Dr. Natalia Meir

Dr. Natalia Meir
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Fields of interest

  • Language contact and cross-linguistic influence
  • Heritage Language across the lifespan
  • Language development in atypical populations (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Hearing Impairment, Specific Language Impairment)





2017 - Internship – City University of New York (CUNY), The Graduate Center and College of Staten Island. (Dr. Irina Sekerina) "Acquisition of Case morphology in bilingual Russian-Hebrew speaking children: an eye-tracking study".

2017 – 2018, Post-Doc., Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Haifa (supervisor Dr. Rama Novogrodsky) project title “Linguistic abilities of children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI), children with High Functioning Autism (ASD), and children with Hearing Impairment (HI): a comparative study.”

2016 - 2017, Post-Doc., Bar-Ilan University, GIF Grant (PI: Dr. Galit W. Sassoon): Dimensions and gradability in grammar and cognition: a behavioral and ERP study on language processing.

2012 – 2016, PhD.  Department of English Literature and Linguistics, Bar-Ilan University. PhD Dissertation: Linguistic profiles of bilingual Russian-Hebrew speaking children: effects of bilingualism and SLI (advisor: Prof. Sharon Armon-Lotem)

2007 – 2011 MA (Summa Cum Laude), Department of English Literature and Linguistics, Bar-Ilan University.  Thesis: Discourse Markers in Narrative of Bilingual Russian-Hebrew speaking pre-school children. (advisor: Prof. Joel Walters).

1994-1999 BA, English Department, Moscow State Pedagogical University (Russia).


2018 The tri-annual Alon Fellowship for outstanding young faculty

2017 The Israeli Academy of Science and Humanities: An internship award

2017 Institutional Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Haifa

2017 Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics 26 (FASL26): conference travel award

2017 COST IS1406 “Enhancing children's oral language skills across Europe and beyond”: training school award

2015 Bar-Ilan Rector Prize for Excellence in Academic Studies

2014 Wolf Fund Scholarship for Academic Excellence

2012 Bar-Ilan University President's Scholarship to Outstanding PhD Students

Teaching Positions:

2018 – current – Senior Lecturer, Department of English Literature and Linguistics, Bar-Ilan University.

2015  - 2018  – External Lecturer, Department of English Literature and Linguistics, Bar-Ilan University.

2013 – 2018 - External Lecturer, Department of Communication Disorders (Language and Speech Pathology and Audiology), Hadassah College

2013 – Teaching Assistant, Department of English Literature and Linguistics, Bar-Ilan University.

Research Positions:

2014 – 2016 - Consultant - ISF 863/14– 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"

2011-2014  – Research  Coordinator - GIF 1113/2010 “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”.

2008-2010 – Research Assistant -  BMBF funded project “Language Acquisition as a Window to Social Integration among Russian Language Minority Children in Germany and Israel.”


2019 – current – Ethics Committee Member (Faculty of Humanities), Bar-Ilan University  


2018-present – a member of the Multilingual and Multicultural Affairs Committee of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP)

2016-present – collaborating with Language Abilities in Children with Autism (LACA): PI Dr. Rama Novogrodsky

2016- 2017 – Working Group Member, Working Group 7, COST Action IS01306 “New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe - Opportunities and Challenges.” (http://www.nspk.org.uk/ )

2010-2013 – Action Secretary, COST Action IS0804 “Language Impairment in a Multilingual Society: Linguistic Patterns and the Road to Assessment.” (http://www.bi-sli.org/ )



Associate Editor for Applied Psycholinguistics (2019- present)

Ad hoc reviewer for: Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism; International Journal of Bilingualism; International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism; Language Acquisition; Journal of Child Language; Journal of Pragmatics; Frontiers in Psychology; Journal of Communication Disorders; Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research; American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology; PlosONE; Psychology of Language and Communication; Written Language and Literacy.




Rodina, Y., Kupisch, T., Meir, N., Mitrofanova, N., Urek, O., & Westergaard, M. (2020). Internal and External Factors in Heritage Language Acquisition: Evidence from Heritage Russian in Israel, Germany, Norway, Latvia and the UK. Frontiers in Education. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3389/feduc.2020.00020

Novogrodsky, R. & Meir. N. (2020).  Age, Frequency and Iconicity in early sign language acquisition: Evidence from the Israeli Sign language Communicative Inventory (ISL-CDI). Applied Psycholinguistics. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0142716420000247

Antonijevic-Elliott, S., Lyons, R., O’ Malley, M.P., Meir, N., Haman, E., Banasik,N., Carroll, C., McMenamin, R., Rodden M., & Fitzmaurice, Y. (2020) Language assessment of monolingual and multilingual children using non-word and sentence repetition tasks, Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 34(4), 293-311.   https://doi.org/10.1080/02699206.2019.1637458

Meir, N., Joffe, S., Shabtaev, R., Walters, J. & Armon-Lotem, S., (forthcoming). Heritage Languages of Israel: the multilingual tapestry with a Hebrew flavor. In S. Montrul & M. Polinsky. (Eds.) the Handbook of Heritage Languages and Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Meir, N., Parshina, O., & Sekerina, I.A. (2020). The Interaction of Morphological Cues in Bilingual Sentence Processing: An Eye-Tracking Study. In Megan M. Brown and Alexandra Kohut Eds.),  BUCLD 44: Proceedings of the 44th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Somerville (pp. 376-389). MA: Cascadilla Press.

