Dr Daniela R Gatt

Dr Daniela R Gatt

Dr Daniela R Gatt


Senior Lecturer

Room 23
Faculty of Health Science,
Block A, Level 1
Mater Dei Hospital
  +356 2340 1101
Dr Daniela Gatt graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Communication Therapy from the University of Malta in 1995. She subsequently practised as a speech-language pathologist in a range of settings that included community clinics, a special school and a geriatric hospital. She obtained her M.Ed. (Bilingualism in Education) from the University of Birmingham in 2001.
She is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Communication Therapy of the Faculty of Health Sciences. She lectures on Developmental Language Disorders, Prevention and Early Intervention of Communication Disorders, Clinical Semantics and on Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in the Early Years, among others.
She was awarded a Ph.D. by the University of Malta in 2010. Her thesis investigated early vocabulary production in children brought up in Maltese-speaking families. In 2007, her doctoral research earned her the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics Student Award for Excellence in Research. Her present research interests include the language skills of bilingual children with and without language impairment, as well as the early identification of bilingual language delay.
She is a member of the European Network on Communicative Development Inventories and of the Research Consortium Development of a Novel Device to Support Children with Language Impairment in a Bilingual Context (SPEECHIE) (Project R&I-2015-042 funded by the Malta Council for Science and Technology through the Technology Development Programme 2016). She is an Associate Editor of the Malta Journal of Health Sciences.
  • • language development in bilingual children with and without language impairment
  • • early identification of bilingual language delay

GATT, D., BALDACCHINO, R. and DODD, B., 2020. Which measure of socioeconomic status best predicts bilingual lexical abilities and how? A focus on four-year-olds exposed to two majority languages. Journal of child language, , pp. 1-29.

DROZD, K., ANDELKOVIĆ, D., SAVIĆ, M., TOŠKOVIĆ, O., GAVARRÓ, A., LITE, A., HRŽICA, G., KOVAČEVIĆ, M., KUVAČ KRALJEVIĆ, J. and SKORDI, A., 2019. A Crosslinguistic study of symmetrical judgments.

GATT, D. and DODD, B., 2019. Preschoolers’ lexical skills in two majority languages: Is there evidence for the onset of sequential bilingualism? International Journal of Bilingualism, , pp. 1367006919826408.

GATT, D., 2017. Bilingual vocabulary production in young children receiving Maltese-dominant exposure: individual differences and the influence of demographic and language exposure factors. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 20(2), pp. 163-182.

GATT, D., ATTARD, D., ŁUNIEWSKA, M. and HAMAN, E., 2017. The effects of bilingual status on lexical comprehension and production in Maltese five-year-old children: A LITMUS-CLT study. Clinical linguistics & phonetics, 31(11-12), pp. 844-873.

GATT, D. and O’TOOLE, C., 2017. Risk and protective environmental factors for early bilingual language acquisition. Taylor & Francis.

O’TOOLE, C., GATT, D., HICKEY, T.M., MIĘKISZ, A., HAMAN, E., ARMON-LOTEM, S., RINKER, T., OHANA, O., DOS SANTOS, C. and KERN, S., 2017. Parent report of early lexical production in bilingual children: a cross-linguistic CDI comparison. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 20(2), pp. 124-145.

GATT, D., GRECH, H. and DODD, B., 2016. Early lexical expression in children exposed to mixed input: A case of monolingual or bilingual development? International Journal of Bilingualism, 20(6), pp. 639-665.

KATSOS, N., CUMMINS, C., EZEIZABARRENA, M., GAVARRÓ, A., KRALJEVIĆ, J.K., HRZICA, G., GROHMANN, K.K., SKORDI, A., DE LOPEZ, K.J. and SUNDAHL, L., 2016. Cross-linguistic patterns in the acquisition of quantifiers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(33), pp. 9244-9249.

ŁUNIEWSKA, M., HAMAN, E., ARMON-LOTEM, S., ETENKOWSKI, B., SOUTHWOOD, F., ANĐELKOVIĆ, D., BLOM, E., BOERMA, T., CHIAT, S. and DE ABREU, P.E., 2016. Ratings of age of acquisition of 299 words across 25 languages: Is there a cross-linguistic order of words? Behavior research methods, 48(3), pp. 1154-1177.

