Karolina Mieszkowska

Karolina Mieszkowska
University of Warsaw | UW · Faculty of Psychology

phD

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Introduction
My research is focused on language development of bilingual and trilingual children: I've been involved in research projects that aim to establish a profile of typical bilingual language development in Polish-English bilinguals in the UK and compare the bilingual child's performance across their two languages in the area of vocabulary, storytelling abilities, and the use of internal state terms (among others). I've also examined the relation between quantity of language input and vocabulary knowledge in trilingual children and compare them to bilinguals and monolinguals.

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Social sciences researchers emphasize that new technologies can overcome the limitations of small and homogenous samples. In research on early language development, which often uses parental reports, taking the testing online might be particularly compelling. Due to logistical limitations, previous studies on bilingual children have explored the la...
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The COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting closure of daycare centers worldwide, led to unprecedented changes in children’s learning environments. This period of increased time at home with caregivers, with limited access to external sources (e.g., daycares) provides a unique opportunity to examine the associations between the caregiver-child activit...
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Word knowledge and the speed of word processing in monolingual children and adults are influenced by word properties, such as the age of acquisition (AoA), imageability, and frequency. Understanding how different properties of words contribute to the ease of processing by bilingual children is a critical step for establishing models of childhood bi...
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The COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting closure of daycare centers worldwide, led to unprecedented changes in children’s learning environments. This period of increased time at home with caregivers, with limited access to external sources (e.g., daycares) provides a unique opportunity to examine the associations between the caregiver-child activit...
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This paper describes in detail the development of the Polish version of the Multilingual Assessment Instrument for Narratives (LITMUS-MAIN). We first describe its two earlier versions, the unpublished version and the published version, developed in 2012, as well as the revised version. We also justify the differences between the unpublished Polish...
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Polish and English differ in the surface realization of the underlying Determiner Phrase (DP): Polish lacks an article system, whereas English makes use of articles for both grammatical and pragmatic reasons. This difference has an impact on how referentiality is rendered in both languages. In this article, the authors investigate the use of refere...
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Reading and telling stories to children improves their narrative skills, which is well-documented for monolinguals, but not for bilinguals. We investigated whether bilingual narratives improve when the child is provided with a model story. We studied the narratives of Polish-English bilingual children (n = 75, mean age 5;7 years; months) raised in...
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W niniejszym rozdziale przedstawiamy charakterystykę funkcjonowania umysłu osoby posługującej się więcej niż jednym językiem oraz najważniejsze prawidłowości związane z rozwojem językowym i używaniem języka przez osoby dwujęzyczne. Omawiamy również kluczowe czynniki wpływające na przebieg rozwoju językowego dzieci dwujęzycznych, a także najbardziej...
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The paper presents Test Refleksji nad Myśleniem (TRM, Reflection on Thinking Test), designed to investigate the development of refl ection on thinking in children above 4 years of age. TRM is composed of nine tasks in the form of illustrated stories. The tasks assess child's understanding of the 1 st order beliefs (Unexpected Transfer Test and Dece...
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Purpose As a contribution to the endeavour of developing appropriate tools for bilingual language assessment, this paper investigates the concurrence between two new tools from the recent COST Action IS0804 (Bi-SLI), and the differences between children across two different migrant communities. Approach Two new tools from the battery Language Impa...
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Most studies on bilingual language development focus on children’s second language (L2). Here, we investigated first language (L1) development of Polish-English early migrant bilinguals in four domains: vocabulary, grammar, phonological processing and discourse. We first compared Polish language skills between bilinguals and their Polish non-migran...
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Language input is crucial for language acquisition and especially for children’s vocabulary size. Bilingual children receive reduced input in each of their languages, compared to monolinguals, and are reported to have smaller vocabularies, at least in one of their languages. Vocabulary acquisition in trilingual children has been largely understudie...
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This article investigates the cross-linguistic comparability of the newly developed lexical assessment tool Cross-linguistic Lexical Tasks (LITMUS-CLT). LITMUS-CLT is a part the Language Impairment Testing in Multilingual Settings (LITMUS) battery (Armon-Lotem, de Jong & Meir, 2015). Here we analyse results on receptive and expressive word knowledg...
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Making use of cross-linguistic similarities and activating prior linguistic knowledge can greatly ease the language learning burden. Multilinguals are known to recognize such similarities more readily, being aided by their well-developed metalinguistic awareness. For a given person using crosslinguistic influences and activating other languages kno...
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The paper describes a Polish research project which aims at creating a cognitive and linguistic profile of the Polish-English bilingual child at the school entrance age. With the increase in the number of bilingual children due to economic migrations, researchers, educators and practitioners are often faced with diagnostic dilemmas which arise from...

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The project will examine whether and how bilingual children understand and use mental state terms in both of their languages, and investigate to what degree it is influenced by mothers’ use of mental state terms in their child-directed storytelling.