DLD is characterized by a delay in the correct acquisition of language in absence of any other cause or disorder that could explain such delay. Besides that, individuals with DLD can develop adjustment problems at socioemotional, behavioral and scholar level due to the linguistic difficulties they experience in their daily life. The research team I+DEL … Continue reading "Family as a protective factor against possible maladjustment that may derive from Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)"
The Economist, one of the most internationally prestigious weekly journal, and The Local, a digital newspaper aimed at English speakers who reside in Spain, publish two articles on the benefits of being bilingual. Both journalistic houses, taking the publications of the research team I+DEL from the Balearic Islands University (UIB) as reference, reflect on the … Continue reading "English digital press diffuses the results obtained by the research group I+DEL"
Little by little is a didactic collection of twenty-one tales that, throughout different stories, intends to accompany children in the learning process of reading. The author, Ramón Bassa i Martín, organizes the content in such a manner that as difficulty progressively increases the learning of children is reinforced, and the different graphical symbols of the … Continue reading "English translation of “Little by little”, a collection of progressive reading tales"
The I+DEL group at the UIB publishes three studies on the relationship between bilingualism and cognition During the past decades, several studies have found evidences that support the concept labeled ‘bilingual advantage’. This concept refers to the supposed benefits that speaking two languages in daily life can have on the cognitive abilities needed in order … Continue reading "Voluntarily switching between languages is good for the brain"
The research group I+DEL, from the Balearic Islands University, publishes an article on the implications of a conceptual shift that has taken place on language disorders in childhood. This article, published in Llengua, Societat i Comunicació , a scientific magazine of the University of Barcelona, goes through the evolution of the concept before called Specific … Continue reading "From a static to a dynamic point of view on language difficulties: implications of a conceptual shift"
Emotions have the capacity to guide our own behaviour, thought and vision of things. Depending on the context, but also on the emotional regulation capacities of an individual, emotions can be helpful or problematic in a given situation. Thus, emotional experience can be beneficial if it is adequate for the context where it emerges, and … Continue reading "Translation, adaptation and validation to Spanish of an emotional regulation questionnaire for children and adolescents: ERQ-CA."
PhD. Eva Aguilar Mediavilla and PhD. Alfonso Igualada Pérez edit the book “Dificultades del lenguaje en los trastornos del desarrollo” which compiles within three volumes the current knowledge on the different disorders that are associated in a secondary or comorbid way to a language disorder, as well as the specifications for its evaluation and treatment. … Continue reading "We present three volumes on the language difficulties that may accompany different developmental disorders."
The members of the I+DEL research group Eva Aguilar Mediavilla, Lucía Buil Legaz and Víctor Sánchez Azanza publish an article in the academic journal Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics on the speech profile of 6 years old children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). Their study analysed the phonology, at both the productive and perceptive level, of … Continue reading "Study on the speech profile of bilingual Spanish-Catalan children with developmental language disorder."
We present a manual edited by Eva Aguilar, Lucía Buil, Raül López, Víctor Sánchez and Daniel Adrover, all members of the I+DEL research group, and published by the renowned editorial John Benjamins. In this book we find the results of studies, carried out with children speaking romance languages, on the four main causes of atypical … Continue reading "And what about romance languages? Atypical language development in languages coming from latin."
The I+DEL research group of the Balearic Islands University (UIB) conducts an investigation on the academic performance of bilingual children with specific language disorder and how to improve it. The UIB journal dedicates a section to the study. You can read the article here.
PhD. Eva Aguilar writes a chapter on oral language difficulties which is included in the manual “Evaluación Neuropsicológica del Lenguaje”. Within this manual every chapter is dedicated to a specific aspect of language (oral and written language comprehension and production, prosody, pragmatics…) and the theoretical models on them coming from cognitive psychology. Thus, in every … Continue reading "Manual on the neuropsychological evaluation of language."
In I+DEL we have created a new infographic that shows clearly what DLD is. To download the image in PDF format click here.
