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I study language acquisition and processing in monolingual and bilingual children and adults, with a focus on Romance languages like Romanian and French. I am particularly interested in how speakers represent and use grammatical knowledge both in their native and non-native language(s) and in determining how the languages of a bilingual speaker develop in contact with each other. I conduct comprehension and production experiments using behavioral and eye-tracking methods.

I am a Research Fellow in Department of Linguistics and the Zukunftskolleg at the University of Konstanz and am currently looking into the real-time comprehension and production of both the minority (heritage) language and the majority (societal) language in child and adult multilingual speakers. From 2021 to 2023 I was a Marie Curie Fellow in the Department of Linguistics leading the ProHeritageSpeakers project that focuses on Romanian as a heritage language in Germany. 

Before coming to Konstanz, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics Lab of the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading where I worked on a project investigating the acquisition of multiple wh-dependencies in Romanian-English bilingual children.   
anamariabentea

anamariabentea

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Language development

Bi/Multilingualism

Heritage Languages

Language processing and production

Memory retrieval during language comprehension

2016  PhD in linguistics, University of Geneva

2013 - 2014  Visiting doctoral student, University of Maryland

2008  Diplôme d'études approfondies (DEA) in linguistics, University of Geneva

2005  MA in linguistics, Babeș-Bolyai University

2004  BA in English and French Language and Literature, Babeș-Bolyai University

EDUCATION

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