I am a "Juan de la Cierva-Formación" postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Dept. of Specific Didactics (Faculty of Education and Psychology), at the Universitat de Girona. I am a research member of the GRECA (Institut de Recerca Educativa) at the Universitat de Girona and of the Prosodic Studies Group (GrEP) at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
My specific line of research focuses on the multimodal integration of gesture, speech, and prosody, and its significant role in children's language development (specifically, in oral linguistic abilities). Broadly speaking, I am interested in how multimodal communication supports teaching-learning processes, and in particular the development of cognitive and linguistic abilities in children.
2016-2020: PhD in Language Sciences, International Mention (Dept. of Translation and Language Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra), under the supervision of Dr. Pilar Prieto (ICREA-UPF).
2015-2016: MA in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (Dept. of Translation and Language Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra).
2014-2015: MA in Teacher Training (Universitat de Barcelona), specializing in Catalan Language and Literature.
2010-2014: BA in Catalan Language and Literature (Dept. of Philology and Communication, Universitat de Girona)
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Tenure-eligible lecturer ("Professorat lector"), since 2021 by Agència per a la Qualitat del Sistema Universitari de Catalunya (AQU).
12-2022: Our study "Multimodal development in children's narrative speech: Evidence for tight gesture-speech temporal alignment patterns as early as 5 years old," first authored by Júlia Florit-Pons and in collaboration with Dr. Patrick L. Rohrer and Dr. Pilar Prieto has been accepted for publication at the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.
07-2022: I've been granted the Juan de la Cierva-Formación postdoctoral research fellowship from the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, Agencia Estatal de Investigación, Unión Europea NextGenerationEU, Plan de Reuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia.
07-2022: I've been awarded the Extraordinary Doctorate Award for my PhD thesis entitled Non-referential beat gestures as a window onto the development of children's narrative abilities! Check the PhD thesis here. (UPF news).
06-2022: The audiovisual corpus of Catalan children's narrative discourse development, one of the outcomes of my PhD thesis, is now available for open access at the OSF! Check the corpus here.
11-2021: I've been granted the Margarita Salas postdoctoral research fellowship from the European Union-NextGenerationEU, Ministry of Universities and Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, through a call from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona).