Pasquale Rinaldi's research focuses on the study of cognitive and linguistic processes in typical and atypical development, from birth to adolescence. He has also contributed to the construction and validation of dedicated tools, for the evaluation of linguistic development in spoken language and in sign lanugage, and to developing lexical databases. He conducts research on processes underlying language acquisition in monolingual children, bilingual children and deaf children.
With regard to monolingual children his research is focused on the role of actions/gestures during early stages of language acquisition and on the linguistic continuum among motor action schemes and words comprehension and production.
In relation to bilingualism, Pasquale has studied the use of Italian language in adolescents with foreign parents and is more recently investigating the acquisition of foreign languages as well as Italian in Italian children with migrant parents.
Regarding deaf children, Pasquale is focusing on spoken and signed language acquisition in deaf children with hearing aids and with cochlear implant, with a special interest on bimodal bilingualism, i.e. bilingualism in people who are acquiring one spoken language and one signed language.
Furthermore, Pasquale develops tools to evaluate linguistic skills in people who use sign language.
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