual narrative performance and the impact of BIlingual NArrative Intervention (BiNARI) in the two languages of bilingual preschool children with typical language development (TLD) and with developmental language disorders (DLD) in an attempt to find ways to assist children in recognizing and using key components of narrative structure. Key components include narrative microstructure skills (word and sentence level) and macrostructure (story grammar) features will be examined in both languages as well as cross-linguistic influence, a unique feature of bilingual language acquisition. The presentation will be focused on children with DLD and TLD in two distinct bilingual populations: English-Hebrew and Russian-Hebrew bilinguals.  The discussion will highlight differences and similarities between bilingual children with TLD and DLD and shed light on how and where cross-linguistic influence may be used to enhance both home language and societal language skills.

This will be an in-person seminar but it will be possible to join online via Zoom.  The joining details are provided below:
Join Zoom Meeting: https://ucl.zoom.us/j/93924987318?pwd=UW1nVHAxK2ZjZnNjMFdJdTJxQkZsdz09
Meeting ID: 939 2498 7318
Passcode: 229290

About the Speaker

Carmit Altman

Head of Child Development at Bar Ilan University

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