prof. dr. M.C.J. (Merel) Keijzer

Professor of English Linguistics and English as a Second Language (ESL) / Rosalind Franklin Fellow

prof. dr. M.C.J. (Merel) Keijzer
+31 50 36 37537 (Telephone)
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  1. 2020
  2. Brouwer, J., Berg, van den, F., Loerts, H., Knooihuizen, R., & Keijzer, M. (2020). Foreign Language Learning as an Innovative Healthy Aging Tool. Abstract from Aletta's Talent Network Junior Research Meet-Up, Groningen, Netherlands.
  3. Keijzer, M. (2020). Cognitieve, talige en sociale effecten van het leren van vreemde talen in ouderen. Paper presented at WAP-Symposium Taal en het Brein, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  4. 2019
  5. Keijzer, M. (2019). Een nieuwe taal leren als middel om gezond ouder te worden? Het verband tussen meertaligheid en volksgezondheid. Paper presented at KNAW Symposium Meertalig Nederland, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  6. Keijzer, M. (2019). A lifetime of controlling experiences: Bilingualism as an experience-dependent mechanism governing aging. Paper presented at Approaches to migration, language and identity, Essen, Germany.
  7. Kopke, B., & Keijzer, M. (2019). Psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic approaches to language attrition. In M. S. Schmid, & B. Kopke (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Language Attrition (pp. 63-72). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  8. Berg, van den, F., Rossi, E., Keijzer, M., & Kroll, J. (2019). Boosting cognition in older adults by means of foreign language learning. Poster session presented at Tabu dag 2019, Groningen, Netherlands.
  9. 2018
  10. Brouwer, J., Dirix, N., Keijzer, M., & Woumans, E. (2018). Investigating affective processing in the second language using the Ghent Eye-Tracking Corpus. Poster session presented at Conference on Multilingualism 2018, Ghent, Belgium.
  11. Eyer, I., Rossi, E., Keijzer, M., Kroll, J. F., & Berg, van den, F. (2018). The linguistic and neural effects or short-term novel language learning: the role of exposure. Paper presented at Conference on Multilingualism 2018, Ghent, Belgium.
  12. Nijmeijer, S., Keijzer, M., & van Tol, M. -J. (Accepted/In press). Foreign language training in seniors to prevent old-age disorders. Poster session presented at CoNSALL: Cognitive Neuroscience of Second and Artificial Language Learning, Bangor, United Kingdom.
  13. Keijzer, M., & de Bot, C. (2018). Unlearning and relearning of languages from childhood to late adulthood. In A. de Houwer, & L. Ortega (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Bilingualism (pp. 267-286). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  14. 2017
  15. Pot, A., Keijzer, M., & de Bot, C. (2017). Enhancing language awareness in migrants' third age to promote well-being. In D. Gabrys-Barker (Ed.), Third Age Learners of Foreign Languages (pp. 176-200). Multilingual Matters Ltd.
  16. Keijzer, M., & Tol, van, M. J. (2017). Learning to preserve: Foreign language therapy as a cognitive vaccine to prevent old-age disorders. Poster session presented at Bi/multilingualism and the declining brain, Reading, United Kingdom.
  17. Keijzer, M. (2017). First language reversion among older healthy migrants: Fact or fable? . Paper presented at AAAL - American Association of Applied Linguistics, Portland OR, United States.
  18. Keijzer, M. (2017). Bilingualism and Healthy Aging. Paper presented at Merhsprachigkeitskolloquium, Dortmund, Germany.
  19. Keijzer, M. (2017). Bilingualism in older adulthood. Paper presented at Invited lecture series University of Munster, Munster, Germany.
  20. Keijzer, M., & Schmid, M. (2017). Individual differences in cognitive control advantages of elderly late Dutch-English bilinguals. In E. Bialystok, & M. D. Sullivan (Eds.), Growing old with two languages: Effects of bilingualism on cognitive aging (pp. 77-98). (Studies in Bilingualism; Vol. 53). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishers.
  21. 2016
  22. Keijzer, M. (2016). Plenary address: Aging attriters: How methodological challenges can help construct bilingual theories . Paper presented at International Conference on Language Attrition 3, Colchester, United Kingdom.
  23. Keijzer, M. (2016). How new words (don't) become memories: Lexicalization in advanced L1 Dutch learners of L2 English. Paper presented at AAAL - American Association of Applied Linguistics, Orlando, United States.
  24. Keijzer, M. (2016). Invited talk: Individual differences in cognitive control advantages of elderly late Dutch-English bilinguals. Paper presented at Amsterdam Center for Language and Cognition lecture series, Amsterdam , Netherlands.
  25. Keijzer, M. (2016, Jan). Taalverwerving in meerlingen. Nederlandse Vereniging voor Ouders van Meerlingen (NVOM) Infomeerling webpages.
  26. 2015
  27. Keijzer, M. (2015). Individual differences in cognitive and language control among late, aging Dutch-English bilinguals. Paper presented at ML4U workshop - Multilingualism across the Lifespan, Gent, Belgium.
  28. Keijzer, M. (2015). Language attrition: Where are we and where are we going? . Paper presented at Language and speech colloquium on attrition, Nijmegen, Netherlands.
  29. Keijzer, M. (2015). Code-switching behavior of late Dutch-English bilinguals and its relation to inhibition task outcomes. Paper presented at Anéla 2015 Conferentie Toegepaste Taalwetenschap, Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands.
  30. Keijzer, M. (2015). From emigrant to expat: Changed perspectives on first language attrition in a digital era. Paper presented at AILA Europe Conference, Winterthur, Switzerland.
  31. 2014
  32. Keijzer, M. (2014). Are good learners also good forgetters? A retrieval induced forgetting perspective of L1 attrition in an L2 immersed context. Paper presented at Language development across the lifespan lecture series (LANSPAN), Groningen, Netherlands.
  33. Keijzer, M. (2014). Bilingual language use: Consequences for usage-based theories of language development. Paper presented at Georgetown University Round Table of Languages and Linguistics , Washington DC, United States.
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