MAGDALENA, L., HAMAN, E., LOTEM, S.A., ETENKOWSKI, B., SOUTHWOOD, F., ANDJELKOVIC, D., BLOOM, E., BOERMA, T., CHIAT, S. and DE ABREU, P.E., 2016. Ratings of age of acquisition of 299 words across 25 languages: Is there a cross-linguistic order og words? Behavior Research Methods (print Edition), 48(3), pp. 1154-1177.

SAUERLAND, U., GROHMANN, K.K., GUASTI, M.T., ANĐELKOVIĆ, D., ARGUS, R., ARMON-LOTEM, S., AROSIO, F., AVRAM, L., COSTA, J. and DABAŠINSKIENĖ, I., 2016. How do 5-year-olds understand questions? Differences in languages across Europe. First Language, 36(3), pp. 169-202.

TABONE, N., MAGRI, C., V., GRECH, H., GATT, D. and BAMIOU, D., 2016. Auditory and language processing skills in Maltese children: a comparative study. Malta Journal of Health Sciences, 3, pp. 52-65.

COPPINI, C. and GATT, D., 2015. The development of early expressive vocabulary in children with Down Syndrome. Malta Journal of Health Sciences, 2(2), pp. 35-43.

GATT, D., O’TOOLE, C. and HAMAN, E., 2015. Using Parental Report to Assess Early Lexical Production in Children Exposed to More than One. Assessing multilingual children: Disentangling bilingualism from language impairment, 13, pp. 151.

GALDES, M. and GATT, D., 2014. Speech and language skills of Maltese children with bilateral cochlear implants: three case studies. Malta Journal of Health Sciences, 1(2), pp. 60-68.

GATT, D., GRECH, H. and DODD, B., 2014. Early expressive vocabulary skills: A multi-method approach to measurement. First Language, 34(2), pp. 136-154.

GATT, D., GRECH, H. and DODD, B., 2013. Early lexical expression in typically developing Maltese children: implications for the identification of language delay. Clinical linguistics & phonetics, 27(6-7), pp. 459-471.

KATSOS, N., EZEIZABARRENA, M., GAVARRO, A., KRALJEVIC, J.K., HRZICA, G., GROHMANN, K.K., SKORDI, A., LOPEZ, K.J.D., SUNDAHL, L. and VAN HOUT, A., 2012. The acquisition of quantification across languages: Some predictions.

GATT, D., LETTS, C. and KLEE, T., 2008. Lexical mixing in the early productive vocabularies of Maltese children: Implications for intervention. Clinical linguistics & phonetics, 22(4-5), pp. 267-274.

GATT, D., 2007. Establishing the concurrent validity of a vocabulary checklist for young Maltese children. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, 59(6), pp. 297-305.

  • CMT1101 - Introduction to Semantics for Communication Therapy (CT) Students
  • CMT1103 - Typical Development between 0 and 5 Years
  • CMT2048 - Specific Language Disorders in Childhood (including Developmental Speech Disorders and Written Language Disorders)
  • CMT3042 - Prevention and Early Intervention of Communication Difficulties
  • CMT3047 - Clinical Semantics and Pragmatics
  • CMT4514 - Language Pathology and Communication Therapy 1
  • CMT5007 - Models of Service Delivery
  • EPE2003 - Sharing Responsibilities with Families and Pluralistic Communities in Early Childhood Education
  • IHC2014 - Communication Skills for Health Professions
Research work in progress:
Dr Gatt is currently investigating the lexical development of Maltese-speaking children as they receive systematic exposure to the English language through schooling. This research project is being funded by the University of Malta.

Involvement in projects:
Within the COST Action IS0804 research network, Dr Gatt is involved in cross-linguistic research on the vocabulary size of bilingual children aged 24 to 35 months. Dr Gatt is also contributing to another cross-linguistic study within the same Action that addresses lexical processing in bilingual preschoolers.