Dr Nan Xu

Research Program: Speech and Language / BabyLab


Dr Nan Xu's research focuses on Language Acquisition in children (monolingual, bilingual and those with hearing loss) and adult second language learners. She is interested in early bilingual development in pre-schoolers: how children acquire multiple languages, how they develop language competency, and the implications of bilingualism for school readiness.

Dr Xu's research has contributed to a better understanding of early bilingual development especially for children learning two languages that are very different in both their sound system and grammar (e.g. Mandarin and English). Her work has also helped develop language assessments that measure pre-schoolers' language abilities in terms of comprehension and use of grammar (including inflectional grammar).

Purpose of Visit

Collaboration in the First Sounds First Steps project, to complete data collection for children who prefer to be tested at MARCS.

Appointment Dates

July 2019 - March 2020

Home University / Employer

Macquarie University


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