Bio

I have been at Tilburg University since the 1990's and am now a professor in the Department of Culture Studies. I work on multiculturalism, more specifically on how it affects people's communication habits and their language use. I teach about these topics in the BA and MA programs Online Culture and in the Research MA that Tilburg shares with Radboud University Nijmegen, on Language and Communication. I'm also one of the coordinators of that program. In my research I work together with PhD students and colleagues here and abroad, and I am currently the editor of an international journal on bilingualism.  My main scientific interest is in how to combine the many different academic disciplines that, often independently, contribute insights about multiculturalism, and how to translate that into my teaching.

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Recent publications

  1. Usage-based approaches

    Backus, A. (2021). Usage-based approaches. In E. Adamou, & Y. Matras (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Language Contact (pp. 110-126). (Routledge Handbooks in Linguistics). Routledge.
  2. Language contact does not drive gesture transfer - Heritage speakers …

    Azar, Z., Backus, A., & Özyürek, A. (2020). Language contact does not drive gesture transfer: Heritage speakers maintain language specific gesture patterns in each language. Bilingualism, 23(2), 414-428.
  3. Turkish-Dutch bilinguals maintain language-specific reference trackin…

    Azar, Z., Özyürek, A., & Backus, A. (2020). Turkish-Dutch bilinguals maintain language-specific reference tracking strategies in elicited narratives. International Journal of Bilingualism, 24(2), 376-409.
  4. L2 knowledge facilitating L3 learning: the role of Russian linguistic…

    Branets, A., & Backus, A. (2020). L2 knowledge facilitating L3 learning: the role of Russian linguistic factors in understanding of Ukrainian by Estonians: [K2 oskus soodustamas K3 omandamist: vene keele roll eesti keelt esimese keelena kõnelejatel ukraina keele mõistmises]. Philologia Estonica Tallinnensis, 5, 59-86.
  5. Stereotyping language choice in times of conflict - Online Ukrainian …

    Zvyeryeva, O., & Backus, A. (2020). Stereotyping language choice in times of conflict: Online Ukrainian discourse about the use of Russian and Ukrainian. Journal of Multilingual Theories and Practices, 1(2), 340-364.

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