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Jürgen M. MeiselJürgen M. Meisel is Emeritus Professor of Romance Linguistics at the University of Hamburg (Germany)m Adjunct Professor in the Department of Linguistics, Languages and Cultures and Distinguished Fellow in the Language Research Centre at the University of Calgary. In 2004, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Faculty of Humanities, Lund University (Sweden). He directed the Research Center on Multilingualism at the University of Hamburg from its foundation in 1999 through 2006, and he is a founding editor of the journal Bilingualism: Language and Cognition. His main research areas are bilingual first language acquisition, naturalistic second language acquisition by children and adults, Romance syntax, and historical linguistics. For over 30 years, he has been involved in counselling parents and daycare centres on how to raise children bilingually.


Dr. Rahat Naqvi is an Associate Professor in Second Language Pedagogy at the Faculty of Education, University of Calgary. She holds a PhD in Didactics of Languages and Cultures from the Université de la Sorbonne, Paris. She has taught in various international settings that include the National Institute for Oriental Languages, Université de la Sorbonne, Paris and most recently at the University of Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany. Dr. Naqvi is the Associate Director of the Language Research Center at the University of Calgary. Her focused fields of expertise are primarily in language and literacy pedagogy, identity issues and emergent literacy. In 2009, Dr. Naqvi was chosen to participate in the prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program sponsored by the U.S. State Department.