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C03 - Reference management in bilingual narratives

The project aims to account for patterns of variation in the processing of prominence structures. In particular, we investigate how German–Italian and German–English bilingual children ranging in age from 8 to 12 integrate morphosyntactic and discourse information during narrative reading, by using eye-tracking experiments. Bilinguals may differ from each other in their sensitivity to morphosyntactic or discourse information during discourse processing. Among the factors that contribute to this variation, we explore the role of cross-linguistic influence, differences in bilingual profiles in terms of language and literacy exposure, individual cognitive skills and bilinguals’ ability to share discourse strategies across their two languages.

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Prof. Dr. Christiane Bongartz

Principal Investigator C03

Office: Philosophikum, room 1.007
E-mail: chris.bongartz(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-6209
Web: Prof. Dr. Christiane Bongartz


Prof. Dr. Jacopo Torregrossa

Principal Investigator C03

Office: Goethe University Frankfurt, Institut für Romanische Sprachen und Literaturen, IG 5.155
E-mail: Torregrossa(at)
Phone: (+49) 69 798-32186
Web: Prof. Dr. Jacopo Torregrossa


Vasileia Skrimpa

Doctoral student C03

Office: Luxemburger Str. 299, room 3.06
E-mail: vskrimp1(at)
Phone: (+49) 221 470-89917
Web: Vasileia Skrimpa


Nassiba Bouzardaoui

Student assistant C03

Office: Luxemburger Str. 299
E-mail: nbouzar1(at)
Web: Nassiba Bouzardaoui


To appear

  • Andreou, Maria. To appear. Language and cognitive aspects of child bilingualism: Research observations and classroom applications. Inquiries in Language Learning. Peter Lang.
  • Andreou, Maria, Jacopo Torregrossa & Christiane Bongartz. To appear. The use of null subjects by Greek-Italian bilingual children: Identifying cross-linguistic effects. In G. Fotiadou & I. Tsimpli (eds.), Individual differences in anaphora resolution: Language and cognitive effects. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Torregrossa, Jacopo & Christiane M. Bongartz. To appear. Activation of referents in the bilingual mind. In G. Fotiadou and I. Tsimpli (eds.), Individual differences in anaphora resolution: Language and cognitive effects. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.






  • Andreou, Maria & Ianthi Tsimpli. 2017. Aspectual distinctions in the narratives of bilingual children. International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching 55(3). 305-324. Special Issue: Tense, Aspect and Modality in L2. Guest Editors: K. McManus, N. Vanek, L. Roberts & P. Leclercq. pdf
  • Bongartz, Christiane & Jacopo Torregrossa. 2017. The effects of balanced biliteracy on Greek-German bilingual children's secondary discourse ability. Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. 1-16. pdf
  • Torregrossa, Jacopo. 2017. The role of executive functions in the acquisition of reference: The production of demonstrative pronouns by German monolingual children. In Language Acquisition at the Interfaces: Proceedings of GALA (Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition) 2015, 318-331. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pdf

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