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Team Members:

Dr. Maria Andreou

I am a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cologne, participating in the SFB Project 1252 “Prominence in Language”. I am also a research assistant of Prof. Bongartz at the Department of English. I received my PhD from the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics of the School of English Language and Literature of Aristotle University. I am a researcher on the project “Corpus compilation and educational approaches in multilingual settings of Germany and Greece”, an international collaboration that examines the different forms of bilingual education with cognitive and language skills. I also participate as a researcher in COST Action IS0804, which deals with Language Impairment in a Multilingual Society. Since 2016 I have been teaching courses in linguistics at the University of Cologne. My scientific interests include bilingualism and multilingualism, language acquisition, literacy, applied linguistics, narrative development, syntax and communication disorders.

CV and Publications 


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.





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


Sandro Eich (M.A.) - PhD Candidate at the University of St Andrews


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): volker.struckmeier@ruhr-uni-bochum.de

Dr. Eva Knopp (now Radboud University in Nijmegen): e.knopp@let.ru.nl

Dr. Manuela Vida-Mannl (now at TU-Dortmund): manuela.vidamannl@tu-dortmund.de