I am a last-year predoctoral researcher at the Prosodic Studies Group (GrEP), in the Dept. of Translation and Language Sciences at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Catalonia), working under the supervision of Dr. Pilar Prieto (ICREA/UPF). I hold a M.A. in Teacher Training (Universitat de Barcelona), specializing in Catalan Language and Literature, and a M.A. in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), specializing in Language Acquisition. Currently I teach at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (postgraduate and graduate levels) and I am a Collaborator Teacher in the M.A. in Learning Difficulties and Language Disorders (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya).
My dissertation examines several issues related to the bootstrapping role of non-referential beat gestures —and their concomitant prosodic prominence— in 5- to 6-year-old children’s narrative abilities, focusing on the multimodal integration of gesture, speech and prosody in first language development.
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The multimodal integration of gesture, speech and prosody
First language acquisition and development (in typical and atypical populations)
The development of children’s narrative and other linguistic abilities
Multimodal learning/communication and embodied cognition