Francesca La Morgia
Assistant Professor, Clin Speech & Language Studies

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

La Morgia, F., Towards a Better Understanding of Bilingualism: Considerations for Teachers of Children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs, Reach Journal of Special Needs Education in Ireland, 31, (1), 2018, p79 - 88 Journal Article, 2018

Curdt-Christiansen, X.L. and La Morgia, F., Managing heritage language development: Opportunities and challenges for Chinese, Italian and Urdu speaking families in the UK, Multilingua, 2018 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

La Morgia, F. and Curd-Christiansen, X.-L., Private language management: Home literacy environments for bilingual development, AILA 2017, Rio De Janeiro, 23-28 July 2017, 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017

McEntee A, Walshe M, La Morgia F, , Evaluating the effectiveness of a dysphagia training programme in a residential care setting: Applicability of the Kirkpatrick model. , Dysphagia , Congress European Society for Swallowing Disorders, Barcelona, Spain, 1st - 3rd Oct 2015, 31, 2016, pp260- Published Abstract, 2016

Curdt-Christiansen, X.L. and La Morgia, F., Private Language Management: Home Literacy Environments for Bilingual Development, Sociolinguistics Symposium 21, Murcia, Spain, 15-18 June 2016, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

Assessing the relationship between input and strength of language development: A study on Italian-English bilingual children in, editor(s)Treffers-Daller, J. and Silva-Corvalan, C. , Language Dominance in Bilinguals. Issues of Measurement and Operationalization, Cambridge University Press, 2016, pp195 - 218, [La Morgia, F.] Book Chapter, 2016

Furey S, La Morgia F, Walshe M, Diagnostic accuracy of cervical auscultation in the identification of oropharyngeal aspiration: A systematic review, Dysphagia, Congress European Society for Swallowing Disorders, Barcelona, Spain, 1st - 3rd Oct 2015, 31, 2016, pp250 - 250 Published Abstract, 2016

La Morgia, F. and Billington, J., Can heritage language vocabulary size be predicted by language exposure measures?, International Symposium on Bilingualism, New Brunswick, NJ, May 2015, 2015 Oral Presentation, 2015

La Morgia, F. , The value of multilingualism: views from new speakers of English. , 2nd International Symposium "New speakers in a multilingual Europe: opportunities and challenges", 1st Whole Action Conference of the European Network on New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe (ISCH COST Action IS1306), Barcelona, November 2014, 2014 Oral Presentation, 2014

Dialect change and the case of auxiliary selection in Eastern Abruzzese. in, editor(s)Catrin S. Rhys, Pavel Iosad, Alison Henry , Microvariation, Minority Languages, Minimalism and Meaning: Proceedings of the Irish Network in Formal Linguistics. , Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013, pp36 - 52, [La Morgia, F.] Book Chapter, 2013

Maternal input and the acquisition and maintenance of a heritage language in, editor(s)Ihemere, K. , Language contact: a multidimensional perspective, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013, [La Morgia, F.] Book Chapter, 2013

La Morgia, F., The effects of input and interaction on early 2L1 acquisition. A longitudinal case study., Dynamique du langage, University of Lyon, November 2012, 2012 Oral Presentation, 2012

La Morgia, F. , Production and comprehension in 2L1 development: a longitudinal study of parent-child interaction. International conference on bilingual and multilingual interaction, International conference on bilingual and multilingual interaction, University of Bangor, March 2012, 2012 Poster, 2012

Who is afraid of multilingualism? Evaluating the linguistic impact of migration in Ireland. in, editor(s)Darmody, M., Tyrrell, N. and Song, S. , The Changing Faces of Ireland: Exploring the Lives of Immigrant and Ethnic Minority Children. , Sense Publishers, 2011, pp3 - 16, [La Morgia, F.] Book Chapter, 2011

la Morgia, F., Input and dominance in 2L1 acquisition. , International Symposium on Bilingualism , University of Oslo, June 2011, 2011 Oral Presentation, 2011

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

La Morgia, F., 'Mother Tongues Hub', 2017, - Broadcast, 2017

La Morgia, F., An insight into multilingualism research, Multilingualism Special Interest group meeting, Portlaoise Parish Hall, 30.06.2015, 2015 Invited Talk, 2015

La Morgia, F., Raising bilingual children. Between myth and reality. , Researchers' Night, University of Reading, 2011 Invited Talk, 2011

La Morgia, F., The role of the family and the environment in the acquisition of minority languages. , EUROLOG conference, Trinity College Dublin, 2009 Invited Talk, 2009

La Morgia, Francesca, NEW SPEAKERS IN A MULTILINGUAL EUROPE: POLICIES AND PRACTICES, 14 September 2017, In:An investigation of the variables affecting heritage language development, competence and maintenance, Coimbra Meetings /Conferences Organised,

Research Expertise


child language development; child bilingualism; experimental psycholinguistics


  • Title
    • Research Network in Childhood Bilingualism
  • Summary
    • The network aims to bring together researchers, teachers, early childhood educators, Speech and Language Therapists and Policy Makers with the view of advancing our understanding of childhood bilingualism, tackle challenges and impact policy.
  • Funding Agency
    • Trinity Long Room Hub and The Teaching Council
  • Date From
    • January 2018
  • Title
    • The impact of Native Scientist labs
  • Summary
    • Native Scientist labs are STEM workshops led by scientists in their native language. The aims of the project are a) to promote cultural and linguistic diversity in STEM as means to create a positive social impact b) to inspire ethnic minority pupils to pursue higher education and consider STEM careers c) to empower international scientists to increase the impact of their research. The project aims to investigate the impact of the Native Scientist labs on the children's and the scientists' attitudes towards the use of immigrant languages in STEM education.
  • Funding Agency
    • TBC
  • Date From
    • November 2017
  • Date To
    • November 2018
  • Title
    • Private Language Management: Home Literacy Environments for Bilingual Development
  • Summary
    • in collaboration with Dr Xiao Lan Curdt-Christiansen
  • Funding Agency
    • Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism, University of Reading
  • Date From
    • 2014
  • Date To
    • 2015
  • Title
    • Investigating language production and comprehension in bilingual first language acquisition
  • Funding Agency
    • UROP - University of Reading
  • Date To
    • 2012


Bilingual/Bicultural Education; BILINGUALISM; bilingualism and multilingualism; CHILD LANGUAGE


Awards and Honours

Teaching Council Research Support Framework Awards January 2018

European Award for Languages - The Language Label 2009

European Award for Languages - The Language Label 2008


Member of the New Speakers Network - COST Action IS1306 - August 2014 – September 2015

Member of Trinity Research in Childhood Centre 2017

Associate member of Trinity Research in Social Science (TRiSS). 2017

Director of Mother Tongues, an organisation that aims to disseminate research based information about childhood bilingualism. 2017