Bilingualism Matters London

Bilingualism Matters London is a branch of the research and information centre Bilingualism Matters, which was founded at the University of Edinburgh by Professor Antonella Sorace in 2008.

Bilingualism Matters London was launched on 1 November 2019. Our aim is to bring together academic researchers from London-based higher education institutions, non-academic stakeholders, and members of the public in a collaborative knowledge exchange about bi-/multilingualism, language learning and their benefits.

Our branch and its activities will reinforce the key message that everyone can enjoy the benefits of having more than one language and that decisions taken about bi-/multilingualism and language learning must be informed by scientific evidence.

The branch is a consortium partnership with current members from the Institute of Modern Languages Research at the University of London, the University of Westminster, and University College London Institute of Education. Any institutions from across the London area wishing to join the branch are invited to contact the Institute of Modern Languages Research in the first instance.


Meet the team at Bilingualism Matters London



Dr Roberto Filippi

Associate Professor, UCL Institute of Education, University College London
Branch Co-Director



Julia Hofweber


Dr Julia Hofweber

Postdoctoral researcher at UCL Institute of Education
Researching the cognitive processes underlying language acquisition and language selection in multilinguals, and currently working on a project about implicit learning in sign language



Dr Petros Karatsareas

Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics, University of Westminster
Branch Co-Director



Dimitra Lazaridou


Dr Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga

Affiliated Lecturer, University of Cambridge
Researcher: Formal and Experimental Semantics and Pragmatics, Psycholinguistics, First and Second Language Acquisition




Professor Li Wei

Professor in Applied Linguistics, UCL Institute of Education, University College London
Branch Co-Director



Vally Lytra


Dr Vally Lytra

Reader in Languages in Education, Centre for Language, Culture and Learning, Goldsmiths, University of London



Chloe Marshall


Professor Chloe Marshall

Professor of Psychology, Language and Education at the UCL Institute of Education
Research interests include bimodal-bilingual education for deaf and hearing children, and how hearing adults learn sign languages



Yaron Matras


Professor Yaron Matras

Professor of Linguistics, School of Arts, Languages, and Cultures, University of Manchester



Giulia Pepe


Dr Giulia Pepe

University of Westminster
Researcher in Italian Migration, Socio-cultural Linguistics, Translanguaging, Multilingualism, Language and Identity




Dr Godela Weiss-Sussex

Acting Director of the Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London 
Branch Director