Prof. Sharon Armon-Lotem

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Prof. Sharon Armon-Lotem
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Fields of interest

Bilingual Specific Language Impairment (BISLI)

Language Acquisition

Early Bilingualism

Child Second Language Acquisition

Specific Language Impairment

 

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PERSONAL:  Born October 15, 1962 -- Manchester, England

                        Resident of Israel since 1965

                        Married, four children

 

HIGHER EDUCATION

1997

Ph.D., Tel-Aviv University -- Linguistics, First Language Acquisition and Syntax. Dissertation:   The Minimalist Child: Parameters and                                        Functional Heads in the Acquisition of Hebrew.

1990

MA  Magna Cum Laude, Tel-Aviv University -- Linguistics, Syntax

Dissertation:   Case theory and obligatory verb movement

1986

BA, Tel-Aviv University -- Linguistics and English Literature

 

 

RECENT PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

 

2006-present

Senior Lecturer, Psycholinguistics and Language Acquisition, Bilingualism & Specific Language Impairment --
The English Department, Bar-Ilan University

2003-present

Fellow, Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Bar-Ilan University

1996-1999

Visiting Researcher, Postdoctoral Studies, University of Maryland, College Park  -- Psycholinguistics: Processing studies using an eye-tracker, First & Second Language Acquisition, Specific Language Impairments

 

 

SELECTED GRANTS AND AWARDS

2014-2018 ISF – PI1 " Disentangling Specific Language Impairment (SLI) and socioeconomic influences on language acquisition and emergent literacy among preschool children with and without SLI from two bilingual disadvantaged populations" – Four years, funded from October 2014

2011-2014

GIF _PI1 " How can a teacher tell if a bilingual child has language impairment: A study of the language of Russian-Hebrew and Russian-German migrant children in preschool and school years".

2010-2013

ISF – PI1 “Specific Language Impairment in Bilingual Children  A longitudinal study”

2009-2013

COST Action IS0804  "Language Impairment in a Multilingual Society: Linguistic Patterns and the Road to Assessment" - Chair

2007-2009

BMBF (The German Ministry of Education) – “Language Acquisition as a Window to Social Integration among Russian Language Minority Children in Germany and Israel”. PI2 with Joel Walters (Bar-Ilan University), Natalia Gagarina (Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft), and Larissa Remennick (Bar-Ilan University)

2003-2007

ISF – PI1 “Morphological, Syntactic, and Pragmatic Representation and Processing in Bilingual Children with SLI”

 1996

Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship

 

 

 

 

GRADUATE STUDENTS (ALUMNI)

Orit Amiram. 2002. The Assignment of Grammatical Gender in Hebrew - Evidence from Language Acquisition (MA)

Efrat Harel. 2004. Very Early Child Second Language Acquisition. Do Morphological and Syntactic Differences between L1 and L2 Still Interfere? (MA)

Efrat Shimon. 2008. The Use of Prepositions by English-Hebrew Bilingual and Bilingual SLI Children (MA)

Michal Cohen. 2008. The Relationship between Acquisition of Wh Questions and Theory of Mind: Evidence from Pre-school High Functioning Children with ASD and Young Typically Developing Toddlers  (MA)

Peri Iluz-Cohen. 2008. Language Proficiency, Language Control and Executive Control in Bilingual Children (MA)

Orit Amiram. 2008. Processing of Competing Linguistic and Visual Clues by Children with SLI (Specific Language Impairment) (PhD, with Susan Rothstein)

Idit Avram. 2008. The Autonomous Contribution of Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics to the Acquisition of the Hebrew Definite System and the Relation to Theory of Mind (PhD, with Susan Rothstein)

Bat-Sheva Keren- Levisohn. 2009. The Sociopragmatics of Variation in Hebrew Imperatives (PhD, with Joel Walters)

Ruth Litt-Afori. 2010. The Acquisition of Conditionals by Hebrew Speaking

Children (PhD, with Yael Greenberg)

Dana Mlodinov. 2009. The narratives of bilingual children with TLD and with SLI (MA)

Sharon Porat. 2010. The use of structures involving syntactic movement by English-Hebrew Bilingual children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) (MA)

Amal Kadri. 2010. The Early Acquisition of Palestinian Spoken Arabic Vernacular by Uni -and Bi-Dialectical Children (PhD, with Joel Walters)

Olga Gupol 2010. The Acquisition of Russian Verbal Morphosyntax in Russian-Hebrew Bilingual Children (PhD, with Susan Rothstein)

Shira Bar Dayan. 2011. The Complexity of Scalar Implicatures: Evidence from SIs' acquisition by Hebrew- speaking typically developing children and children with autistic spectrum disorder with  (MA with Yael Greenberg)

Tehila Shpack (MA with Malka Muchnik, Hebrew Language). 2012. Comprehension and Processing of Multiple Negation by Adolescents with Language Impairment

Reem Bshara (PhD). 2013.  A Study of the Acquisition of Relative Clauses in Palestinian Arabic Vernacular

Efrat Harel (PhD). 2013.  The Profile of Typically-Developing  Bilingual Children

Odelya Ohana (MA) 2014. Using Parental Reports to assess the Language Development of English-Hebrew Bilingual children ages 2-3

Debbie Sarig (MA) 2014. Bidirectional transfer and the functional system of English-Hebrew bilingual children with Typical Language Development (TLD) or Specific Language Impairment (SLI)

Peri Iluz Cohen (PhD with Ronny Geva, Psychology). 2015. Language Proficiency, Executive Control and Language Control: Bilingual and Monolingual Children with Typical Language Development and with SLI

 

 

 

 

 

Publications

SELECTED JOURNAL ARTICLES

2015

Natalia Meir, Joel Walters and Sharon Armon-Lotem. Disentangling bilingualism and SLI using Sentence Repetition: the impact of L1 and L2 properties.  International Journal of Bilingualism. doi: 10.1177/1367006915609240 

Magdalena Łuniewska , Ewa Haman, Sharon Armon-Lotem, Bartłomiej Etenkowski, Frenette Southwood, Darinka Anđelković, Elma Blom, Tessel Boerma, Shula Chiat, Pascale Engel de Abreu, Natalia Gagarina, Anna Gavarró, Gisela Håkansson, Tina Hickey, Kristine Jensen de López, Theodoros Marinis, Maša Popović, Elin Thordardottir, Agnė Blažienė, Myriam Cantú Sánchez, Ineta Dabašinskienė, Pınar Ege, Inger-Anne Ehret, Nelly-Ann Fritsche, Daniela Gatt, Bibi Janssen, Maria Kambanaros, Svetlana Kapalková, Bjarke Kronqvist, Sari Kunnari, Chiara Levorato, Olga Nenonen, Siobhán Nic Fhlannchadha, Ciara O’Toole, Kamila Polišenská, Barbara Pomiechowska, Natalia Ringblom, Tanja Rinker, Maja Roch, Maja Savić, Daniela Slančová, Ianthi Maria Tsimpli, Özlem Ünal-Logacev. Ratings of age of acquisition of 299 words across 25 languages: Is there a cross-linguistic order of words? Behavioural Research Methods. doi:10.​3758/​s13428-015-0636-6

 

Sharon Armon-Lotem, Ewa Haman, Kristine Jensen de Lopez, Magdalena Smoczynska, Kazuko Yatsushiro, Marcin Szczerbinski, Angeliek van Hout,  Ineta Dabasinskiene, Anna Gavarró, Erin Hobbs, Laura Kamandulyte, Napoleon Katsos, Sari Kunnari, Chrisa Nitsiou, Lone Sundahl Olsen, Uli Sauerland, Reeli Torn-Leesik, Heather van der Lely. A large scale crosslinguistic investigation of the acquisition of passive.Language Acquisition

