Vicky Chondrogianni

Professor of Bilingualism and Language Development

  • Linguistics and English Language
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Room 2.07a, Dugald Stewart Building

3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
Post code


  • Happy to meet online or in-person. Please email me to arrange a time.


I read Linguistics and Classics at the University of Athens before going on to receive an MPhil in English and Applied Linguistics and a PhD in Second Language Acquisition from the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh, I held research and teaching positions at Bangor University (UK), Aalborg University (Denmark) and the University of Reading (UK). I have also carried out research visits at City University of New York (USA), where I currently am affiliated faculty at the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, CUNY Graduate Center.

Selected publications

Daskalaki, E., Blom, E., Chondrogianni, V., & Paradis, J. (2020). Effects of parental input quality on child heritage language acquisition. Journal of Child Language. First View.

Chondrogianni V, & Schwartz R. (2020) Case and word order in Greek heritage children. Journal of Child Language. First View.

Chondrogianni, V., & John, N. (2019). Tense and plural formation in Welsh-English bilingual children with and without language impairment. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 53(3), 495-514.

Puric, D., Vuksanović, J., & Chondrogianni, V. (2017). Cognitive advantages of immersion education after 1 year: Effects of amount of exposure. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 159, 296-309. DOI: 10.1016/j.jecp.2017.02.011

Chondrogianni, V. Marinis, T., Edwards, S. & Blom, E. (2014). Production and on-line comprehension of definite articles and clitic pronouns by Greek sequential bilingual children and monolingual children with Specific Language Impairment. Applied Psycholinguistics. First view article: DOI: .

Chondrogianni, V. & Marinis, T. (2011). Differential effects of internal and external factors on the development of vocabulary, morphology and complex syntax in successive bilingual children. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 1, 223-248.

Responsibilities & affiliations

School and Subject Area responsibilities

LEL PGR Director

Programme Director for the MSc in Developmental Linguistics

Programme Director for Bilingualism Matters

PPLS rep on College staff experience committee


External roles

Associate Editor for Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism (John Benjamins)

Secretary for the International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL)

Member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Child Language (Cambridge University Press ) and Second Language Research (SAGE journals).


Undergraduate teaching



LEL1 A (Semester 1)


First Language acquisition (Semester 1 )

Second Language acquisition (Semester 2)


Postgraduate teaching


First Language acquisition (Semester 1)

Second Language acquisition (Semester 2)

Guided Research Seminar (Semester 2)

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I am happy to supervise PhD projects on the development of morphosyntax and the lexicon in bilingual children with typical development and with developmental language disorders. I am keen to explore the implementation of novel methods such as eye-tracking in this field. Please also see my list of publications for an idea about my research interests.

Current PhD students supervised

I am also currently supervising the following PhD projects:

  • CIty University of New York (CUNY):  Georgia Drakopoulou, Production and processing of ambiguity in ASD children. (PI: Prof. Richard G. Schwartz)

Past PhD students supervised

University of Edinburgh

Qingyuan Gardner (completed in 2020)

Kate Repnik (completed in 2020)

Katerina Pantoula (Completed in 2021)


Bangor University

Athanasia Papastergiou ( completed in 2020). Language and cognitive abilities of Welsh-English bilingual children attending different educational programmes in Wales. ESRC-funded PhD studentship in Bilingualism (co-supervision with Dr. Eirini Sanoudaki & Dr. Enlli Thomas, Bangor University).

Anne-Dorothee Roesch (completed in 2014). Comprehension and production of wh-questions in typically developing 2L1 and L2 French-German children with and without language impairment. Bangor University.

Research summary

first and second language acquisition, child bilingualism, psycholinguistics, developmental language disorders

Current research interests

My research focuses on cross-linguistic aspects of acquisition and processing in typically-developing monolingual and bilingual children and in children with language impairment. My research addresses questions such as the following: What is the relationship between production and (on-line) comprehension/processing in impaired and unimpaired monolingual and bilingual children? How is this relationship affected by cross-linguistic differences in the target grammatical system? How can the comparison between different modalities inform us about the underlying nature of development and processing? I am also interested in the interplay between cognitive abilities, such as executive functions, and language abilities in typically-developing and language-impaired children. If you are interested in pursuing a PhD on these or similar topics, please e-mail me.

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