Ward, Rebecca

Rebecca Ward
Start date:
October 2016
Research Topic:
Systematic Linguistic Profile of Welsh English Bilinguals with Down Syndrome
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Dr Eirini Sanoudaki
Supervising school:
Centre for Research on Bilingualism,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Studentship

My thesis explores the bilingual linguistic profile of children with down syndrome and aims to build the first systematic profile of Welsh/English bilinguals with this neurodevelopmental disorder. Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal disorder, however, little is known about bilingual language acquisition for children who have the disorder. Parents are often advised against exposing their children to a second language, however, this recommendation is not based on research findings. The research questions are as follows:

  • What are the language abilities in this population?
    How does development of the two languages in bilinguals with down syndrome compare to development in monolinguals with down syndrome and typically developing children?
  • This project will aim to enhance our understanding of the language profile of individuals with down syndrome in general and will provide new insights which will have important implications for educational policies and clinical practice for these populations.