Department of Language and Linguistics

Our research students

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Discover the research students in the Department of Language and Linguistics

Our research students investigate a broad range of exciting topics and are supervised by our academic staff.

To visit an individual research student's profile and find their contact details, please click on the links below:

Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs)

Stephanie Aedo Vega
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Language and Linguistics
Ask me about: Bilingualism; Lexical Processing ; Second language acquisition ; Language disorders
Hong Bui
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Language and Linguistics
Fernando Bustos Lopez
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Affect in foreign language learning and teaching; Individual differences in second language learning; Foreign language teachers and learners' emotions
Pauna-Claudia Cojocaru
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Language and Linguistics
Julia Heimann
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Language and Linguistics
Ask me about: Bilingualism; Language Processing; Syntax; Eye-Tracking; Syntactical Ambiguity; Working Memory (Constraints); Executive Control Research interests: Bilingualism; Language Processing; Syntax; Eye-Tracking; Syntactical Ambiguity; Working Memory (Constraints); Executive Control
Fate O'Gara
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Psychology of Language; Language and Meaning
Shannan O'Neill
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Language and Linguistics
Renato Pavlekovic
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Language and Linguistics
Ask me about: Explicit and implicit knowledge ; Language learning aptitude; RT measures in applied linguistics Research interests: Explicit and implicit knowledge and learning; Individual learners differences in SLA, in particular language aptitude and working memory; RT measures in applied linguistics
Mercedes Sanchez
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Language and Linguistics
Stamatia Savvani
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Language and Linguistics
Ehsan Solaimani Dahanesari
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Language and Linguistics
Ask me about: working memory constraints in second language processing; generative second language acquisition; similarity-based interference
Concepción Soto García-Meléndez
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Language and Linguistics
Ask me about: Language Attrition; Eye-tracking technology Research interests: Bilingual lexical processing; Language Attrition and Heritage languages; Eye-tracking technology in Applied Linguistics; Cross-linguistic interactions and Code-Switching
Claudia Tapia Castillo
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Language and Linguistics
Willem Van Boxtel
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Language and Linguistics
Ask me about: Effects of aging and dementia on language; Bilingual cognition; Language disorders; Experimental linguistics Research interests: Normal/clinical aging and linguistics; Bilingualism and cognition; Experimental linguistics
Ioanna Vasilopoulou
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Dyslexia & Reading Competence; Second Language Learning & Learning Difficulties ; Achievement Emotions & Language Anxiety
Sharaf Yassin
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Language and Linguistics

Research students

Stephanie Aedo Vega
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Ask me about: Bilingualism; Lexical Processing ; Second language acquisition ; Language disorders
Sara Al Sheyadi
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Huda Al Taisan
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Mohammed Alftayeh
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Fatema Alharthy
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Maryam Alrashidi
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Saqib Aziz
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Karolina Baranowska
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Robert Bird
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Sylvia Broughton
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Hong Bui
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Angela Burgess
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Ask me about: Language and Linguistics Babylab; Module LG115 - Child Language Development; Child Language Acquisition (preverbal infants); Infant-directed Speech
Fernando Bustos Lopez
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Affect in foreign language learning and teaching; Individual differences in second language learning; Foreign language teachers and learners' emotions
Bingxin Cai
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Pauna-Claudia Cojocaru
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Laurence Craven
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Helga Donnerer
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Fiona Elsted
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Teacher Training; Teacher Development; The Transition from Teaching General English to EAP; Teacher Reflection; The relationship between academic locus of control and long-term perceived self-efficacy for academic writing in undergraduates
Xiaoduan Fan
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Ion Fong
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Eleni Galata
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Second language acquisition
Caroline Hawthorne
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Julia Heimann
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Ask me about: Bilingualism; Language Processing; Syntax; Eye-Tracking; Syntactical Ambiguity; Working Memory (Constraints); Executive Control Research interests: Bilingualism; Language Processing; Syntax; Eye-Tracking; Syntactical Ambiguity; Working Memory (Constraints); Executive Control
julia.heimann Heimann
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Tomohisa Hirano
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Giacomo Iazzetta
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Stephanie King
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Eunbi Kwon
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: L2 Motivation; English for Specific Purposes
Sophie Liggins
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Michel Mason
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Virtual conference presentation: Embedding the SDGs into TEFL and TESOL: A pilot study; Virtual conference presentation: The Multiplier Effect: Embedding the SDGs for transformative sustainable education; Conference presentation: Lecturers’ perceptions of student writers: Implications for academic literacy and EAP; Conference presentation: Perspectives on academic writing: L1 and L2 students’ experience within Healthcare and Hospitality Foundation degree programmes ; Conference presentation: Reflections on Welcome Week: The challenges mature students face when learning and making sense of academic conventions
Fate O'Gara
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Psychology of Language; Language and Meaning
Shannan O'Neill
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Jess Panton
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Renato Pavlekovic
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Ask me about: Explicit and implicit knowledge ; Language learning aptitude; RT measures in applied linguistics Research interests: Explicit and implicit knowledge and learning; Individual learners differences in SLA, in particular language aptitude and working memory; RT measures in applied linguistics
Pori Saikia
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Mercedes Sanchez
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Stamatia Savvani
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Carmen Silvestri
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Nicole Smith
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Ehsan Solaimani Dahanesari
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Ask me about: working memory constraints in second language processing; generative second language acquisition; similarity-based interference
Fiona Soliman
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Concepción Soto García-Meléndez
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Ask me about: Language Attrition; Eye-tracking technology Research interests: Bilingual lexical processing; Language Attrition and Heritage languages; Eye-tracking technology in Applied Linguistics; Cross-linguistic interactions and Code-Switching
James Spencer
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Claudia Tapia Castillo
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Amina Tchouar
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Willem Van Boxtel
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Ask me about: Effects of aging and dementia on language; Bilingual cognition; Language disorders; Experimental linguistics Research interests: Normal/clinical aging and linguistics; Bilingualism and cognition; Experimental linguistics
Ioanna Vasilopoulou
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Dyslexia & Reading Competence; Second Language Learning & Learning Difficulties ; Achievement Emotions & Language Anxiety
Zehui Weng
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
Sharaf Yassin
Postgraduate Research Student, Department of Language and Linguistics
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Department of Language and Linguistics University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 872083