Dr Anna Piasecki

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  • Qualifications:Ph.D. (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)
  • Position:Deputy Head of School of Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education (ACE)
  • Telephone:+4411732 87141
  • Email:Anna.Piasecki@uwe.ac.uk

About me

I am currently leading the newly created School of Creative and Cultural Industries, which is home to an exciting range of programmes in the creative arts and humanities. In my role I am keen to find synergies across our diverse subject areas and lead the development of innovative and collaborative research initiatives and programmes of study.

My academic journey has been possibly as diverse as our subject areas. I received some of my schooling in Poland and completed an undergraduate degree in Germany - with Biology and English Studies as my 2 majors, and Hispanic Studies as a minor. I then went on to do my PhD in New Zealand (in Psycholinguistics), after which I took up a position at UWE Bristol. 

My main research interests are in the area of bilingualism and second language acquisition. An estimated 60–75 percent of the world's population is bilingual - using two or more languages on a daily basis. One common observation is that bilinguals seem able to operate seamlessly in either of their two languages. My research to date has explored this phenomenon, looking at the cognitive mechanisms that allow bilinguals to select and use the appropriate language in ambiguous situations. My studies have also considered how our cognition is influenced and shaped depending on the language/s a person speaks.

With collaborators across the globe, I am also pursuing projects that focus more on second language (L2) learning, including work on L2 phonology, (deliberate) vocabulary and collocation acquisition, and (ambiguous) sentence processing.

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