Simona Montanari

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College of Health & Human Services
Department of Child & Family Studies
Office Location: ET A509
Email: smontan2@exchange.calstatela.edu

INTRODUCTION
I started working at CSULA teaching language development in Fall 2005. Since then I have become more and more fascinated by the cultural and linguistic diversity that the CSULA students bring to class. Their multilingualism and multiculturalism makes the classroom the ideal place to discuss the implications of language development under diverse circumstances. As an expert on early multilingual development, I strive to promote, among my students, a better understanding and an appreciation of the rich and diverse linguistic experiences of multilingual children. At the same time, my students' unique linguistic and cultural experiences teach me something new every day about language development in different environments.

TEACHING INTERESTS
I teach courses on language development (CHDV4920), second language acquisition in childhood (CHDV4930) and the Senior Seminar (CHDV4960). I also teach the graduate course on cognitive and language development (CHDV5090).

RESEARCH
My research focuses on bilingual/multilingual development and on the development of biliteracy skills in children in dual language programs.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Quay, S. & Montanari, S. (under review). Bilingualism and multilingualism. In A. De Houwer & L. Ortega (eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Bilingualism. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press.

Montanari, S., Simón-Cereijido, G., & Hartel, A. (2016). The development of writing skills in an Italian-English dual language program: Evidence from first through fifth grade. International Multilingual Research Journal, 10(1), 44-58.

Nicoladis, E., & Montanari, S. (eds.). (2016). Lifespan perspectives on bilingualism: Factors moderating language proficiency. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association; Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

Quay, S., & Montanari, S. (2016). Early bilingualism: From differentiation to the impact of family language practices. In E. Nicoladis & S. Montanari (eds.), Lifespan perspectives on bilingualism (pp. 23-42). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association; Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

Conboy, B., & Montanari, S. (2016). Early lexical development in bilingual infants and toddlers. In E. Nicoladis & S. Montanari (eds.), Lifespan perspectives on bilingualism (pp. 63-80). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association; Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

Montanari, S., Hartel, A., Ebranati, P., & Stern, H. (2015). A K-6 Italian/English dual language program: Implementation, challenges and outcomes. Paper presented to the 2015 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Annual Convention and Expo, San Diego, CA, November 20-22, 2015.

Mayr, R., & Montanari, S. (2015). Differentiation and interaction in the vowel productions of trilingual children: An acoustic study. Paper presented at the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, August 10-14, 2015.

Montanari, S, & Mayr, R. (2015). Cross-linguistic interaction in trilingual phonological development: The role of the input in the acquisition of the voicing contrast. Paper presented at the 10th International Symposium on Bilingualism, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, May 20-24.

Mayr, R. & Montanari, S. (2015). Cross-linguistic interaction in trilingual phonological development: The role of the input in the acquisition of the voicing contrast. Journal of Child Language, 42(5), 1006-1035.

Montanari, S. (2014). A case study of bi-literacy development among children enrolled in an Italian-English dual language program in Southern California. International Journal of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education, 17(5), 509-525.

Mayr, R. & Montanari, S. (2014). Stop consonant production in simultaneous trilingual children: an acoustic study. Poster presented at the XIII International Congress for the Study of Child Language, Amsterdam, The Netherland, July 14-18.

Montanari, S. (2012). American context for trilingualism: Possibilities for Intercomprehension in the dual language programs of Glendale Unified School District. Invited presentation at the New Audiences for Italian: Italian for Spanish Speakers through Intercomprehension workshop, Istituto Italiano di Cultura [Italian Cultural Institute], Los Angeles, October 27.

Montanari, S. & Hartel, A. (2012). An Italian-English dual language program in Southern California: Challenges, benefits, and preliminary results. Paper presented at the International Conference on Bilingual and Multilingual Interaction, Bangor, Wales, March 30-April 1.

Montanari, S., Subrahmanyam, K., Zepeda, M., & Rodriguez, C. (2012). English and Spanish phonological skills in Spanish-English dual-language preschoolers. Poster presented at the International Conference on Bilingual and Multilingual Interaction, Bangor, Wales, March 30-April 1.

