Multimodal Child Language Acquisition

Multimodal Child Language Acquisition was a network funded by the Danish Research Councils running from March 2019 to August 2022. The network aimed to establish a novel research collaboration between the Centre for Language Technology, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen (UCPH), the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), and the Linguistics Department at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) around child language acquisition.

Figure showing the three research areas of the group
UCPH: Multimodality and NLP; HKU: Language typology and acquisition; CUHK: Bilingualism in children

Examples of relevant themes to be addressed were as follows:

  1. Simultaneous acquisition of languages in bi/trilingual children (Chinese-English/ Danish-English/ Chinese-Danish) with focus on the importance of gestures, emotions, and facial expressions.
  2. Study of transfer/interference in second language learning and analysis of the degree of similarity between the first and second language (e.g. Danish-English, Danish-Chinese, Chinese-English).
  3. Code-mixing and code-switching phenomena and their possible effect on language acquisition and social impact.

Group photo

Alice Tse, Patrizia Paggio and Costanza Navarretta (UCPH) visiting Professor Virginia Yip og Professor Stephen Matthews and their group at  The Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre, CUHK.






Researchers from the University of Copenhagen 

Name Title Phone E-mail
Costanza Navarretta Senior Researcher +4535329079 E-mail
Patrizia Paggio Associate Professor +4535329072 E-mail
Sussi Olsen Academic Research Staff +4535329064 E-mail

External researchers

Virginia Yip, professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre

Stephen Matthews, professor, The University of Hong Kong and The Childhood Bilingualism Research Centre

Sin Yee Li, the University of Hong Kong

The network workshops

The programs for the three workshops held by the network are listed below:

1. workshop 2020

2. workshop 2021

3. workshop 2022


Costanza Navarretta
Senior researcher at the Centre for Language Technology
Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics
University of Copenhagen