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Funded Research Projects

2017 - present

SFB 1252 (PI with Jacopo Torregrossa)
Prominence in Language - C3 Reference management in bilingual narratives

Prominence is a key notion in our understanding of language as a flexible system. It plays a major role in building linguistic structures and in organizing the communicated information into coherent and continually updated discourse representations. The overall goal of the CRC Prominence in Language is to shed light on the nature of linguistic prominence.

Funded by DFG

2013 - 2017

Dynamic Structuring in Language and Communication: Prominence in Language

A dynamic view of language as a new area of expertise will be developed which promises to shed light on concepts that have so far escaped a coherent treatment in linguistics.

Funded by DFG

2014 - 2015Project "Educational Approaches to Multilingualism - a cross-cultural comparison"
Funded by University of Cologne and University of Thessaloniki
2012 - 2015

BALED (Researcher in residence)
Bilingual Acquisition & Bilingual Language Education

The main aim of the proposed project is to include the factors of monolingual / bilingual education and type of bilingualism in the detailed investigation of the interaction between linguistic and cognitive abilities. The project seeks to identify potential correlations among (i) types of bilingualism, (ii) types of education (mono- or bi-literacy), (iii) aspects of language knowledge and processing and (iv) cognitive abilities. The outcome of the study will shed light on the nature of the cognitive and linguistic interaction in different types of bilingualism and the effects of literacy development on this interaction.

Funded by the Greek Ministry of Education

2011 - 2013

Cognition, Literacy and Bilingualism in young Greek-German Bilinguals

CoLiBi is an international research collaboration that will investigate the effects of different types of bilingualism and educational setting on cognitive functions and language competence in young Greek-Germans in Germany and Greece.

Funded by IKYDA

2011 - 2013TESA
Trilingualer, elementarer Spracherwerb und Alphabetisierung
Funded by Erasmus gGmbH
2010 - 2012


‌International, on-line teacher training and development to improve the educational outcomes for immigrant adults without formal schooling.

Funded by the European Commission

2007 - 2011

PAGES - "Adult Low Literacy Development"
Projekt Alphabetisierung und Grundbildung für Erwachsene im Sozialraum

PAGES is a research project concerned with adult literacy skills. It focuses on the development of literacy skills in adult learners who have German as their first language as well as in adult learners with an immigrant background who have German as their second language.

Funded by BMBF

2006 - 2007LILA
Language Immersion: Language and Assessment
Funded by Stiftung Evangelische Jugendhilfe St. Johannis
2005 - 2012

Initiative for Bilingual Studies

IBIS is a joint project in which the English Department and Department of History cooperate. It aims at connecting the University of Cologne with secondary schools to improve bilingual teacher-training. In addition, the project team conducts SOPA tests and develops teaching materials for the bilingual history classroom.

Funded by Robert Bosch Stiftung

2007 - present

Cyprus English: Data Analysis and Research

CEDAR is a corpus containing L2 English language data currently being collected on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. The corpus forms the basis of a dissertation project investigating the variety status of L2 English spoken on Cyprus. The overall aim of the project is to place English on Cyprus within the broader framework of World Englishes.

Funded by DAAD (travel)

2003 - present

Annotated Language Immersion Corpus / Emergence

ALIC/E is a corpus containing language immersion data in German, English, French, Italian, Greek and Japanese. Data is used for child language acquisition research as well as for teacher trainings and for the implementation of integrative language support programs in multi-national schools.

Funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Magnet Grant