Montanari, S. (2011). Language transfer in the case of cognate languages: Evidence from developing trilingual children. Invited presentation at California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, November 4.

Montanari, S. (2011). Phonological differentiation before age two in a Tagalog-Spanish-English trilingual child. International Journal of Multilingualism, 8(1), 5-21.

Montanari, S., Ribas, Y., Castellanos, A., & Gonzalez, A. (2011). English phonological skills in Spanish-English dual language learners. Paper presented at the 8th International Symposium on Bilingualism, Oslo, Norway, June 15-18.

Montanari, S. (2011). Italian-English bilingualism in infancy and early childhood. Invited presentation at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura [Italian Cultural Institute], Los Angeles, October 22.

Montanari, S. (2010). Language differentiation in early trilingual development: Evidence from a case study. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller.

Montanari, S. (2010). Translation equivalents and the emergence of multiple lexicons in early trilingual development. First Language, 30(1), 102-125.

Montanari, S., Subrahmanyam, K., Zepeda, M., Castellanos, A., & Ribas, Y. (2010). English phonetic inventories in Head Start Spanish-English bilingual children. Poster presented at the Head Start’s 10th National Research Conference, Washington, DC, June 21-23.

Montanari, S. (2009). Multi-word combinations and the emergence of differentiated ordering patterns in early trilingual development. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 12(4), 503-519.

Montanari, S. (2009). Pragmatic differentiation in early trilingual development. Journal of Child Language, 36, 597-627.

Montanari, S. (2009). Phonological differentiation in early trilingual development. Paper presented at the 7th International Symposium on Bilingualism, Utrecht, The Netherlands, July 8-11.

Silva-Corvalán, C. S., & Montanari, S. (2008). Copula acquisition in Spanish-English dual language development. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 11(3), 341-360.

Montanari, S. (2008). Tagalog, Spanish or English? Language choice, mixing, and negotiation in early trilingual development. Poster presented at the International Conference on Models of Interaction in Bilinguals, Bangor, Wales, October 24-26.

Montanari, S. (2008) Language differentiation in early trilingual development: Evidence from a case study. Paper presented at the XI International Congress for the Study of Child Language, Edinburgh, Scotland, 28 July – 1 August.

Corvalán, C. S., & Montanari, S. (2007). Copula acquisition in Spanish-English dual language development. Paper presented at the Sixth International Symposium on Bilingualism, Hamburg, Germany, May 30 - June 2.

Montanari, S. (2007). Syntactic differentiation in early trilingual development. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Anaheim, California, January 4-7.

Montanari, S. (2005.) Phonological differentiation in early trilingual development: Evidence from a case study. Paper presented at the Fifth International Symposium on Bilingualism, Barcelona, Spain, March 20-23.

Montanari, S. (2004). The development of narrative competence in the L1 and L2 of Spanish-English bilingual children. International Journal of Bilingualism, 8(4), 449-497.

Montanari, S., Yildirim, S., Andersen E., and Narayanan, S. (2004). Reference marking in children’s computer-directed speech: An integrated analysis of discourse and gestures. Poster presented at the 8th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, Jeju, Korea, October 4-8.

Montanari, S., Yildirim, S., Khurana, S., Landes, M., Lawyer, L., Andersen, E., and Narayanan, S. (2004). Analyzing the interplay between spoken language and gestural cues in conversational child-machine interactions in pre/early literate age groups. Poster presented at the InSTIL/ICALL Symposium - NLP and Speech Technologies in Advanced Language Learning Systems, University of Venice, Venice, Italy, June 17-19.

Montanari, S. (2004). Multi-word combinations in early trilingual development: One or separate syntactic systems? Paper presented at the Stanford Child Language Research Forum, Stanford University, California, April 16-17.

Montanari, S. (2004). Translation equivalents in early trilingual development: One or separate lexical systems? Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Boston, Massachusetts, January 8-11.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
Ph.D. Linguistics, 2006
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

M.A. Linguistics, 2002
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

B.A. Foreign Languages and Literature, 1999
Università degli Studi di Bologna
Bologna, Italy