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Professor of Language Development and Multilingualism, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Elma Blom is Professor in Language Development and Multilingualism in family and educational contexts at the Department of Education and Pedagogy at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She studies the parallel development of multiple languages, linguistic and cognitive effects of bilingualism, predictors of language development, the distinction between language delays and language impairments, and works on the improvement of diagnostic instruments for multilingual children. She is leader of several research projects on language development and multilingualism (e.g., NWO Vidi research programme Cognitive Development in the Context of Emerging Bilingualism: Cultural Minority Children in the Netherlands) and involved in the Dynamics of Youth 1001 Critical Days project, editor of several special issues and volumes on language development and multilingualism, and Action Editor of the Journal of Child Language. She has ongoing national and international collaborations with colleagues at Maastricht University, University of Amsterdam, University of Alberta, University of Edinburgh, University of Bergen and Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv.

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