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Professor Jeanine Treffers-Daller

Professor Jeanine Treffers-Daller
Treasurer of the University Council for General and Applied Linguistics.


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.

Research centres and groups

  • Languages and Linguistics Research Division

  • Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism

  • Multimind: an international, multidisciplinary and multisectorial training network on multilingualism



Selected publications

  • 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)


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