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Elina Tuniyan

Assistant Professor in Second Language Acquisition, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

MA (Essex), PhD (Southampton)

Prior to becoming a linguist, I spent many years teaching English as a Foreign Language and English for Academic Purposes in Russia and China. This was when my interest in the field of second language acquisition emerged. I began my academic career with an MA in Applied Linguistics at the University of Essex and a PhD in Applied Linguistics (Second Language Acquisition) at the University of Southampton. My PhD thesis investigated the second language acquisition of the meaning of definiteness and its expression through articles in English by Russian and Mandarin Chinese native speakers.

Expertise Summary

I am interested in all aspects of second language acquisition, in particular the nature of second language acquisition mechanisms from a linguistic perspective.

Teaching Summary

In the academic year 2018/19, I convene and/or teach on the following modules:

Undergraduate

- The Psychology of Bilingualism and Language Learning

- Introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language

- Essentials of English

Postgraduate

- English Vocabulary: Teaching and Learning

- Descriptive Linguistic Analysis (Distance Learning)

- Research Methods in Applied Linguistics (Distance Learning)

Research Summary

My research centres primarily on the second language acquisition of meaning and its expression through grammatical properties (phenomena at the syntax-semantics interface), with a special interest in… read more

TUNIYAN, E., 2018. Second language acquisition of definiteness: a feature-based contrastive approach to second language learnability. Southampton: University of Southampton

Current Research

My research centres primarily on the second language acquisition of meaning and its expression through grammatical properties (phenomena at the syntax-semantics interface), with a special interest in the following languages: English, Mandarin Chinese and Russian. In particular, I am interested in how cross-linguistic differences in the way languages express meaning affect the acquisition of meaning in a second language and what factors impede or facilitate the acquisition process. I am also interested in applications of second language acquisition research to language teaching.

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