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PhD in Linguistics and Language Teaching, she was a FCT PhD grant holder (SFRH/BD /73881/2010) and she completed her thesis on relations between Grammar and Reading, under the supervision of Professors João Costa and Ana Costa. She holds a degree in Modern Languages and Literatures – Portuguese and English Studies and a specialization in Language Teaching. She has been a teacher and has collaborated with the Ministry of Education and the Camões Institute. She has participated in research projects in L1 and L2 acquisition and in different areas of Portuguese teaching, such as curricular development, language assessment and development of teaching materials. Since 2017 she is an Assistant Professor in the Linguistics Department of NOVA FCSH and in 2020 she started the individual project “Language and literacy at school: the contribution of metasyntactic abilities to reading comprehension development” funded by FCT (CEECIND/00274/2018).

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Hanna Batoréo (Hanna Krystyna Jakubowicz Batoréo) is an associate professor with ‘agregação’ (habilitation to full professor) at Universidade Aberta, in Lisbon. She graduated from University of Warsaw (Warsaw, Poland) in English and Spanish (1975) and in Portuguese Linguistics (1978). She earned her MA in Portuguese Descriptive Linguistics at University of Lisbon (FLUL) in 1989, where she also earned her PhD in Linguistics/ Psycholinguistics in 1997. Her PhD thesis “Expressão do Espaço em Português Europeu” was published in 2000 by FCT/ Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian). In 2006, she earned her habilitation to full professor (“agregação”) in Portuguese Studies: Linguistics, at Universidade Aberta, Lisbon, where she has been working since 1997. In 2006, she was also awarded an “International Grand Prix of Linguistics Lindley Cintra 2005“for the book “Linguística Portuguesa: Abordagem Cognitiva” (2004).
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Associate Professor at Escola Superior de Saúde do Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal, PhD in Linguistics by Universidade NOVA de Lisboa and Université Paris 8 (cojoint programme), and researcher in the group LiFE – Formal and Experimental Linguistics of Centro de Linguística da Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. She was a visitor at MIT, University of Cambridge and Laboratório de Psicolinguística e Aquisição da Linguagem da Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro. Her research focuses on Language Acquisition and Language Impairment, and currently she is working on the development of assessment and intervention tools for children with language impairment.

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Susana Correia is an Assistant Professor in the Linguistics Department of NOVA FCSH and she is a member of the Linguistics Research Centre of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (CLUNL). Her research interests cover L1 and L2 acquisition and the construction and validation of language assessment tools. She conducts research in the area of phonological development, phonological awareness, language impairment and early markers of language development. She is responsible for the area of teaching Portuguese as a Foreign Language at NOVA FCSH.

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João Costa is the Secretary of State for Education in Portugal. He is a Full Professor of Linguistics at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences at the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. He graduated in Linguistics from the Faculty of Letters at the University of Lisbon, and completed his PhD in Linguistics at the University of Leiden. During his studies, he was a visiting scholar at MIT. His area of research is formal linguistics, language acquisition and development and educational linguistics. He is the author of several books and over 100 articles and book chapters. Until November 2015, he was the Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, at Universidade NOVA de Lisboa and President of the Scientific Council of Social Sciences and Humanities at the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia. He acted as member of the Scientific Council of the National Reading Plan, the National Commission of the International Institute for the Portuguese Language, and the Consulting Council of the Camões Institute. He was also President of the European Association of Linguistic Students (SOLE) and the Portuguese Linguistic Association. Besides his teaching and research activities at his University, he has been a guest lecturer at several universities in Brazil, Macau, Spain and the Netherlands.

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She retired as an Associate Professor at NOVA FCSH in 2010. In addition to teaching at Linguistics Department, she served as chairperson of the Scientific Committee and of the Pedagogical Commission (1996/97/99), and also as Coordinator of the Educational Training Branch (RFE) in Portuguese as foreign language for graduates in linguistics (1997/2006). In the field of research, she has collaborated in projects about teaching/learning in Portuguese, second language, and has directed some Portuguese teams of international projects related to the subject (Sócrates/ LINGUA-L, ONENESS). She participated in projects of constitution of corpora, namely of medieval Portuguese, and elaboration of materials from them. She was president of the Scientific Committee of CLUNL between 2006 and 2010. Currently, in collaboration with Maria Francisca Xavier and João Malaca Casteleiro, she is particularly dedicated to the conclusion of the Project “Dictionary of the Portuguese Medieval Language”.

