We are Tilburg University

We are Tilburg University

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. Heritage Languages - A language contact approach

    Aalberse, S., Backus, A., & Muysken, P. (2019). Heritage Languages: A language contact approach. (Studies in Bilingualism; Vol. 53). Amsterdam: Benjamins.
  2. Partially schematic constructions as engines of development - Evidenc…

    Backus, A., Endesfelder Quick, A., & Lieven, E. (2019). Partially schematic constructions as engines of development: Evidence from German-English bilingual acquisition. In E. Zenner, A. Backus, & E. Winter-Froemel (Eds.), Cognitive Contact Linguistics. Placing usage, meaning and mind at the core of contact-induced variation and change. (pp. 279-303)
  3. Entrenchment and productivity - The role of input in the code-mixing …

    Endesfelder Quick, A., Hartmann, S., Backus, A., & Lieven, E. (2019). Entrenchment and productivity: The role of input in the code-mixing of a German-English bilingual child. Applied Linguistic Review.
  4. Slot and frame schemas in the language of a Polish and English speaki…

    Gaskins, D., Backus, A., & Quick, A. (2019). Slot and frame schemas in the language of a Polish and English speaking child: the impact of usage patterns on the switch placement. Languages, 4(8).
  5. Variation is information - Analyses of variation across items, partic…

    Verhagen, V., Mos, M., Schilperoord, J., & Backus, A. (2019). Variation is information: Analyses of variation across items, participants, time, and methods in metalinguistic judgment data. Linguistics, 1-45.

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