Professor of Linguistics

University of Leeds

Prof. Cécile De Cat

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Cecile is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Leeds. Most of her research focuses on language development in monolingual and multilingual children and in multilingual adults. Questions she is interested in include: What aspects of language are more difficult to acquire (or easier to lose)? What predicts better/faster language outcomes in children? How does the Heritage Language (or Home Language) of bilingual children scaffold their acquisition of English? She is currently leading on projects (i) to create online tools to document bilingual children’s language experience (, (ii) to assess core language skills at KS3 ( and (iii) to understand individual variation in Heritage Language acquisition and maintenance (

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Cecile plays the accordion and the ukulele.

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