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Professor Jeanine Treffers-Daller

Professor Jeanine Treffers-Daller
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Associate Lecturer
Professor Jeanine Treffers-Daller



Member of the Leadership Group and the Steering Committee of the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism


Member of the Editorial Board of Bilingualism, Language and Cognition, the International Journal of Bilingualism and Benjamin's series Impact: Studies in Language and Society


Vocabulary knowledge and assessment (M-level)

Areas of Interest

Jeanine is interested in a wide range of areas in the field of Multilingualism and Second Language Acquisition. Most recently she has worked on the relationship between cognitive control and different types of code-switching behaviour. She is also interested in measuring language dominance in bilinguals/heritage speakers and has published an edited volume on this topic with Cambridge. Furthermore, she has published on motion event construal, formulaic language, vocabulary learning and teaching, lexical richness, and automated assessment of vocabulary in bilinguals and second language learners. She has also worked on language, literacy and mathematics development among learners with English as an Additional Language (EAL) in the UK and among multilingual children in India.

Current and Recent Research Projects:

  • Multilingualism and Multiliteracy: Raising learning outcomes in challenging contexts in primary schools across India. PI: Ianthi Tsimpli (Cambridge). Co-Is: Theo Marinis (Konstanz), Jeanine Treffers-Daller, Suvarna Alladi (Nizams Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad), Lina Mukhopadyay (EFL-U, Delhi), Minati Panda (Jawarhal Nehru University, Delhi), Denes Szucs (Cambridge). Economics and Social Research Council/Department for International Development (£650k).
  • Development of a vocabulary test (crosslinguistic lexical tasks) for five-year-old Malaysian children (Principal Investigator; Co-operation mit dr Ewa Haman, Warsaw University; Dr Yap Ngee Thai, University Putra Malaysia; Dr Rogayah Razak, University Kebangsaan Malaysien). Sponsored by the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism, University of Reading)
  • Development of a bilingual vocabulary test for English-Malay bilingual adults (Principal Investigator; Co-operation mit Dr Yap Ngee Thai, University Putra Malaysia and Shanthi Nadarajan (University Sarawak, Malaysia). Sponsored by the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism, University of Reading)

Research groups / Centres


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  • Treffers-Daller, J. (2010) Borrowing. In: Fried, M., Östman, J.-O. and Verschueren, J. (eds.) Variation and change: pragmatic perspectives. Handbook of pragmatics highlights (6). John Benjamins, Amsterdam / Philadelphia, pp. 17-35. ISBN 9789027289179







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Conference Presentations:

  • Brussels (Belgium). April 2016. Invited speaker at the Symposium on Translanguaging in Multilingual Urban Settings.
  • Sheffield (UK). January 2016. Invited speaker at the Workshop Perspectives on making language meaningful in the language learning context".
  • Aix-en-Provence (France). August 2015. Eurosla. Discussant at the Language Learning Round Table on Second Language Acquisition and Pidginization / Creolization: Processes and Models.
  • Nijmegen (the Netherlands), 11-13 September, 2015. Invited keynote speaker at the Third Learner Corpus Research Conference.
  • Trondheim (Norway), August 2015. Invited keynote speaker at SALC5 (The Fifth Conference of the Scandinavian Association for Language and Cognition, Trondheim (Norway).
  • Essex (UK). July 2015. At home in more than two languages. Communication strategies and language practices of multilingual families. Thinking home Symposium.
  • Swansea (UK). July 2015. How does vocabulary knowledge affect academic achievement among HE students? Vocabulary SIG, British Association for Applied Linguistics.
  • Thessaloniki (Greece), 24-26 April 2015. Invited plenary speaker at the 22nd Symposium on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics.
  • Yangling (China). April 2015. What's in a word? Invited speaker, Foreign Language Department of Northwest A&F University, Yangling (Xian Province).
  • Bristol University, Graduate School of Education, 5th December 2014. Evaluating vocabulary usage in student essays written for the Pearson Test of English Academic: Can we predict CEFR levels?.
  • Trondheim (Norway), 6th November 2014. Learning out of the corner of your ear: the role of statistical learning in L2 acquisition.
  • Lille, 20-21 June 2014, Aspectual markers in motion event constuals among English and Italian monolinguals and Italian-English bilinguals. Langacross conference (with Jacqueline Laws and Eliana Mastrantuono).
  • Amsterdam, 21 February 2014. ACLC. The impact of reading and vocabulary on academic achievement.
  • Brussels, 10th January 2014.Contact-induced change in grammatical collocations in Brussels French. Workshop French as spoken in Brussels. Facultés Universitaires St Louis in Brussels.

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Enterprise Activity, External Roles and Consultancy:

  • Member of the ESRC peer review College.
  • Treasurer of the University Council for General and Applied Linguistics.

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