Your participation in this study is completely voluntary, and you have the right to withdraw at any point without having to provide a reason. Your data will be kept confidential and securely scored, with only an anonymous number to identify it. All the findings resulting from the project will be disseminated and reported (e.g. in peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, conference presentations, public engagement activities, etc.) as group results and will not be personally identifiable. More detailed information on data protection at University of Konstanz may be found on the data protection website:


Data protection information as per Article 13 GDPR

1. Responsible authority

University of Konstanz

represented by the Rector Prof. Dr. Katharina Holzinger

Universitätsstraße 10

78464 Konstanz

Tel.: +49 7531 88-0


Internal responsibility:

Prof. Dr. Theodoros Marinis

Chair of Multilingualism

University of Konstanz

Department of Linguistics

78457 Konstanz


2. Data Protection Officer

Irina Weiß


3. Categories of data processed

We process your name, email address, and date of birth.

Additional data processed during the experimental sessions:

  • data on language history (age of acquisition, length of exposure, language proficiency and use) through a questionnaire,
  • data on comprehension of sentences (response accuracy) and reaction times (looking times in milliseconds)
  • audio recordings of sentence productions

4. Purpose and scope of data processing

As part of the research project Processing and Production in Heritage Speakers: The Role of Disambiguating Cues (Grant Agreement number: 101026216 — ProHeritageSpeakers — H2020-MSCA-IF-2020) at the University of Konstanz, the processing and production of sentences in monolingual and bilingual children and adults is investigated. This includes information on language history in a questionnaire, data on comprehension and production of sentences and also their reaction times. Such information is necessary for the implementation of the research project; without this information, participation in the research project is not possible. There are no disadvantages in the event of non-participation.

We process your email to contact you again, if necessary, in case of queries for the study in question. As a rule, however, queries are rarely necessary. You will not suffer any disadvantages if you cannot be reached for queries.

We process your name and date of birth as proof of payment for participation in the study and in line with the obligation to keep records and other supporting documentation in order to prove the proper implementation of the project and the costs it declares as eligible as per Article 18 of GA Number 101026216 — ProHeritageSpeakers — H2020-MSCA-IF-2020.

5. Legal basis

For the research project: Art. 6 Para. 1 lit. e in conjunction with Art. 6 Para. 3 and Art. 9 Para. 2 lit. j), Art. 89 Basic Data Protection Regulation (DS- GVO) in conjunction with § 13 Para.1 State Data Protection Law Baden-Württemberg and consent according to Art. 6, Para. 1 lit. a., Art. 9 Para. 2 lit. a. DS-GVO.

For the accounting of remuneration: Art. 6 para. 1 lit. c) DS-GVO in conjunction with §§ 70, 75 Landeshaushaltsordnung.

6. Recipient

E-mail address: Within the university, the Principal Investigator (Dr. Anamaria Jeker Bentea) and a research assistant have access to the email of the participants.

7. Duration of storage

All personal data and anonymised research data will be retained for five years after the end of the project.

Upon publication of manuscripts based on the results of the project, parts of the anonymised research data (looking times in milliseconds, response accuracy scores, transcribed sentence productions) will be made available to the research community through a publicly-accessible file-sharing service like the Open Science Framework repository. This data will not contain any information related to participants.

8. Right to object according to Art. 21 DS-GVO

You have the right to object to the processing of personal data relating to you at any time on grounds relating to your particular situation.

In this case, we will no longer process this data unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds that override your interests, rights and freedoms, or the processing serves to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.

9. Your further rights

You have the right to obtain information from the University of Konstanz about the data stored about you and/or to have incorrectly stored data corrected.

You also have the right to request deletion or restriction of processing.

You also have the right to revoke your consent at any time, whereby the lawfulness of the processing carried out on the basis of the consent up to the revocation is not affected.

To do so, please contact the following person in each case: Anamaria Jeker Bentea (

You have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority if you believe that the processing of personal data concerning you is in breach of the law.

The supervisory authority in Baden-Württemberg is the State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information Baden-Württemberg (