Michelle Jennifer White

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Visiting address Niels Henrik Abels vei 36 Henrik Wergelands hus 0313 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1102 Blindern 0316 Oslo

Academic interests

My research interests lie in how young children acquire language(s) and what affects this acquisition. My previous research involved exploring language development in conjunction with working memory and executive function. I have more recently gotten involved in developing parental questionnaires that can be used to assess very young children's language development, especially when a child is learning more than one language.


2019 - 2021   Postdoc at the University of Cape Town, Department of Linguistics

2016 - 2018   PhD in Linguistics, Stellenbosch University

2013 - 2015   MSc,  European Master's in Clinical Linguistics (EMCL)

Postdoctoral Research Project

My postdoctoral project sets out to uncover how various socioeconomic status factors affect young children's language acquisition. In particular, we will be looking at young bilingual children from two different countries - Norway and South Africa. This is undertaken in collaboration with the South African CDI project and the PolkaNorski project.


Selected publications

Southwood, F., White, M.J., Brookes, H., Pascoe, M., Ndhambi, M., Yalala, S., Mahura, O., Mössmer, M., Oosthuizen, H., Brink, N., & Alcock, K. (2021). Sociocultural factors affecting vocabulary development in young South African children. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 1645. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.642315

Southwood F., & White, M.J. (2021). Elicited Production of Part/Whole and General/ Specific Articles by Four- to Nine-Year-Old Afrikaans- and South African English-Speaking Monolinguals. Language Matters, 52, 71-91. https://doi.org/10.1080/10228195.2020.1825514

White, M.J. (2020). Phonological working memory and non-verbal complex working memory as predictors of future English outcomes in young ELLs.  International Journal of Bilingualism. https://doi.org/10.1177/1367006920948136

Guasti, M.T., White, M.J., Bianco, G., Arosio, F., Camilleri, B., & Hasson, N. (2020). Exploring two clinical markers for DLD in monolingual Italian speakers: what can they tell us about second language learners with DLD? Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699206.2020.1830303

Southwood, F., & White, M.J. (2020). Fast Mapping Skills in Typically Developing Children from Low and Mid Socioeconomic Backgrounds and Children with Language Impairment. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699206.2020.1839968

Southwood, F., Oosthuizen, H. & the Southern African CDI team. (2020). Afrikaanse taalvariasie: Uitdagings vir regverdige meting van jong kinders se taal. SPiL PLUS, 59, 81-104.

White, M.J. (2019). The development of English proficiency and working memory in 5–6 year old ELLs in their first year of formal education. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. DOI: 10.1080/13670050.2019.1571009

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