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Professor Theo Marinis

BA NKUA, PhD Potsdam.

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

email : t.marinis@reading.ac.uk

External Address

School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences,
University of Reading, UK

Profile

My research focuses on language acquisition and processing across populations of typically developing monolingual and bilingual children and adults as well as children with Specific Language Impairment and children with autism. It aims to address three fundamental questions: 1) what is the relationship between language acquisition and language processing, and 2) what is the relationship between language and other cognitive systems, and 3) how do the properties of specific languages affect the language acquisition process. My research has been funded by research councils and charities in the UK, such as the ESRC, the NWO, and the Nuffield Foundation. From 2009-2013 I was part of the COST Action IS0804 ‘Language Impairment in a Multilingual Society’ and led the development of the LITMUS Sentence Repetition tasks for multilingual children across a range of languages.

Recent External Appointments

  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Child Language. (2016 continuing)
  • Director, Centre for Literacy & Multilingualism, University of Reading, UK. (2016 continuing)
  • Editor, Special Issue, "Language impairment in bilingual children", Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism. (2015)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Applied Psycholinguistics. (2011 continuing)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Language Acquisition. (2011 continuing)
  • Editor, Special Issue "The impact of internal and external factors in child second language acquisition.", Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism. (2011)

Recent Grants Awarded

  • Economic and Social Research Council and Department for International Development Grant (ESRC-DFID) (2016 - 2020) "Multilingualism and multiliteracy: Raising learning outcomes in challenging contexts in primary schools across India" (Ł650,748) Tsimpli, I., Marinis, T., & Treffers-Daller, J. ($1,314,700)
  • Fundamental Research Grant Scheme, Malaysia (2015 - 2017) "Effect of bilingualism and multilingualism on grey matter volume in the brain of Malaysian bilingual and trilingual speakers in Malaysia." [MYR75,000] Yap, N.T., Yuit, C.M., Eng, W.B., Khan, S.B., Nordin, A.J., Saddy, D., & Marinis, T. ($24,300)
  • European Commission 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (EU-FP7) (2014 - 2019) "Advancing The European Multilingual Experience (AThEME)." (€5,000,000) Saddy, J.D., Marinis, T., & Tsimpli, I. ($10,800,000)
  • Nuffield Foundation (2012 - 2014) "Primary modern languages: The impact of teaching approaches on attainment and preparedness for secondary school language learning." [GBP139,685] Graham, S., Marinis, T., & Tonkyn, A. ($301,600)
  • Onassis Foundation Fellowship (2012 - 2013) "Language development, education and assessment of immigrant children in Greece." Marinis, T.
  • Latsis Foundation (2011 - 2012) "Mapping out the Linguistic Profile of (Greek speaking) individuals with Autism." [€12,000] Terzi, A., & Marinis, T. ($18,400)
  • Nuffield Foundation (2011 - 2012) "Factors driving adolescents’ second language achievement in Germany." [GBP10,420] Young-Scholten, M., & Marinis, T. ($22,500)

