Our team

 
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Alma Veenstra is a post-doctoral researcher at the Université libre de Bruxelles. She studied linguistics and psychology in Groningen (the Netherlands) and obtained her PhD in psycholinguistics in Nijmegen (the Netherlands). She is interested in language acquisition, bilingualism, and the relationship between cognitive and linguistic skills. Alma is the contact person for schools and parents, and can be found in the participating schools to conduct the testing.

Marlein Rusch is a Master student in linguistics at the Université libre de Bruxelles. She previously studied sociology in Brussels (Belgium) and is now working on her thesis project for the linguistics master. She is interested in the relationship between social background and cognitive and linguistic skills. Marlein will be assisting with the testing in schools.

Kyriakos Antoniou is curently a FWA post-doctoral researcher at the Université libre de Bruxelles. He studied linguistics in Athens (Greece), London, and Cambridge (UK). He recently obtained his PhD in applied linguistics in Cambridge. Kyriakos is interested in how bilingualism and bi-dialectalism affects cognitive and linguistic development and the development of pragmatic-communicative skills.

Napoleon Katsos is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Applied and Theoretical Linguistics at the University of Cambridge. He studied linguistics in Athens (Greece) and obtained his PhD in applied linguistics in Cambridge (UK). He is interested in semantics and pragmatics, language acquisition, and bilingualism. Napoleon is one of the senior researchers in the BiBi-project.

Mikhail Kissine is professor of Linguistics at the Université libre de Bruxelles. He studied linguistics in Brussels (Belgium) and Cambridge (UK). He obtained his PhD in linguistics in Brussels and is interested in semantics and pragmatics, and typical and a-typical language acquisition. Mikhail is one of the senior researchers in the BiBi-project.

Dalila Dewaele is a Master student in Clinical Psychology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Her interests are children and adolescents’ wellbeing and the impact of bilingualism. She speaks no less than five languages fluently and will be assisting with testing in the Belgian schools.