Spotlight: Dr Napoleon Katsos

Dr Napoleon Katsos

 

Napoleon Katsos is a Lecturer in the Department for Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (DTAL) at the University of Cambridge. Multilingualism presents key challenges to psychometric assessment, particularly in the development of scales for the assessment of Speech and Language difficulties. Napoleon's research focuses on semantics and pragmatics, especially the meaning of quantifiers, number words, logical connectives, and definite expressions.

Together with colleagues at the Centre for General Linguistics in Berlin and COST (The European Cooperation in Science and Technology), he is participating in a programme that addresses multilingualism in the emerging European Community, with a particular concern for the diagnostic needs of young second language learners. These children often produce language patterns that resemble those of children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI). This presents a challenge to the diagnosis of SLI in bilingual children, particularly immigrants from other European countries and internationally.