The anxious multilingual brain: Negative emotions and resilience in transnational migration
dr. Y.S. Sevinc
What happens in the multilingual brain when multilinguals speak the language(s) they feel anxious about? What bodily symptoms accompany this sense of anxiety? How do negative emotions such as anxiety affect multilinguals’ language use and well-being? How do immigrant multilinguals cope with their negative emotions and build emotional resilience? Do specific cues, lived experiences or environmental contexts trigger their negative emotions? In addressing these questions, this project aims to provide new theoretical and methodological insights for exploring the link between linguistic, social, emotional, and psychophysiological processes of multilingual and immigrant experiences.
When early vocabulary is acquired late: Effects of iconicity and gestures on vocabulary development in signing children
dr. B. Sumer
It is widely assumed that all children receive language input when they are born, and their vocabulary development starts early. However, this is not true for deaf children born into families with no signers. They receive accessible language input when they meet other signers, but this might happen late in their lives. Thus, their vocabulary development starts late. We do not know the initial stages of their vocabulary development and which factors modulate their learning. To fill this gap in existing research, this project, for the first time, proposes to explore these stages and factors by focusing on these children.
About the SSH Open Competition XS
The SSH Open Competition XS pilot Call for proposals is specifically intended to encourage curiosity-driven research that involves the relatively rapid exploration of a promising idea. The proposed research is ground-breaking and it is not certain in advance whether the intended objectives will be achieved. What counts is that the result of each project contributes to the advancement of science.
The NWO Domain Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) has three different funding programmes in the Open Competition. The SSH-XS grants are available for projects with a maximum budget of 50,000 euro to enable proposals for curiosity-driven, fundamental research in the research fields covered by the NWO SSH.