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Adjunct Professor in the Escola Superior de Educação de Lisboa and researcher at the Centro de Linguística da Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. She develops research in Language Acquisition, Syntax and Writing. She has presented communications and has published papers on her research topics.

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Assistant Professor at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, teaching courses in syntax, variation and second language teaching. She is also a researcher in the Linguistics Research Centre of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, participating in projects in the areas of Portuguese syntax (synchronic and diachronic), acquisition of Portuguese as first and second language, teaching/learning of Portuguese as second language and material development for second language teaching.

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Associate Professor at the Linguistics Department of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. Researcher at CLUNL and Collaborator at CLUL. Her main research interests are in the following areas: Syntax, Language Acquisition, Linguistic Variation.

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Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, teaching courses in general linguistics, syntax and second language acquisition. She is also a researcher in the Linguistics Research Centre of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, participating in projects in the following areas: syntax (synchrony and diachrony of Portuguese); language policies; acquisition of Portuguese as a first and second language; material development for second language teaching.

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Carolina Silva has a PhD degree in Linguistics (area of specialization: Psycholinguistics) from School of Social Sciences and Humanities of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (NOVA FCSH). Invited Adjunct Professor at Escola Superior de Educação – Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal, and Invited Assistant Professor at NOVA FCSH. Her research has been developed in first language acquisition of different types of pronouns and relative clauses in European Portuguese, and more recently in second language acquisition. She has participated in conferences and published papers at a national and international level.

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Postdoctoral researcher at the Linguistics Research Centre of NOVA University Lisbon. Since 2019, she is also an invited assistant professor of Linguistics at the NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities. She completed her PhD in Linguistics at NOVA, specialising in Psycholinguistics. During her PhD, she was a visiting researcher at the University of Edinburgh. Her main research areas are generative second language (L2) acquisition, comparative syntax and L2 teaching. Her work focuses on English and Romance languages, particularly European Portuguese. She has participated in funded research projects in the following areas: L2 acquisition, learner corpora and L2 teaching.

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Integrated Members (without PhD)

PhD student in the Linguistics and Language Teaching course at the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa since 2016/17;  She´s professor of General Linguistics and Phonetics and Phonology of Portuguese at the Pedagogical University in Mozambique. She completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Portuguese Teaching at the Pedagogical University of Mozambique in 2009 and 2014.

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Bruna Bragança has a master degree in Child Language Development and Disorders with a specialization in Language Education and Teaching, from School of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa and Escola Superior de Saúde of the Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal. Her dissertation on the acquisition of verbal inflectional morphology by bilingual children was supervised by professor João Costa. Her main research areas are First and Second Language Acquisition. Recently, she was a research grant holder within the project PIPALE. Currently, she is a PhD student in Linguistics, specialization in Language Acquisition and Second Language Acquisition and grant holder from FCT.

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Pedro Caeiro graduated in Portuguese Language and Culture (Foreign Language) at the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon in 2003. He spent two years as a Teaching Assistant of Instituto Camões at the University of Toronto, Canada, where he taught Composition and Oral Practice, and Stylistics and Syntax. Pedro worked at the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon for ten years teaching Portuguese Language and Culture, from A1 to C1 levels. Since 2015 he teaches Portuguese for general and specific purposes at Instituto Português do Oriente, and, since 2005, he is an examiner for Centro de Avaliação de Português Língua Estrangeira. He is currently conducting his PhD reasearch in Language Teaching – Multilinguism and Education for a Global Citizenship (NOVA FCSH/Universidade Aberta) with the thesis “Using authentic materials with A1 non-native learners of Portuguese for Specific Purposes”.

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Tatiana Cavalcanti has a degree in Speech Therapy from the Universidade Católica de Pernambuco (Brazil) and holds a master’s degree in Language Sciences from the same University. She is a clinical therapist specialized in Fluency Disorders and has coordinated the GEAG – “Grupo de Estudos e Atendimento à Gagueira” (Study and Stutter Care Group) at the Universidade Católica de Pernambuco for eleven years. She has experience as a guest lecturer in the subjects of Language Acquisition, Language Disorders and Techniques of Speech, Diction and Oral Expression. She is a PhD student in Linguistics, specialization in Psycholinguistics, at NOVA FCSH with the project “A gaguez como um distúrbio de linguagem: análise prosódica das palavras gaguejadas por crianças falantes do português europeu e português brasileiro” (Stuttering as a language disorder: prosodic analysis of the words stuttered by children speaking European Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese).