Irena Botwinik, Reem Beshara, Sharon Armon-Lotem. Children's production of relative clauses in Palestinian Arabic: Unique errors and their movement account. Lingua, 40-56

Bibi Janssen, Natalia Meir, Anne Baker, Sharon Armon-Lotem. On-line comprehension of Russian case cues in monolingual and bilingual children with L2/Hebrew and L2/Dutch. Proceedings of the 36th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Cascadilla Press,

Natalia Meir and Sharon Armon-LotemDisentangling bilingualism from SLI in Heritage Russian: The impact of L2 properties and length of exposure to the L2. GALA 2014  Proceedings

 

2014

Altman Carmit, Feldman-Burstein Zhanna, Yitzhaki Dafna, Armon-Lotem Sharon, Walters Joel. Family language policies, reported language use and proficiency in Russian-Hebrew bilingual children in Israel, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 35(3), 216-234

Armon-Lotem, S. Between L2 and SLI: Inflections and prepositions in the Hebrew of bilingual children with TLD and monolingual children with SLI. Journal of Child Language. 41(1), 1-31.

 

2013

Iluz-Cohen, Peri & Sharon Armon-Lotem. Language proficiency and executive control in bilingual children. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 16 (4), 884-899

 

2012

 

Sharon Armon-Lotem & Orit Amiram. The Assignment of Gender in L2 Hebrew: The Role of the L1 Gender System. Brill's Annual of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics (BAALL)4,232-251 

Sharon Armon-Lotem & Shula Chiat. How do sequential bilingual children perform on non-word repetition tasks? In Alia K. Biller, Esther Y. Chung, and Amelia E. Kimball (eds.) Proceedings of the 36th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Cascadilla Press, 53-62

 

2011

Armon-Lotem, S., N. Gagarina & J. Walters. The impact of internal and external factors on linguistic performance in the home language and in L2 among Russian-Hebrew and Russian-German preschool children, Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 1:3, 291-317

 

2010

Sharon Armon-Lotem. Instructive bilingualism: can bilingual children with SLI rely on one language in learning a second one? Applied Psycholinguistics 31:2, 29-36

Sharon Armon-Lotem, Galina Gordishevsky & Joel Walters. Instructive bilingualism: Prepositions in the Hebrew of bilingual children with SLI. Language Acquisition and Development: Proceedings of GALA 2009, 1-12

 

2008

Sharon Armon-Lotem, Natalia Gagarina, Carmit Altman, Zhanna Burstein-Feldman, Galina Gordishevsky, Olga Gupol, Joel Walters. Language Acquisition as a Window to Social Integration among Russian Language Minority Children in Israel. Israel Studies in Language and Society, Israeli Association for the Study of Language and Society, 155-177

 

Sharon Armon-Lotem, Gabi Danon & Joel Walters. The use of prepositions by bilingual SLI children: The relative contribution of representation and processing. Language Acquisition and Development:Proceedings of GALA 2007, 41-46

 

 

SELECTED CHAPTERS IN BOOKS

 

2015

Theo Marinis & Sharon Armon‐Lotem. Sentence repetition. In S. Armon-Lote-Lotem, J. de Jong & N. Meir (eds.) Assessing multilingual children:  disentangling bilingualism from Specific Language Impairment. Multilingual Matters.

Sharon Armon-Lotem & Jan de Jong. Introduction.   In S. Armon-Lotem, J. de Jong & N.  Meir (eds.) Assessing multilingual children:  disentangling bilingualism from Specific Language Impairment. Multilingual Matters. 

Sharon Armon‐Lotem, Carmit Altman, Susan Joffe, Hadar Oz‐Abutbul, Joel Walters. Ethno‐linguistic identity, language exposure and language acquisition in bilingual preschool children from English and Russian‐speaking backgrounds. In Theres Grüter & Johanne Paradis (Eds.) Input and Experience in Bilingual Development. TILAR series, John Benjamins, 77-98.