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Chondrogianni, V., & Marinis, T. (In Press). L2 children do not fluctuate: Production and on-line processing of indefinite articles in Turkish-speaking child learners of English. In B. Haznedar, & F. Nihan Ketrez (Ed.), The Acquisition of Turkish in Childhood (pp. 361-388). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • Marinis, T., & Cunnings, I. (In Press). Using psycholinguistic techniques in a second language teaching setting. In C. Wright, T. Piske, & M. Young-Scholten (Eds.), Mind Matters in SLA. Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.
  • Terzi, A., Marinis, T., & Francis, K. (In Press). Syntax and its interfaces at the low and high ends of the autism spectrum. In A.M. Di Sciullo (Ed.), Biolinguistic Investigations on the Language Faculty (pp. 195-212). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • Marinis, T. (2015). Acquiring possessives. In J. Lidz, W. Snyder, & J. Pater (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Developmental Linguistics (pp. 435-462). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Marinis, T., & Armon-Lotem, S. (2015). Sentence repetition. In S. Armon-Lotem, J. de Jong, & N. Meir (Eds.), Assessing Multilingual Children: Disentangling Bilingualism from Language Impairment (pp. 95-122). Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.
  • Chiat, S., Armon-Lotem, S., Marinis, T., Polišenská, Kamila, Roy, P., & Seeff-Gabriel, B. (2013). The potential of sentence imitation tasks for assessment of language abilities in sequential bilingual. In V.C. Mueller Gathercole (Ed.), Bilinguals and assessment: State of the art guide to issues and solutions from around the world (pp. 56-89). Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.
  • Contemori, C., & Marinis, T. (2013). Real-time processing of number mismatch in relative clauses by English-speaking children and adults. In S. Stavrakaki, M. Lalioti, & P. Konstantinopoulou (Eds.), Advances in Language Acquisition (pp. 44-52). Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Marinis, T. (2013). Online psycholinguistic methods in second language acquisition. In C.A. Chapelle (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (pp. 4307-4315). Hoboken, USA: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Marinis, T. (2013). Reaction times. In P. Robinson (Ed.), The Routledge Encyclopedia of Second Language Acquisition (pp. 545-546). New York, USA: Routledge.
  • Guijarro-Fuentes, P., & Marinis, T. (2011). Voicing language dominance: the acquisition of the Spanish by British English/Spanish bilingual children. In K. Potowski, & J. Rothman (Eds.), Bilingual Youth: Spanish Speakers in English-Speaking Societies. (pp. 227-248). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins.