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PhD Grant holder in Linguistics – KRUSE program (PD/BD/128136/2016), specialisation in Psycholinguistics, supervised by Professora Maria Lobo. She has a Master in Speech and Hearing Sciences by Universidade de Aveiro and a Degree in Speech-language Therapy by Escola Superior de Saúde da Universidade de Aveiro. She worked as a speech-language pathologist. Her areas of interest are language acquisition and language impairments and she is currently working on her PhD project, entitled “Syntatic abilities in children with autistic spectrum disorder”.

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Degree in Linguistics at NOVA FCSH in 2000. Post-graduation in Portuguese (mother and foreign language) Educational background at NOVA FCSH in 2004. Master degree in eLearning Systems Management at NOVA FCSH em 2012. Portuguese foreign language teacher at NOVA FCSH since 2004 and at NOVA SBE since 2015. Participation in projects: CIPM, Corpus Informatizado do Português Medieval; ALME – LINGUA 1.3 ALME; ONENESS – On-line less used and less taught language course project; DLPM – Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa Medieval; DTAAPFOL – Dicionário de termos de aquisição e aprendizagem do português para falantes de outras línguas.

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Ana Rita Faustino is an invited assistant at the Instituto Superior de Contabilidade e Administração de Lisboa (ISCAL) and PhD candidate at the Linguistics Research Centre of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (CLUNL) and the Center for English, Translation and Anglo-Portuguese Studies (CETAPS). In 2011, she obtained a Master’s degree in English and German Teaching, in the same faculty, with the dissertation entitled The (inter) cultural component in the production of written text in the foreign language teaching and learning. She develops research in the areas of second language acquisition and foreign language didactics. In 2013, she won the Prémio Branquinho da Fonseca Expresso/ Gulbenkian with the children’s book “O Cotão Simão”.

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Vera Fernandes graduated in Translation from NOVA FCSH in 2019. She is a master´s student in Language Sciences specialization in Linguistic Revision and Consultancy at the same University, under the guidance of Professor Maria Sousa Lobo and Professor Joana Teixeira. She is currently a research grant holder (FCSH/CLUNL/UIDB/03213/2020/1BI) in the research group LiFE – Formal and Experimental Linguistics.

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Wenjun Gu, PhD student in Linguistics from Universidade NOVA de Lisboa; MA in European Language and Literature from Shanghai International Studies University (SISU); graduated in Portuguese Language and Culture from the same university. Since 2012, she has been teaching Portuguese at SISU.

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M.A degree in Language Sciences – Psycholinguistics by the School of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. Attending the PhD program in Psycholinguistics by the School of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa under the supervition of Professor Maria Lobo. The research focuses on the properties of the null pronoun in the Angolan Variety of Portuguese, interpretation and processing.

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Esmeralda Leong was a volunteer translator of extracts and foreign literary works. She also produced short stories and novels that were published in digital support, in different platforms, under multiple pseudonyms.
Currently, she is completing her undergraduate studies in Language Sciences at the School of Social Sciences and Humanities of NOVA University Lisbon. She was awarded a grant as a junior researcher to build a Glossary of Psycholinguistics.

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She graduated in Portuguese Language and Culture at the University of Foreign Studies in 2017, and in 2021 she completed her master’s degree in the specialisation area “Syntax and Second Language Acquisition” at the University of Lisbon. She is a PhD candidate in General Linguistics at NOVA FCSH. Her research interests include syntax, linguistic processing and second language acquisition. She is currently a research fellow (UIDB/03213/2020) under the PIPALE project.

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He has been collaborating in research projects in the area of lexicon and syntax of Medieval Portuguese since 2001 and since 2004 in the area of language acquisition.

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PhD student at NOVA University Lisbon, focusing on native speaker pronunciation in advanced learners of EFL. She is currently a lecturer in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) at the same university, having previously worked at the British Council in Lisbon, teaching English and preparing teaching materials for various products of the institute.