Scharff Rethfeldt, W., McNeilly, L., Abutbul-Oz, H., Blumenthal, M., Garcia de Goulart, B., Hunt, E., Laasonen, M. R., Levey, S., Meir, N., Moonsamy, S., Mophosho, M., Salameh, E.-K., Smolander, S., Taiebine, M., Thordardottir, E. (2020). Common Questions by Parents and Caregivers of Bilingual/Multilingual Children and Informed, Evidence-based Answers. Interntional Association of Communication Sciences and Disorders (IALP).


Meir, N. & Polinsky, M. (2019). Restructuring in Heritage grammars: Adjectival and numerical phrases in Israeli Russian. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/lab.18069.mei

Meir, N. & Novogrodsky. R. (2019). Prerequisites of pronoun use in monolingual and bilingual children with High Functioning Autism (HFA) and typical language development. Frontiers in Psychology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02289

Meir, N. & Novogrodsky. R. (2019). Syntactic abilities and verbal memory in monolingual and bilingual children with High Functioning Autism (HFA). First Language.   https://doi.org/10.1177/0142723719849981

Otwinowska, A. Meir, N., Ringblom, N., Karpava, S., & La Morgia, F. (2019). Language and Literacy Transmission in Heritage Language: Evidence from Russian-Speaking Families in Cyprus, Ireland, Israel, and Sweden. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. https://doi.org/10.1080/01434632.2019.1695807

Armon-Lotem, S., & Meir, N. (2019). The nature of exposure and input in early bilingualism. In A. De Houwer & L. Ortega (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of bilingualism (pp. 193–212). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.


Meir, N. (2018). Morpho-syntactic abilities of unbalanced bilingual children: A closer look at the Weaker Language. Frontiers in Psychology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01318

Janssen, B. & Meir, N. (2018). Production, Comprehension and Repetition of Accusative Case by Monolingual Russian and Bilingual Russian-Dutch and Russian-Hebrew Children. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism. http://doi.org/10.1075/lab.17021.jan

Novogrodsky, R.,* Meir, N.,*  &Michael, R. (2018). Morpho-syntactic abilities of normal-hearing and hearing-impaired toddlers: evidence from a sentence repetition task. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 53(4), 811-824. https://doi.org/10.1111/1460-6984.12386  (*the authors declare an equal contribution)


Meir, N. (2017). Effects of Specific Language Impairment (SLI) and bilingualism on verbal short-term memory. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 7(3-4), 301–330. https://doi.org/10.1075/lab.15033.mei

Meir, N. & Armon-Lotem, S. (2017). Separate and combined effects of socioeconomic status (SES) and bilingualism on linguistic abilities and verbal short-term memory. Frontiers in Psychology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01442  

Meir, N., Walters, J. & Armon-Lotem, S. (2017). Bi-directional cross-linguistic influence in bilingual Russian-Hebrew speaking children. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 7(5), pp. 514–553. https://www.jbe-platform.com/content/journals/10.1075/lab.15007.mei

Meir, N. & Armon-Lotem, S. (2017). Delay or deviance: old question – new evidence from bilingual children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI).  In M. LaMendola & J. Scott (Eds), BUCLD 41: Proceedings of the 41st annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (pp. 495-508). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.


Meir, N., Walters, J., & Armon-Lotem, S. (2016). Disentangling bilingualism from SLI using Sentence Repetition Tasks: The impact of L1 and L2 properties. International Journal of Bilingualism, 20(4), pp. 421-452. https://doi.org/10.1177/1367006915609240

Armon-Lotem, S. & Meir, N. (2016). Diagnostic accuracy of repetition tasks for the identification of specific language impairment (SLI) in bilingual children: Evidence from Russian and Hebrew. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, 51(6), 715-731. doi: 10.1111/1460-6984.12242


Meir, N. & Armon-Lotem, S. (2015). Disentangling bilingualism from SLI in Heritage Russian: The impact of L2 properties and length of exposure to the L2. In Cornelia Hamann and Esther Ruigendijk (Eds). Language Acquisition and Development: Proceedings of GALA 2013 (pp.299-314). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Janssen, B., Meir, N., Baker, A., & Armon-Lotem, S. (2015). On-line Comprehension of Russian Case Cues in Monolingual Russian and Bilingual Russian-Dutch and Russian-Hebrew Children. In E. Grillo, & K. Jepson (Eds), BUCLD 39: Proceedings of the 39th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (pp. 266-278). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

Armon-Lotem, S., de Jong, J., & Meir, N. (Eds.). (2015). Methods for assessing multilingual children:  disentangling bilingualism from Specific Language Impairment. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.


37-184 - Introduction to Linguistics

37-517 - Research Methods in Linguistics  

37-9000 - Autism: Language, Theory of Mind and Executive Function

37 - 9010 Adult Bilingualism/Multilingualism

37-547 Bilingual and monolingual sentence processing


  • Language contact and cross-linguistic influence
  • Heritage Language across the lifespan
  • Heritage Russian
  • Language development in atypical populations (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Hearing Impairment, Specific Language Impairment)