Periodicals

  • Łuniewska, M., Haman, E., Armon-Lotem, S., Etenkowski, B., Southwood, F., [...], Marinis, T., et al. (2016). Ratings of age of acquisition of 299 words across 25 languages: Is there a cross-linguistic order of words? Behavior Research Methods, 48(3), 1154-1177. doi:10.3758/s13428-015-0636-6
  • Blom, E., Chondrogianni, V., Marinis, T., & Vasic, N. (2016). The acquisition of verbal paradigms in Dutch and Greek L2 children: Cross-linguistic differences and inflectional defaults. International Journal of Bilingualism, 20(4), 386-402. doi:10.1177/1367006915609237
  • Durrleman, S., Marinis, T., & Franck, J. (2016). Syntactic complexity in the comprehension of wh-questions and relative clauses in typical language development and autism. Applied Psycholinguistics, 37(6), 1501-1527. doi:10.1017/S0142716416000059
  • Graham, S., Courtney, L., Tonkyn, A., & Marinis, T. (2016). Motivational trajectories for early language learning across the primary–secondary school transition. British Educational Research Journal, 42(4), 682-702. doi:10.1002/berj.3230
  • Hofweber, J., Marinis, T., & Treffers-Daller, J. (2016). Effects of dense code-switching on executive control. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 6(5), 648-668. doi:10.1075/lab.15052.hof
  • Kaltsa, M., Tsimpli, I.M., Marinis, T., & Stavrou, M. (2016). Processing coordinate subject-verb agreement in L1 and L2 Greek. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 648. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00648
  • Terzi, A., Marinis, T., & Francis, K. (2016). The interface of syntax with pragmatics and prosody in children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46(8), 2692-2706. doi:10.1007/s10803-016-2811-8
  • Chondrogianni, V., & Marinis, T. (2015). Production of definite and indefinite articles in typically developing English-speaking children and children with SLI. Lingua, 155, 9-28. doi:10.1016/j.lingua.2014.02.009
  • Chondrogianni, V., Marinis, T., Edwards, S., & Blom, E. (2015). Production and on-line comprehension of definite articles and clitic pronouns by Greek sequential bilingual children and monolingual children with specific language impairment. Applied Psycholinguistics, 36, 1155-1191. doi:10.1017/S0142716414000101
  • Chondrogianni, V., Vasic, N., Marinis, T., & Blom, E. (2015). Production and on-line comprehension of definiteness in English and Dutch by monolingual and sequential bilingual children. Second Language Research, 31(3), 309-341. doi:10.1177/194855061453731110.1177/0267658314564461
  • Marinis, T. (2015). Providing some more pieces to the puzzle: L2 adults, L2 children and children with specific language impairment. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 5(4), 499-504.
  • Özge, D., Marinis, T., & Zeyrek, D. (2015). Incremental processing in head-final child language: Online comprehension of relative clauses in Turkish-speaking children and adults. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 30(9), 1230-1243. doi:10.1080/23273798.2014.995108
  • Papadopoulou, D., Peristeri, E., Plemenou, E., Marinis, T., & Tsimpli, I. (2015). Pronoun ambiguity resolution in Greek: Evidence from monolingual adults and children. Lingua, 155, 98-120.
  • Pliatsikas, C., Johnstone, T., & Marinis, T. (2014). Grey matter volume in the cerebellum is related to processing of grammatical rules in a second language: A structural voxel-based morphometry study. The Cerebellum, 13, 55-63.
  • Pliatsikas, C., Johnstone, T., & Marinis, T. (2014). Evidence for the involvement of the procedural memory system in morphological processing of a second language. PLoS ONE, 9(5), e97298.
  • Terzi, A., Marinis, T., Francis, K., & Kotsopoulou, A. (2014). Grammatical abilities of Greek-speaking children with autism. Language Acquisition, 21, 4-44.
  • Contemori, C., & Marinis, T. (2013). The impact of number mismatch and passives on the real-time processing of relative clauses. Journal of Child Language, 17, 1-32.
  • Marinis, T., & Saddy, J.D. (2013). Parsing the passive: Comparing children with specific language impairment to sequential bilingual children [Special Issue]. Language Acquisition: Language Acquisition in Bilingual and Atypical Populations - Focus on Developmental Comparisons, 20(2), 155-179. doi:10.1080/10489223.2013.766743
  • Pliatsikas, C., & Marinis, T. (2013). Processing of regular and irregular past tense morphology in highly proficient L2 learners of English. Applied Psycholinguistics, 34, 943-970.
  • Pliatsikas, C., & Marinis, T. (2013). Processing empty categories in a second language. When naturalistic exposure fills the (intermediate) gap. Bilingualism: Language & Cognition, 16, 167-182.
  • Pliatsikas, C., & Marinis, T. (2013). Rule-based morphological processing in a second language: A behavioural investigation. University of Reading, Language Studies Working Papers, 5, 3-12.
  • Chondrogianni, V., & Marinis, T. (2012). Production and processing asymmetries in the acquisition of tense morphology by sequential bilingual children. Bilingualism: Language & Cognition, 15, 5-21.
  • Doukas, T., & Marinis, T. (2012). The acquisition of person and number morphology within the verbal domain in early Greek. University of Reading, Language Studies Working Papers, 4, 15-25.
  • Chondrogianni, V., & Marinis, T. (2011). Asynchronous development of vocabulary, morphology and complex syntax in successive bilingual children: Differential effects of internal and external factors. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 1, 318-345.
  • Marinis, T. (2011). On the nature and cause of specific language impairment: A view from sentence processing and infant research. Lingua, 121, 463-475.
  • Marinis, T., & Chondrogianni, V. (2011). Comprehension of reflexives and pronouns in sequential bilingual children: Do they pattern similarly to L1 children, L2 adults, or children with specific language impairment? Journal of Neurolinguistics, 24, 202-212.
  • Panagiotidis, P. & Marinis, T. (2011). Determiner spreading as DP-predication. Studia Linguistica, 65, 268-298.