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João de Matos is a teacher of Portuguese as a Foreign Language and a Ph.D. candidate in Linguistics (Psycholinguistics) at the NOVA University of Lisbon. He completed his MA in Language Sciences (Linguistics) at the NOVA University of Lisbon in October 2020 with a dissertation in the field of Experimental Psycholinguistics about the processing of grammatical gender features in European Portuguese. His main research interests are Applied Portuguese Linguistics and Experimental Psycholinguistics. At the moment, his main research topic is the interaction between Language, Gender, and Human Cognition.

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PhD grantee from the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (SFRH/BD/78609/2011), between October 2012 and October 2016, scientific orientation by Ana Madeira (PhD) and joint supervision by Ana Castro (PhD). Current position: Técnico Superior at Camões I.P., since December 2016, developing Online Language Assessment Tool for Portuguese as Second/Foreign Language and statistical analysis under Item Response Theory (IRT) models. Areas of interest: Second Language Acquisition, R (programming language), Data Visualization

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Ph.D student in Linguistics (Psycholinguistics) developing her Ph.D research on language acquisition in deaf children with cochlear implants, supervised by Professor João Costa. She has a Graduation in Linguistics at the Faculty of Letters and a Master in Cognitive Science at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Lisbon. She was researcher scholarship in several Linguistic research projects related with oral and sign language acquisition and development and with bimodal bilingualism in deaf children with and without cochlear implants, which are her areas of interest. She was a Ph.D grant holder within the KRUse Program (PD/BD/105763/2014).

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PhD student in Linguistics, specialisation in Psycholinguistics, at NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities, supervised by Professor João Costa. She has a Masters in Linguistics (specialisation in Psycholinguistics) by Faculdade de Letras de Lisboa and a Degree in Modern Languages and Literatures, Portuguese and English, as well as Educational Branch, by NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities. She was a secondary school teacher. She has developed research in the processing of null and overt pronouns in European Portuguese. She was a grant holder within the KRUse programme (SFRH/BD/52264/2013).

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Ronan Pereira holds a master’s degree in Sciences of Languages and currently is a PhD student in Linguistics – Psycholinguistics. He has been working as a language teacher (English and Spanish) for over eight years, teaching face-to-face and online classes for adults. Courses taken include CELTA and Post-Graduation in Teaching Methodology, as well as language and education related short courses. His fields of study are language acquisition and dialectology, especially in what concerns L2 and D2 acquisition.

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Invited Lecturer in the Portuguese Language Centre of the Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa’e, East Timor, and researcher in the Linguistics Research Centre of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. She is a PhD student in Linguistics at NOVA FCSH, specializing in Linguistics and Language Teaching. Her main areas of research are generative L2 acquisition and the implications that phenomena such as L1 transfer have for L2 teaching, focusing specifically her attention on East Timor. Besides her research, she was a Language Tutor and a Lecturer at the Universidade Nacional de Timor Lorosa’e, East Timor (2004-2006), at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom (2007-2009) and at the Escola Superior de Educação de Lisboa, Portugal (2010-2011). She collaborated with the Ministry of Education of East Timor on the conception of the National Curriculum for Basic Education’s Cycles 1 and 2 (2013-2016), having produced materials for biliteracy in Tetun and Portuguese, such as a transfer primer, illustrated bilingual school dictionaries, school grammars, image books, bilingual textbooks, among other bilingual materials. She has also been producing materials for the teaching of Portuguese L2 for Specific Purposes in East Timor, namely in the legal area of expertise.

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PhD student in Linguistics and Language Teaching at Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, holds a master’s degree in Language Studies, Language and Technology specialization area, by Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná, and a degree in Letters, Portuguese and Spanish, by Universidade Federal do Paraná. Works with language teaching and editing and production of printed and digital teaching materials. He is currently developing his research project about acquisition of writing in scholarly textbooks of Portuguese L2.

