Expected Outcomes of Cost Action IS0804:

  • Development of tasks which tap both unique bilingual phenomena and unique SLI phenomena in order to distinguish both.

  • Better understanding of the relative contribution of representation and processing capacity in typically developing bilinguals, in bilingual children with SLI, and in monolingual children with SLI.

  • Creation of guidelines for diagnosis and of instruments to distinguish typically developing from SLI bilinguals.

  • A rationale, based on a strong research base, for decisions about whether to educate bilingual children with SLI in a single (home or school) language or bilingually, by showing whether bilingualism adversely affects children with BISLI or not.