Published Conference Proceedings

  • Contemori, C. & Marinis, T. (2014). Online processing of English Which-questions by children and adults: A visual world paradigm study. In W. Orman & M.J. Valleau (Eds.), BUCLD 38 Online Proceedings Supplement. Boston, USA: Boston University.
  • Özge, D., Marinis, T., & Zeyrek, D. (2013). Object-first orders in Turkish do not pose a challenge during processing. In U. Özge (Ed.), Proceedings of the 8th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics (pp. 269-280). Boston, USA: MIT Working Papers in Linguistics.
  • Özge, D., Marinis, T., & Zeyrek, D. (2012). Parallel function hypothesis revisited in the processing of Turkish relative clauses in adults. In M. Ivanics, & É.K. Nagy (Eds.), Proceedings of the 15th International Conference of Turkish Linguistics (ICTL, 2010) (pp. 401-411). Szeged, Hungary: University of Szeged.
  • Terzi, A., Marinis, T., Francis, K., & Kotsopoulou, A. (2012). Crosslinguistic differences of autistic children’s comprehension of pronouns: English vs. Greek. In W. Orman & M.J. Valleau (Eds.), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (pp. 607-619). Somerville, USA: Cascadilla Press.
  • Vasi?, N., Chondrogianni, V., Marinis, T., & Blom, E. (2012). Processing of gender in Turkish-Dutch and Turkish-Greek child L2 learners. In W. Orman & M.J. Valleau (Eds.), Proceedings of the 36th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (pp. 646-659). Somerville, USA: Cascadilla Press.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Marinis, T. (2016, May). (In)definite articles and accusative clitics across typical and atypical populations: Monolingual and bilingual typically developing children, children with Specific Language Impairment, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Invited paper presented at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Department of Linguistics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • Marinis, T. (2016, April). Sentence processing in bilingual children: On-line comprehension vs production. Invited paper presented at the International Symposium on Bilingual Processing in Adults and Children (ISBPAC), Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany.
  • Marinis, T. (2016, January). Using explicit/implicit tasks to measure explicit/implicit learning. Invited paper presented at the Meaning in Language Learning Network, University of Sheffield, UK.
  • Marinis, T. (2015, November). Developing sentence repetition tasks across languages for bi- multilingual children. Invited paper presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention, Colorado, USA.
  • Terzi, A., Marinis, T., & Francis, K. (2015, November). Clitics at the interfaces in autism. Paper presented at the 40th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD40), Boston, USA.
  • Marinis, T. (2015, May). Commentary on Albert Costa and Raymond Klein. Invited paper presented at the Workshop on Bilingualism and Executive Function: An Interdisciplinary Approach, City University of New York, USA.
  • Marinis, T. (2014, December). Perspectives on multilingualism and language impairment. Invited presentation given at the Graduate School Workshop, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Marinis, T. (2014, August). How does transparency of the morpho-phonological system affect the acquisition of gender in sequential bilingual children and children with SLI. Invited presentation given at the CLaS-CCD Bilingualism Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Marinis, T. (2014, April). Tracing the mechanisms underlying language breakdown in children with Specific Language Impairment compared to sequential bilingual children. Invited paper presented at the 21st International Symposium of Theoretical & Applied Linguistics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • Marinis, T. (2013, April). Sentence processing in sequential bilingual children: Tracing the processes underlying language breakdown in sequential bilingual children compared to children with Specific Language Impairment. Invited paper presented at the Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference, University of Florida, USA.
  • Marinis, T. (2012, November). What bilingualism and SLI reveal about language processing. Invited paper presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (ASHA) Annual Convention, Atlanta, USA.
  • Marinis, T. (2012, November). Understanding bilingual language development: Assessing sequential language learners. Invited paper presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's (ASHA) Annual Convention, Atlanta, USA.
  • Marinis, T. (2012, June). The use of sentence repetition tasks to assess the language abilities of sequential bilingual children with specific language impairment. Invited paper presented at the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC) Summer Conference, University of Reading, UK.
  • Marinis, T. (2011, September). Specific Language Impairment (SLI) in sequential bilingual (L2) children: Profiling L2 with and without SLI. Invited paper presented at the 12th International Science of Aphasia Conference, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Marinis, T. (2011, May). Profiling children with specific language impairment and sequential bilingual children. Invited colloquium at the University of Anadolu, Turkey.
  • Marinis, T. (2011, April). Cross-linguistic differences on the acquisition of gender in Turkish-Dutch and Turkish-Greek sequential bilingual children. Invited colloquium at the SFB Presentation, University of Hamburg, Germany.
  • Marinis, T. (2011, March). Different patterns of performance in English tense morphology between children with SLI vs. sequential bilingual children. Invited paper presented at the Cambridge Institute of Language Research Workshop, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • Marinis, T. (2011, January). Tense morphology in children with SLI vs. sequential bilingual children: Effects of frequency vs. phonology. Invited paper presented at the Morpho-phonology in language and literacy workshop, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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