Our Team

Paola EscuderoPaola Escudero

Title: Professor in Linguistics, Project Leader and developer

Institution: The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development, Western Sydney University

Professor Paola Escudero is a CoEDL Chief Investigator based at The MARCS Institute. She is an expert in first and second language acquisition and a champion of Australia’s cultural diversity. Her interests include word learning and phonetic detail in multilingual communities. She collaborates with various world-wide experts in fields of statistical learning, multilingualism, phonetics and analysis techniques that can be applied to individual language learners. Paola was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship which she started in 2017 and has received several research prizes, grants and recognitions. Paola has published over 100 scientific papers in the areas of linguistics, applied linguistics, bilingualism and sociolinguistics. Paola is a mum of a 4-year-old girl that is growing trilingually. For a full list of publications please see Paola’s personal publication page.

Recent Publications

Paola Escudero, Criss Jones Diaz, John Hajek, Gillian Wigglesworth, and Eline Adrianne Smit. 2020. "Probability of Heritage Language Use at a Supportive Early Childhood Setting in Australia." Frontiers in Educationdoi: https://doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2020.00093.

Paola Escudero and Marina Kalashnikova. 2020. " Infants use phonetic detail in speech perception and word learning when detail is easy to perceive." Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jecp.2019.104714

L Liu, Paola Escudero, C Quattropani, and R Robbins. 2020. "Factors affecting infant toy preferences: age, gender, experience, motor development, and parental attitude." Infancydoi: https://doi.org/10.1111/infa.12352.

Hannah Sarvasy, Jaydene Elvin, Weicong Li, and Paola Escudero. 2020. "An acoustic phonetic description of Nungon vowels." Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. Special Issue.. 147 (4): 2891-2900. doi: doi.org/10.1121/10.0001003.

Marina Kalashnikova, Paola Escudero and Evan Kidd. 2018. "The development of fast-mapping and novel word retention strategies in monolingual and bilingual infants." Developmental Science. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.12674

Paola Escudero, Karen Mulak, Charlene Fu and Leher Singh. 2016. "More limitations to monolingualism: Bilinguals outperform monolinguals in implicit word learning." Frontiers in Psychology. doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01218

 



Gloria Pino EscobarGloria Pino Escobar

Title: Master of Science, PhD student, Senior Research Assistant and co-developer

Institution: The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development, Western Sydney University

Gloria is currently finishing her PhD in psycholinguistics at The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development at Western Sydney University. Gloria has a Master of Science in Psycholinguistic research (2017) and a BA in Interpreting and Translation (2015). Gloria has formerly worked as a lawyer but changed careers after experiencing motherhood. Gloria is raising two bilingual children and her role as a mother led her to study children communication, play and learning strategies (2010-2011), parental speech therapies (2012), a certificate in community language teaching (2018) and attended several seminars about child and language development. Gloria and Paola have co-authored an article showing the cognitive and linguistic benefits of childhood bilingualism and are currently researching language learning and use in bilingual preschoolers. You can read the article here.

Recent Publications

Gloria Pino Escobar, Josephine Terry, Buddhamas Kriengwatana, and Paola Escudero. 2016. "Speech normalization across speaker, sex and accent variation is handled similarly by listeners of different language backgrounds". In Proceedings of the 16th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology, 161-164. Parramatta, Australia.

Gloria Pino Escobar, Marina Kalashnikova, and Paola Escudero. 2016. "The bilingual advantage in the language processing domain: Evidence from the Verbal Fluency Task". In Proceedings of the 16th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology, 129-132. Parramatta, Australia.

Gloria Pino Escobar, Marina Kalashnikova, and Paola Escudero. 2018. "Vocabulary matters! The relationship between verbal fluency and measures of inhibitory control in monolingual and bilingual children." Journal of Experimental Child Psychology,. 170: 177-189.

 



 

Myra LuingeMyra Luinge

Title: Master of Science, Research Assistant and co-developer

Institution: The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development, Western Sydney University

Myra holds two bachelor degrees: a bachelor in Pedagogical Sciences (University of Groningen) and a bachelor of Education in Primary Schools (Hanze University of Applied Sciences). Following her bachelor studies, she obtained her Master of Science degree in Educational Sciences at the University of Groningen in 2018. She also worked as a primary school teacher in the Netherlands. Within LMM, her role is to create a bridge between theory and practice in early childhood education.

Writings

Luinge, M. (2018). The Relationship between Motor Skills and Executive Functions in 3-6-year-old Children. Unpublished Master of  Educational Sciences Thesis. The University of Groningen.

Luinge, M. (2017). Social Interaction between 4-6- year-old Primary School Children during Free Play. Unpublished Bachelor of Pedagogical Sciences Thesis. 


 

Gillian WigglesworthGillian Wigglesworth

Title: Professor in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, collaborator

Program: University of Melbourne

Professor Wigglesworth has expertise in first and second language acquisition, bilingualism and testing and assessment. She has worked extensively over the last 20 years with Indigenous children living in the remote areas of Australia, recording and documenting the languages they use and the issues they face when they enter the predominantly English-only formal school system. She has had a long-standing relationship with the Yirrkala community over the period where the school has been bilingual. She was the inaugural Director of the Research Unit for Indigenous Language (RUIL) at the University of Melbourne, is currently lead CI at the Melbourne node of CoEDL as well as leader of the Learning research program. She is currently completing two DP grants, both focused on remote Indigenous children in school contexts. She has published widely on Indigenous children’s language development and education.

Recent Publications

Paola Escudero, Criss Jones Diaz, John Hajek, Gillian Wigglesworth, and Eline Adrianne Smit. 2020. "Probability of Heritage Language Use at a Supportive Early Childhood Setting in Australia." Frontiers in Educationdoi: https://doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2020.00093.

Philip Thierfelder, Gillian Wigglesworth, and G Tang. 2020. "Sign Phonological Parameters Modulate Parafoveal Preview Effects in Deaf Readers." Cognition. 201

Kellie Frost, Joshua Clothier, Annemiek Huisman, and Gillian Wigglesworth. 2020. "Responding to a TOEFL iBT integrated speaking task: mapping task demands and test-takers’ use of stimulus content." Language Testing. 37 (1): 133-155. doi: doi/10.1177/0265532219860750.

Davidson, Lucinda, Kelly, Barbara, Wigglesworth, Gillian, and Nordlinger, Rachel. "In press: Input and Child Directed Speech in Australian Aboriginal Communities". In Handbook of Australian Languages, OUP.

Gillian Wigglesworth, Amir Rouhshad, and Neomy Storch. 2016. "The nature of negotiations in face-to-face versus computer-mediated communication in pair interactions." Language Teaching Research. 20 (4): 514-534. doi: 10.1177/1362168815584455.

 



John  HajekJohn Hajek

Title: Professor of Italian Studies, collaborator

Institution: University of Melbourne

Professor Hajek is an expert in multilingualism and language education in Australia, including in the early years, with extensive experience of the HL sector. He is director of the Research Centre for Multilingualism and Cross-cultural Communication (RUMACCC) at the University of Melbourne. Hajek has successfully conducted numerous projects on different aspects of Multilingualism and language education, including on ELLA and other digital technology in early years. He is currently a co-CI on an ARC DP exploring successful early years language education in Australian primary schools.

Recent Publications

Paola Escudero, Criss Jones Diaz, John Hajek, Gillian Wigglesworth, and Eline Adrianne Smit. 2020. "Probability of Heritage Language Use at a Supportive Early Childhood Setting in Australia." Frontiers in Educationdoi: https://doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2020.00093.

Travis, Catherine, Hajek, John, Nettelbeck, Colin, and Woods, Anya Lloyd. 2014. "Introduction". In Practices and Policies: Current Research in Languages and Cultures Education, 1-5. Melbourne, Australia: Languages and Cultures Network of Australian Universities (LCNAU).

Catherine Travis, John Hajek, Colin Nettelbeck, Elizabeth Beckmann, and Anya Lloyd Woods. 2014. Practices and Policies: Current Research in Languages and Cultures Education. Melbourne, Australia : Languages and Cultures Network of Australian Universities (LCNAU).

Deborah Loakes, John Hajek, and Janet Fletcher. 2017. "Can you t[æ]ll I’m from M[æ]lbourne? An overview of the DRESS and TRAP vowels before /l/ as a regional accent marker in Australian English." English Worldwide. 38 (1): 29-49. doi: 10.1075/eww.38.1.03loa.

Mohd Hilmi Hamzah, Janet Fletcher, and John Hajek. 2016. "The role of closure duration in the perception of word-initial geminates in Kelantan Malay". In Proceedings of the 16th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology, 85-88. Parramatta, Australia.

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