 
2014

Joel Walters, Sharon Armon-Lotem, Carmit Altman, Nathalie Topaj & Natalia Gagarina. Social Identity and Language Proficiency in Russian-Hebrew and Russian-German preschool children. In Rainer K. Silbereisen, Yossi Shavit & Peter F. Titzmann (Eds.) The Challenges of Diaspora Migration in Today’s Societies -- Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Research in Israel and Germany.  Ashgate Publishing, Surrey, UK

Natalia Gagarina, Joel Walters, Annegret Klassert, Nathalie Topaj, Carmit Altman, Zhanna Burstein-Feldman, and  Sharon Armon-Lotem. The impact of internal and external factors on linguistic performance in the home language and in L2 among Russian-Hebrew and Russian-German preschool children. In Rainer K. Silbereisen, Yossi Shavit & Peter F. Titzmann (Eds.) The Challenges of Diaspora Migration in Today’s Societies -- Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Research in Israel and Germany.  Ashgate Publishing, Surrey, UK 

 

2013

Chiat, S., Armon-Lotem, S., Marinis, T., Polisenska, K., Roy, P., & Seeff-Gabriel, B. The potential of sentence imitation tasks for assessment of language abilities in sequential bilingual children. To appear in V. C. Mueller Gathercole (Ed.), Bilinguals and assessment: State of the art guide to issues and solutions from around the world. Multilingual Matters. (In press)

 

2012

Olga Gupol, Susan Rothstein and Sharon Armon-Lotem. The development of L1 tense-aspect morphology in Russian-Hebrew bilinguals. In Emmanuelle Labeau  & Ines Saddour(ed), Tense, Aspect and Modality Acquisition in L1 and L2. Cahiers Chronos 24, 73-106. Rodopi Publishers.

 

2011

 

Sharon Armon-Lotem, Galit Adam, Anat Blass, Jonathan Fine, Efrat Harel, Elinor Saiegh-Haddad and Joel Walters. Verb inflections as indicators of Bilingual SLI: qualitative vs. quantitative measurements. In M. Leikin, Y. Tobin & M. Schwartz (eds.), Current Issues in Bilingualism: Cognitive and Socio-Linguistic Perspectives, 179-200. Springer

 

2010

Sharon Armon-Lotem & Joel Walters. An approach to differentiating bilingualism and language impairment. In J. Guendouzi, F. Loncke & M. Williams (eds.) The Handbook of Psycholinguistic & Cognitive Processes: Perspectives in Communication Disorders, 463-488. London: Taylor & Francis

 

 

2009

Sharon Armon-Lotem. The Acquisition of Verbal Morphology in First and Second Language. In A. Feuer, S. Armon-Lotem & B. Cooperman (eds.). Issues in the Acquisition and Teaching of Hebrew. Bethesda: University Press of Maryland.

 

2008

 

Sharon Armon-Lotem. What can we learn from children's errors before the age of two: the acquisition of possession and verb agreement. In Galia Hatav (ed), Balshanut Ivrit Teoretit (Theoretical Hebrew Linguistics), Magnes: 309-337 (in Hebrew)

Sharon Armon-Lotem, Gabi Danon and Susan Rothstein. Current Issues in Generative Hebrew Linguistics. In S. Armon-Lotem, G. Danon and S. Rothstein (eds), Current Issues in Generative Hebrew Linguistics, in the series "Linguistics Today". John Benjamins: 1-23

Sharon Armon-Lotem. The interaction between question formation and verbal morphology in the acquisition of Hebrew – a Minimalist perspective. In S. Armon-Lotem, G. Danon and S. Rothstein (eds), Current Issues in Generative Hebrew Linguistics, in the series "Linguistics Today". John Benjamins: 223-242

