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Simona Montanari
College of Health and Human Services
Child and Family Studies

Office: E&T A509
Phone: 323-343-5415
E-mail: smontan2@calstatela.edu


INTRODUCTION

I started working at CSULA teaching language development as a part-timer in the Fall 2005. Since then I have become more and more fascinated by the cultural and linguistic diversity that the CSULA students bring to class. Their multilingualism and multiculturalism makes the classroom the ideal place to discuss the implications of language development under diverse circumstances. As an expert on early multilingual development, I strive to promote, among my students, a better understanding and an appreciation of the rich and diverse linguistic experiences of multilingual children. At the same time, my students' unique linguistic and cultural experiences teach me something new every day about language development in different environments.

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TEACHING INTERESTS

Being the expert on language development in the department I am responsible for the language development classes. I have been teaching “Communication Behavior in Childhood” (CHDV 492) since the Fall of 2005. This course provides an overview of how typically developing children acquire language from infancy through late childhood, including phonology (sounds), lexicon (words), syntax and morphology (sentences), and communicative competence (language use). I am also teaching a brand new course, “Second Language Acquisition in Childhood” (CHDV 493). This course provides an overview of how children acquire a second language in infancy and in early childhood, touching on the course/stages of bilingual and second language learning, the psychological, sociocultural and linguistic factors influencing second language learning, individual differences in and the social and cognitive consequences of bilingualism. I also teach the Senior Seminar (CHDV 496), a course in which students examine in detail a current research issue in the field of child development and write a review paper. In the past years, I also taught “Development of Verbal Behavior in Children” (COMD 456) and “Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Communication Disorders” (COMD 475) in the Department of Communication Disorders at CSULA.

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RESEARCH

My research focuses on various aspects of early bilingual and trilingual development. In the past I have worked on the development of verbal morphology in Spanish-English bilingual children and on their development of narrative skills in both L1 and L2. More recently, I have focused on lexical, phonological, syntactic and pragmatic differentiation in early trilingual development with the goal of discovering whether exposure to three languages enhances or slows down the process of language differentiation. Another line of research I am involved in investigates Spanish-English bilingual children’s acquisition of the ser-estar distinction.

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PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Title Date

Montanari, S. (2013). Productive trilingualism in infancy: What makes it possible? World Journal of the English Language, (1), 62-77.

(2013)
Montanari, S. (2011). Phonological differentiation before age two in a Tagalog-Spanish-English trilingual child. International Journal of Multilingualism, 8(1), 5-21. (2011)

Montanari, S. (2010). Language differentiation in early trilingual development: Evidence from a case study. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller.

(2010)

Montanari, S. (2010). Translation equivalents and the emergence of multiple lexicons in early trilingual development. First Language, 30(1), 102-125.

(2010)

Montanari, S. (2009). Multi-word combinations and the emergence of differentiated ordering patterns in early trilingual development. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 12(4), 503-519.

(2009)

Montanari, S. (2009). Pragmatic differentiation in early trilingual development. Journal of Child Language, 36, 597-627.

(2009)

Silva-Corvalán, C. S., & Montanari, S. (2008). Copula acquisition in Spanish-English dual language development. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 11(3), 341-360.

(2008)

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EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Ph.D. Linguistics August 2006

  • University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, California

M.A. Linguistics May 2003

  • University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, California

B.A. Foreign Languages and Literatures November 1999

  • Universita' degli Studi di Bologna
    Bologna, Italy

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COURSE LISTING

Course Course Title Day and Time Room Quarter
CHDV 492-1 Communication Behavior in Childhood MW 1:30-3:10 FA 347 Fall 2007
CHDV 493-1 Second Language Acquisition in Childhood MW 4:20-6:00 SH C244 Fall 2007
CHDV 496 -2 Senior Seminar MW 11:40-1:20 KH-D1047 Fall 2007

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