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Team Members:

Vasileia Skrimpa (M.A, M.A)

I am a doctoral candidate in the SFB Project 1252 “Prominence in Language” in the project "C03 - Referenzstrategien in bilingualen Geschichten" and a research assistant at the chair for English Studies and Multilingualism for Prof. Bongartz. I participate as a researcher in the project “Corpus compilation and educational approaches in multilingual settings of Germany and Greece”, an international research project that explores language teaching approaches in multilingual environments and creates a network cluster between participating institutions of higher education in order to facilitate bilingualism and biliteracy. I hold a Master's degree in "Neurolinguistics" from the University of Cologne and a Master's degree in "Higher Education Research and Development" from the University of Kassel, after graduating from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with a B.A. in "Greek Philology". My research interests include neurolinguistics, bilingualism and biliteracy, neurodegenerative and language disorders, neurocognitive mechanisms in atypical populations, Theory of Mind and cognition, syntax and anaphora resolution.


Nassiba Bouzardaoui

I am a student and research assistant for Prof. Bongartz. I am interested in multilingualism and sociolinguistics. Coming from a multilingual and multicultural background plus living in a time where language diversity is higher than ever, I have never thought of languages as separate systems. Sometimes, I find it difficult to translate a term without losing its meaning. In multilingual societies meaning can be transferred by switching between languages and be able to address the thoughts better.

In my work with Prof. Bongartz I explore the value of languages in multilingual societies such as in the high Atlas mountain. My focus lies on acknowledging language as an extended tool that provides us with a better understanding of the world and its society. At the moment, Prof. Bongartz and I are working on our publication on Ait Ben Haddou and multilingual language learning.


Tom Woudstra

I am in the teachers education program (English, Dutch and Social Sciences) and the newest team member. As a person who himself grew up in a bilingual family, I am very interested in bilingualism, bilingual school settings and encouraging multilingual learning surroundings . Since my school time I participate in language projects for refugees and try to actively improve their language repertoire.


Sandro Eich - PhD Candidate at University of St Andrews: (advising and exam support during WS 2021/22)


PD Dr. Volker Struckmeier:


Prof. Dr. Maria Andreou - University of Peloponnese 


Natalia Nannou (M.A, M.Sc) - PhD Candidate at the University of Cologne


Prof. Dr. Jacopo Torregrossa - Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main


Prof. Dr. Theo Marinis - Universität Konstanz


Prof. Dr. Petra Hendriks - University of Groningen


Former Team Members:


PD Dr. Volker Struckmeier (now at Ruhr-Universität-Bochum):

Dr. Eva Knopp (now Radboud University in Nijmegen):

Dr. Manuela Vida-Mannl (now at TU-Dortmund):