Sharon Armon-Lotem. Subject object asymmetry in children’s comprehension of sentences containing logical words. In Guijarro-Fuentes, P., Larrañaga, P. and Clibbens, J. (eds.) (Forthcoming). First Language Acquisition of Morphology and Syntax: Perspectives across Languages and Learners. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

 

BOOK (EDITOR)

 

2015 S. Armon-Lotem, J. de Jong & N. Meir (eds.) Assessing multilingual children:  disentangling bilingualism from Specific Language Impairment. Multilingual Matters

2009

A. Feuer, S. Armon-Lotem & B. Cooperman (eds.). Issues in the Acquisition and Teaching of Hebrew. Bethesda: University Press of Maryland.

2008

S. Armon-Lotem, G. Danon and S. Rothstein (eds), Generative Approaches to Hebrew Linguistics, in the series "Linguistics Today". John Benjamins.

 

SPECIAL ISSUES (EDITOR)

 

2012

S. Armon-Lotem (ed.), Specific Language Impairment in Bilingual Children, Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. 15 (1)

 

 

Courses

Courses 2015-2016

37-922 Psycholinguistics and research methods for graduate students (Fall 2015)

37-971 Language Acquisition in Special Circumstances (Fall 2015)

37-478 Social Challenges to Language Development (Spring 2016)

 

 

Active Students

 

Peri Iluz Cohen (PhD) – Language Proficiency, Executive Control and Language Control: Bilingual and Monolingual Children with Typical Language Development and with SLI

Sarit Ben Oved (PhD) – Lexicon and Identity among Hebrew Monolingual and Bilingual Children from an Amharic-Hebrew Setting

Julia Resnik (PhD) - Regular and Irregular Morphology in Russian-Hebrew Bilingual Development

Natalia Meir (PhD) - Language Proficiency in Bilingual Russian-Hebrew Speaking Children – Internal and External variables

Aviva Sosmann (PhD with Joel Walters)

Oshrat Zbib (PhD with Yael Greenberg) -  proposal approved

Svetlana Fichman (PhD with Joel Walters)

Hadar Abutbul-Oz (PhD)

Moria Aricha (MA with Tamar Zilberg and Uri Rasovsky, Psychology)

Tamara Goldstein (MA with CarmitAltman and Yaakov Yavlon, Education)

Rula Abu-Kishk (MA) -  proposal approved

Hila Peretz (MA)

Bruria Miron (MA with Galit Weidman-Sassoon)

 

 

Research

The research at my lab focuses on language acquisition by bilingual children who have been diagnosed for Specific Language Impairment (SLI) and combines my work on monolingual and bilingual typical acquisition with my interest in children with Specific Language Impairment. My research focuses on the one hand on the linguistic and cognitive phenomena which characterize language impairment and bilingualism in children, and on the other hand on the gap between the linguistic abilities of children and those of adults, all this against the background assumption that there is an innate language capacity which children make use of in the acquisition of language. My research interests met in two ISF funded research projects on “Morphological, Syntactic, and Pragmatic Representation and Processing in Bilingual Children with Specific Language Impairments” and “Specific Language Impairment in Bilingual Children - A longitudinal study” which aimed at targeting the relative contribution of the linguistic impairment and the bilingual situation to the unique linguistic profile of these children. This already led to identifying indicators of SLI in English-Hebrew bilingual children and have been expanded to bilingual Russian-Hebrew children in a BMBF funded project on “Language Acquisition as a Window to Social Integration among Russian Language Minority Children in Germany and Israel”, which adds a sociolinguistic aspect to the issue, and a GIF  study of “How can a teacher tell if a bilingual child has language impairment: A study of the language of Russian-Hebrew and Russian-German migrant children in preschool and school years?”. My research is carried in coordination with COST Action IS0804 “Language Impairment in a Multilingual Society: Linguistic Patterns and the Road to Assessment” which offers a cross European research network.