The Bilingual and Multilingual Development Lab

at the University of Toronto




Welcome to our Lab!

Many people around the world, including Canadians, grow up learning more than one language. The Bilingual and Multilingual Development Lab at the University of Toronto focuses on those who began learning two or more languages from the time they were born and on those who began learning a second or third language upon starting school. While research on bilingual/multilingual development is definitely expanding, little is known about what is typical of bilingual or multilingual acquisition. In the short-term, our findings contribute to existing theories of multilingual language and cognitive development and, in the long-run, will help to develop appropriate clinical diagnostic and intervention tools for a wider range of populations, including bilinguals and multilinguals.

Upcoming Events

November 12th – University of Toronto’s 1st Graduate Student and Post Doctorate Fellow Language Research Day

Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers conducting language research are invited to present an oral or poster presentation at UofT’s very first Graduate Student and Post Doctorate Fellow Language Research Day! Click here for more information.

Updates

  • March 2021

Check out Dr. Candace Galla's and Dr. AJ Orena's talks, presented at our latest event in March, Online Workshop: Bilingual Development in Canada.

  • March 2020

Check out Dr. Ellen Bialystok's talk on How Bilingualism Changes Minds, presented at our latest event in February, Bilingual Development Workshop: From Theory to Practice.

  • December 2019

We are happy to announce that our lab received funding from 3 federal agencies, including NSERC, SSHRC, and CFI.