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Gabriela Tavares has a Degree in Languages, Literatures and Cultures Portuguese Studies by Universidade Aberta, and a Master in Portuguese as a Foreign Language (L2/LE) by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto. She has taught PFL in several institutions in Hungary, currently collaborating with the Centre for Research and Teaching of Foreign Languages of the Corvinus University in Budapest and also the Portuguese Language Centre of Instituto Camões in Budapest. She is a PhD student in Language Teaching – Multilinguism and Education for a Global Citizenship (NOVA FCSH/Universidade Aberta), and a grant holder from FCT (2020.05740.BD), conducting the research “Phonological perception of reduced vowels and lexical stress in Portuguese L2. Implications for language teaching with Hungarian learners”.

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PhD student in Linguistics, was a grant holder in the FCT Doctoral Programme Linguistics – Knowledge, Representation and Use (PD/BD/113973/2015). She develops her research on acquisition of clitic pronouns by bilingual and bidialectal children supervised by Professor Maria Lobo. She has Master in Linguistics (2014) and a Degree in Language Sciences (2011) by Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa. Between 2011 and 2015 she was a Research assistant at CLUNL strategic project [PEst-OE/LIN/UI3213/2014] and at the project “Fatores sintáticos e lexicais na complexidade do processamento” [PTDC/CLE-LIN/114212/2009].

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Ph.D grant holder in Linguisitics (Psycholinguistics) – KRUse Program (PD/BD/131387/2017), scientific orientation by Maria Fernandes Homem de Sousa Lobo Gonçalves (PhD) and co-orientation by Marisa Lobo Lousada (PhD). Degree in Linguistics and Speech Therapy, Master in Linguistics. She was researcher and scholarship in Linguistic research projects related with language acquisition and development.

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Wiliam Zona gratuated in 2008 at Universidade de Lisboa, and received a master’s degree at Universidade de Aveiro (2014). He is currently a PhD student in Linguistics, specialisation in Language Teaching, at NOVA FCSH, under the supervision of Professor Maria Lobo. His areas of interest are Morphology, Syntax and Language Teaching.

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Collaborators - PhD

She was a PhD student in Psycholinguistics, programme KRUse – Linguistics/Knowledge, Representation and Use (PD/BD/113975/2015). She has a Masters in Cognitive Science and Language by Universitat de Barcelona and a Degree in Psychology by Universitat Rovira i Virgili. She has participated in various editions of The NY-St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture (NYI) and she has experience working as a teacher assistant in different modules ( Psycholinguistics, Psychology of Language and Communication and Psychology of Memory) at Universitat Rovira i Virgili. Her research developed in syntactic processing and ambiguity resolution. More specifically, she focused on relative clause attachment in Spanish and disambiguation using number agreement. She is currently interested in the role of Pseudo relative availability in language processing and production.

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Assistant Professor with ‘Agregação’ in the Department of Linguistics and Literatures (College of Social Sciences) of the University of Évora, where she teaches since 1991. Her scholar activity has been developed in the area of Portuguese Language and Linguistics in the, 1st, 2nd and 3rd cycles of studies. In the scientific domain, she has been working mainly in the area of Philology and Textual Criticism, focusing her interest in the texts from the ancient and classical periods of the Portuguese language; in the area of History of the Portuguese language, but also in the area of Variation studies.

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PhD in Linguistics, specialization area Psycholinguistics, under the supervision of Professor João Costa and Nino Grillo. His work has focused on the parsing of Pseudo Relatives and attachment preferences. Was a Grant Holder within the FCT Doctoral Programme Linguistics – Knowledge, Representation and Use (KRUse) (PD/BD/52262/2013).

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PhD in Linguistics (Syntax) from Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. Collaborating member of thee Lingusitics Research Centre of this University. Coordinating Professor at Paula Frassinetti’s School of Education in Porto, in initial and post-graduate training, where she also has been director of the Master’s Degree in Educational Sciences since 2008, specializing in Reading Animation. Her current research interests are language development, Portuguese didactics and reading competence.

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Portuguese teacher at Instituto Español “Giner de los Ríos” de Lisboa. Researcher at CLUNL.  Her research interest is in bilingual language aquisition (portuguese/spanish).

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Ana Santana holds a master’s degree in Language Sciences, specialization area Language Development and Disorders, from NOVA FCSH, since 2020, having developed a dissertation on “Perfil de crianças com alterações fonológicas: contributo para o diagnóstico em Terapia da Fala” under the supervision of Professors Susana Correia and Ana Castro.
She graduated in Speech Therapy in 2018 at IPS-ESS.

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