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Professor Ianthi Maria Tsimpli is the Chair of English and Applied Linguistics at the University of Cambridge, and the co-Director of Cambridge Language Sciences Interdisciplinary Research Centre. Before moving to Cambridge she held the positions of Professor of Multilingualism and Cognition at the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading and Professor of Psycholinguistics and Director of the Language Development Lab at the Dept. of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She received her PhD in Linguistics from University College London (1992). She taught Linguistics at University College London, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and University of Cambridge (Research Centre for English and Applied Linguistics). She teaches and researches in First and Second Language Acquisition, Bilingualism and Cognition, Psycholinguistics and Language Impairment. Her current research project funded by ESRC-DFID “Multilingualism and Multiliteracy: Raising learning outcomes in challenging contexts in primary schools across India” and involves the collaboration of JNU, NIMHANS and EFL-U in India ( She is Associate Editor of Glossa and member of the Editorial Board of the journals Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, Second Language Research, Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, Language Acquisition: A Journal of Developmental Linguistics, Journal of Applied Linguistics, Biolinguistics (e-journal), Journal of Greek Linguistics and of the Book Series “Language Acquisition and Language Disorders”.


I have been working with primary school children living in slums in India. Slums attract internal migrants who contribute to the multicultural and multilingual profile of these communities. Part of my work also includes Early Childhood Education and Care provision for young refugee children (focusing on language and communication skills) as well as an arts outreach impact study with asylum-seeking unaccompanied children in Cambridgeshire (in collaboration with Cambridge Hub).

Professor of English and Applied Linguistics, Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics
Professor Ianthi  Tsimpli

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