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Elin Thordardottir

Associate Professor

elin [dot] thordardottir [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Child Language Development & Disorders Lab

Education

BA Communicative Disorders, University of Wisconsin - Madison
MSc Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, University of Wisconsin - Madison
PhD Communicative Disorders, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Research Interests

Language development and language disorders in children with emphasis on assessment and intervention. In particular: language development and language disorders in children speaking English, French and Icelandic, and bilingual children; development of language assessment tools and methods for children speaking French and Icelandic, and for bilingual children; cross-linguistic comparison of normal and impaired language developemnt; intervention methods for monolingual and bilingual children.

Recent Publications

Elin Thordardottir, Kehayia, E., Lessard, N., Sutton, A. & Trudeau, N. (2010). Typical performance on tests of language knowledge and language processing of French-speaking 5-year-olds. Canadian Journal of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, 34, 5-16.

Elin Thordardottir (2009). Fallorðaspilið [The case-marking game] (Sylvía Guðmundsdóttir, Ed.). Kópavogur, Iceland: Námsgagnastofnun.

Webster, R., Erdos, C., Evans, K., Majnemer, A., Saigal, G., Kehayia, E., Elin Thordardottir, Evans, A., & Shevell, M. (2008). Neurological and magnetic resonance imaging findings in children with developmental language impairment. Journal of Child Neurology, 23 (8), 870-877.

Elin Thordardottir (2008). Language specific effects of task demands on the manifestation of specific language impairment: A comparison of English and Icelandic. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 51, 922-937.

Elin Thordardottir (2008). L’évaluation du langage des enfants bilingues. Fréquences, 20, 19-22.

Royle, P. & Thordardottir (2008). Elicitation of the passé composé in French preschoolers with and without SLI. Applied Psycholinguistics, 29, 341-365.

Elin Thordardottir (2007). Móðurmál og tvítyngi [Mother tongue and bilingualism]. In Hanna Ragnarsdóttir, Elsa Sigríður Jónsdóttir & Magnús Þorkell Bernharðsson (Eds.), Fjölmenning á Íslandi [Multiculturalism in Iceland] (pp. 101-128). Reykjavik: Rannsóknastofa í fjölmenningarfræðum KHÍ & Háskólaútgáfan [College of Education Research Center on Multiculturalism, and University of Iceland Press].

Elin Thordardottir & Namazi, M. (2007), Specific language impairment in French-speaking children: Beyond grammatical morphology. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 50, 698-715.

Elin Thordardottir (2007). Effective intervention for specific language impairment. In Elin Thordardottir (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Language and Literacy Development (pp. 1-8). London, ON: Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network. Published on-line 2007-05-24. http/www.literacyencyclopedia.ca

Elin Thordardottir, Rothenberg, A., Rivard, M.-E., & Naves. R. (2006). Bilingual assessment: Can overall proficiency be estimated from separate measurement of two languages? Journal of Multilingual Communication Disorders, 4 (1),1-21.

Elin Thordardottir (2006, August). Language intervention from a bilingual mindset. The ASHA Leader, 11(10), 6-7, 20-21.

Webster, R., Erdos, C., Evans, K., Majnemer, A., Kehayia, E., Elin Thordardottir, Evans, A., & Shevell, M. (2006). The clinical spectrum of developmental language impairment in school-age children: Language, cognitive and motor findings. Pediatrics, 118 (5), 1541-1549.

Lattermann, C., Shenker, R. & Elin Thordardottir (2005). Progression of language complexity during treatment with the Lidcombe program for early stuttering intervention. American journal of Speech Language pathology, 14, 242-253

Kay-Raining Bird, E., Cleave, P., Trudeau, N., Thordardottir, E., Sutton, A. & Thorpe, A. (2005). The language abilities of bilingual children with Down Syndrome. American Journal of Speech Language Pathology, 14, 187-199.

Elin Thordardottir (2005). Early lexical and syntactic development in Quebec French and English: Implications for cross-linguistic and bilingual assessment. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 40, 243-278.

Elin Thordardottir (2005). Language intervention from a bilingual mindset. Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, 12 (2), 17-22.

Elin Thordardottir (2004). Tvítyngi et ekkert til að óttast. Talfræðingurinn, 18, 5-7.

Elin Thordardottir, & Ellis Weismer, S. (2002). Verb argument structure weakness in specific language impairment in relation to age and utterance length. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 16, (4), 233-250.

Elin Thordardottir, Chapman, R. & Wagner, L. (2002). Complex sentence production by adolescents with down syndrome. Applied Psycholinguistics, 23, 163-183.

Elin Thordardottir & Ellis Weismer, S., & Evans, J. (2002). Continuity in lexical and morphological development in Icelandic and English-speaking 2 years-old. First Language, 22, 3-28.

Elin Thordardottir & Ellis Weismer, S. (2002). Content mazes and filled pauses in the spontaneous speech of school-aged children with specific language impairment. Brain and cognition, 48, 587-592.

Ellis Weismer, S. & Elin Thordardottir (2002). Cognition and language. In P. Accardo, B. Rogers, & A. Capute (Eds.), Disorders of language development (Ch 2, pp. 21-37). Timonium, MD: York Press, Inc.

Elin Thordardottir & Ellis Weismer, S. (2001). High-frequency verbs and verb diversity in the spontaneous speech of school-age children with specific language impairment. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 36, 221-244.

Elin Thordardottir (1998). Orðaskil: Málþroskapróf. [Parent report language measure for Icelandic toddlers]. Reykjavik: Framsaga. Available from Talþjálfun Reykjavíkur, Bolholti 6, Reykjavik, Iceland.

Elin Thordardottir & Ellis Weismer, S. (1998). Mean length of utterance and other language sample measures in early Icelandic. First Language, 18, 1-32.

Elin Thordardottir, Ellis Weismer, S. & Smith, M.E. (1997). Vocabulary learning in monolingual and bilingual clinical intervention. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 13 (3), 215-227.

Elin Thordardottir & Ellis Weismer, S. (1996). Language assessment via parent report: Development of a screening instrument for Icelandic children. First Language, 16, 265-285.