Valantis Fyndanis er ny postdoktor ved MultiLing

Valantis forsker på hvordan tospråklighet og flerspråklighet har forskjellige effekter på språk og kognitiv svikt hos mennesker i en sunn aldringsprosess.

Valantis Fyndanis (Foto: privat)

Please tell us about your background.

– I obtained my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. I was awarded a PhD in Neuro - and Psycholinguistics by the same university in 2009.

While a PhD student, I spent the academic year 2006/2007 at McGill University in Canada, where I conducted research as a visiting researcher.

– After I was awarded my PhD, I held several research positions including a postdoctoral position at the University of Athens, Greece, and a Marie Curie Intra-European fellowship at the University of Potsdam, Germany.

My research focuses on the investigation of (morpho)syntactic, lexical and cognitive abilities in monolingual and multilingual aphasia, probable Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and healthy aging.

What will be the focus of your research at MultiLing?

– My main project at MultiLing will investigate the linguistic and cognitive abilities of healthy aging bilingual and multilingual native speakers of Norwegian. One of the goals of this study is to explore whether bilingualism and multilingualism have differential effects on language and cognitive decline in healthy aging. I will also contribute to the ongoing Dementia project at MultiLing.

And finally, how do you like to spend your free time?

– In my free time, I like walking, working out, cooking, reading, and hanging out with good friends.

Av Olaf Christensen
Publisert 14. okt. 2015 15:27