Visiting scholar: Mira Goral
Professor II at MultiLing, Mira Goral (The City University of New York) recently visited MultiLing for two weeks. Goral will lead the research work on multilingual aphasia at MultiLing.
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Mira Goral was hired at Professor II at MultiLing last year as part of the center’s new status as a world-leading research community. At MultiLing, she will lead the research work in the flagship project Studies of Multilingual Aphasia, which she was also a part of developing, together with Hanne Gram Simonsen, Monica Knoph and Marianne Lind at MultiLing.
The Studies of Multilingual Aphasia project officially started with a kick-off seminar on 30 May, where Mira Goral held a talk on aphasia in multilingual speakers. The overarching aim of this project is to understand patterns of language use and recovery in multilingual individuals who acquire aphasia, and as part of the project, MultiLing has recruited two new Postdoctoral Fellows, Ekaterina Kuzmina and Leena Maria Heikkola, who Mira Goral will work closely with in the coming years.
This fall, MultiLing will open our new socio-cognitive lab, and during her stay in Oslo, Goral was also involved in the planning of the lab, which will support and expand the research done at the center.
Goral will also continue to collaborate with other researchers at MultiLing, such as her ongoing collaboration with Monica Knoph. Goral and Knoph also held a talk together at the ISB conference (the International Symposyum on Bilingualism) in Limerick, where many other MultiLingers and collaborators also were present.
Mira Goral will visit MultiLing again in January.
About Mira Goral:
Goral is Professor of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at Lehman College and the Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY). Her areas of research interest include language in bilingual and multilingual speakers, aphasia, language attrition, and language and cognition in aging.