The University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) have created a commitment with Agenda 2030. The OCDS, office in charge of solidarity and cooperation, next to Campus vice Rectorate, Cooperation and Healthy University summoned the Agenda 2030 awards for the Social Transformation and Sustainable Human Development for Final Degree Projects and Final Master Projects of official studies … Continue reading "Agenda 2030 awards for Social Transformation and Sustainable Human Development for Final Degree Projects and Final Master Projects"
An article was published in the Diario de Mallorca and Diario de Ibiza written by Eva Aguilar, senior lecturer at the Balearic Islands University and I+DEL member. This article explains how children feel when suffering from SLI, letting us think about the experience we have when we try to communicate with other people that does not speak the same … Continue reading "“Foreigners in their own language”, an article by Eva Aguilar for Diario de Mallorca and Diario de Ibiza"
Ramón Bassa, emeritus senior lecturer retires from his professional life this year 2018, after 50 years dedicated to teaching. Ramón was a teacher since 1968, he graduated in Philosophy and Letters (Pedagogy Section) by the University of Barcelona in 1975, and obtained his PhD in Educational Sciences by the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) … Continue reading "Thank you for everything, Ramón!"
From I+DEL we have created a new specialization centred on Audition and Language. This new course emerges with the general aim of educating new specialists in this area. Currently, many centres are in need of such professionals so that they can properly attend to the educational needs of all alumni in a normalized way. Students … Continue reading "New UIB titulation: University Specialist on Audition and Language (30 ECTS)"
During these past three years some I+DEL members have participated in a series of cooperation projects with Effetah, a school for boys and girls with hearing deficit. These projects have been sponsored by the Office for Development Cooperation & Solidarity from the University of Balearic Islands and the Cooperation Directorate-General from the Balearic Islands Government. … Continue reading "I+DEL cooperates with Effetah, a center for kids with hearing deficit in Tangier (Morocco)"
I+DEL group has just published a new article along with the Biological department from the University of the Balearic Islands. In this last study, Eva Aguilar-Mediavila with Antonia Font-Jordà, Antoni Gamundí, and Maria Cristina Nicolau Llobera have found evidence about the positive use of the D2:D4 digital index as a biological indicator for the SLI. … Continue reading "The D2:D4 digital index is used as a biological indicator for Specific Language Disorders"
An interview talking about SLI (Specific Language Impairment), pretty unknown among the society. This disorder cause learning difficulties and school failure. One of the members interviewed is Assumpció Sansó, ATELBA’s president. ATELBA is an association that gathers parents with kids affected by SLI in the Balearic Islands. The other person interviewed is Eva Aguilar, PhD … Continue reading "Interview with Eva Aguilar & Assumpció Sansó (ATELBA) in ‘A vivir que son dos días Baleares’ (Cadena Ser) talking about the SLI reality"
It is known that executive control is divided into three separable processes or components: update of contents in memory, change or alternation and inhibition of irrelevant information. However, executive control in older people has been less explored and the structure of the three components or executive functions of Miyake et al. (2000) has not been … Continue reading "A latent variable approach to executive control in healthy aging"
Daniel Adrover Roig PhD has published an article in Diari Ara Balears talking about the university professor role in the 21st century.
The study was carried out with the objective of exploring the joint influence of age and cognitive control on the behavioral and electrophysiological indicators connected to the change of task in different sample types. Thus, the sample was divided into two groups of people of middle age (49-60 years) and older (61-80 years), according to … Continue reading "Age and cognitive control preservation modulate the neuronal markers of task switching"
The study focused on bilingual aphasia and, specifically, in the case of JZ. The case of JZ refers to a bilingual person (Basque-Spanish) of 53 years who, after a hematoma in the basal ganglia of the left hemisphere, presented executive deficits and aphasia, characterized by damaged processing of the mother language or L1, the Basque. … Continue reading "Dominant language deterioration after selective damage in left-hemispheric basal ganglia"
Bilingualism has been associated with a successful cognitive aging. Thus, research has shown how bilingualism provides cognitive advantages. Among these cognitive advantages, we can find an improvement in the control of interference (aspect related to a better selective attention) and a delay in the appearance of signs of dementia. However, there is no firm confirmation … Continue reading "Interference control in elderly bilinguals: appearances can be misleading"
The bilingual advantage in tasks of interference control at the visual space level has been studied with the Simon task, among others. Based on the results of several existing studies, the literature on bilingual advantage has given rise to several contradictions. A work and a previous investigation carried out by our team showed an equivalent … Continue reading "The bilingual brain is more efficient at the response level when dealing with interference"
