Elisabet Vila Borrellas
I was born in Berga, Catalonia and graduated with the degrees of Translation and Interpreting, and in Linguistics at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) in 2011. My interest on psycholinguistics led me to conduct my final project of the Linguistics degree about language in ASD children. I also worked as a technical staff in a phonetics and phonology project in UPF. In 2011, I started my master in Applied Linguistics and Language Acquisition in Multilingual Contexts at the Universitat de Barcelona, where I also started my PhD in the program on Cognitive Science and Language and, now, I am in the second year, under the supervision of Professor Joana Roselló Ximenes. Since I started my PhD, I am also a teacher in Secondary Compulsory Education.
My main research interest is the study of linguistic abnormalities across the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in order to achieve a more fine-grained linguistic profile through the spectrum. In more concrete terms, I am focused on the complexity of grammar in children with ASD between 6-12 years old. I compare their expressive and receptive language to typically developing children and specifically on different types of questions. I am working to the hypothesis that there is a correlation between this linguistic profile and the cognitive which can provide a better understanding of role of language in mind. Specifically, it is also expected a relation between the functionality and the complexity of the expressive and receptive language of children with ASD.