Michelle White - A North-South perspective on socialisation practices and SES in bilingual language learning
Michelle has an MSc from the European Masters in Clinical Linguistics (University of Groningen) and a PhD from Stellenbosch University. Since obtaining her PhD she has worked as a postdoc for the University of Cape Town, forming part of a team adapting child language assessments into six South African languages. Michelle will be starting as a postdoc at MultiLing later this year.
Michelle will give the talk in English.
In this presentation, she will discuss her proposed postdoctoral research project, which will commence at MultiLing later this year. Children from low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds often have lower language skills and perform more poorly than their peers on language tasks, Researchers assume that SES affects the quantity and quality of input that a child receives, but input is also affected by socialisation practices and bilingualism. Most studies researching the impact of these factors on language outcomes emerge from the global North, but will we get similar findings among bilingual children in the global South?