Specific Language Impairment (SLI), also called Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), consists of an alteration or delay in the receptive and/or expressive development of oral language. It affects both the acquisition and development of this since its beginning, manifesting significant difficulties and cognitive, communicative and social consequences. In addition, SLI is manifested without the presence of … Continue reading "Specific Language Impairment (SLI) or Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)"
This study explores the publication trends in relation to the well-known advantage of bilingualism in the last 10 years. The bilingual advantage refers to the results where it is found that bilingual people have better abilities than monolingual people. Thus, with the use of different bibliometric indexes, it was seen that, until 2013, the works … Continue reading "Is bilingualism losing its advantage? A bibliometric approach"
Children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) have an alteration or a delay in the development of oral language and, thus, show linguistic difficulties. Nevertheless, SLI shows up without cognitive and auditory deficits, neurological damage or socio-emotional deprivation. Notwithstanding, previous studies have shown that children with SLI show some cognitive and literacy problems. In this way, … Continue reading "Preschool processing skills provide reading results in bilingual Spanish-Catalan children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI)"
This study evaluated the reading abilities between 8 and 12 years in bilingual Catalan-Spanish children with Specific Language Impairment. The difficulties of oral language of these children at preschool age can affect the subsequent acquisition of reading. The results showed that, in effect, these children had problems of decoding and reading comprehension at 8 years, … Continue reading "Reading competences in young adolescents with Specific Language Impairment (SLI): The role of early semantic capacity"
The study describes the development of various linguistic processing abilities in bilingual children with SLI between 6 and 12 years old. The results found that, at all ages, children with SLI had difficulties in repetition of sentences, in phonological fluency (production and correct expression of sounds and words) and phonological awareness without visual signs (awareness … Continue reading "Longitudinal trajectories of representation and access to phonological information in bilingual children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI)"
Children with SLI tend to present a deficit in oral comprehension. In that way, the study intends to investigate the influence of oral comprehension on reading comprehension in children of 7 and 8 years in Catalan-Spanish bilingual with SLI. At the age of 7-8 years, children with SLI had similar results to their age peers … Continue reading "Oral morphosyntactic competence as a predictor of reading comprehension in children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI)"
The study analysed the quality of the messages that children with Specific Language Disorder expressed in a referential communication task. In referential communication tasks, children had to describe the positioning of various objects of an image to an adult who doesn’t see them. Children of 8 years with SLI produced lower correct messages than other … Continue reading "Referential communication in bilingual Catalan-Spanish children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI)"
Daniel Adrover PhD with Amàlia Gordóvil had talked about the strategies in order to deal with our children during these long holidays
International collaboration that has the objective of transmitting the knowledge acquired through scientific research on the acquisition of Spanish as the main or secondary language. In this book we find descriptions of the processes that take place during the acquisition of this language, as well as the variables that need to be taken into account, … Continue reading "Linguistic development and disorders in Spanish-speaking children"
A new article published by Neuroscience News and at the Science Daily shows that bilingual people are great at saving brain power.
Lucía Buil’s doctoral dissertation has been an item of the news at a local newspaper, Última Hora. This dissertation, which has been defended recently at the Balearic Islands University, has been following a group of children, between the ages 6 and 12 from various schools in Mallorca with a specific language disorder.
Ramón Bassa, with the collaboration of different experts among which we find multiple members of the I+DEL research group, publishes two books with reflexions on the process of learning oral and written languages at early ages. This is the result of years of interdisciplinary work, by which knowledge from the experience in education and from … Continue reading "Learning oral and written languge at school: Ramón Bassa describes the latest innvoations within this field."
The research project of professors Lucía Buil, Eva Aguilar and Daniel Adrover on language acquirement difficulties receives the Doctor Jordi Perelló award. For more information you can read the article on the UIB journal.
I+DEL research team at the Balearic Islands University has done a research focused in children with SLI. University newspaper has talked about it. The full coverage is available here.
Publication edited in English by Martin R. Gitterman, Mira Goral and Loraine K. Obler, all experts in neurolinguistics, plurilignuism and aphasia. This book summarizes the findings of the scientific research on cases of aphasia in people who speak more than one language. The vast majority of research on this pathology has been traditionally centred on … Continue reading "PhD. Daniel Adrover participates in the book “Aspects of Multilingual Aphasia”"