Dr Anna Piasecki

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  • Qualifications:Ph.D. (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)
  • Position:Associate Head: English Language Linguistics and Writing / Programme Leader for English Language and Linguistics (joint with James Murphy)
  • Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education (ACE)
  • Telephone:+44 (0)117 32 87141
  • Email:Anna.Piasecki@uwe.ac.uk

About me

With an estimated 60–75 percent of the world's population being bilingual - using two or more languages on a daily basis - and given my own bilingual background, my main research interests revolve around the area of bilingualism and second language acquisition. 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 mechanisms that allow bilinguals to use the appropriate language in ambiguous situations. My studies have also considered how the skill at employing these mechanisms depends on the bilingual speaker's proficiency level. Having recently received funding from the BA/Leverhulme grant scheme, I am happy to be to able to further pursue these exciting research directions.

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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