Latest Projects

Department of Languages and Literature, University of Nicosia, Nicosia (2021-)

Second language speech perception and cognitive function interface

The aim of this project is to investigate the role of cognitive functions (phonological short-term memory, intelligence) on the perception of second language sounds by monolingual and bidialectal populations. The whole project underlines an innovative multidisciplinary perspective within the speech acquisition domain using methodology from disciplines such as linguistics and psychology and having implications for linguistics, psychology, pedagogy, and speech therapy.

Department of Rehabilitation Science, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol (2021-)

Linguistic processing in Cypriot Greek children with language developmental disorders (number: 1/102)

This project aims to investigate the perceptual processing of phonological, syntactic, and semantic structures in Cypriot Greek children with DLD. From a theoretical viewpoint, the project will provide understanding on how language acquisition mechanisms work in children with DLD. From an applied viewpoint, by identifying the perceptual challenges of children with DLD in different linguistics levels, language intervention services can be provided by clinicians based on the evidence revealed by scientific research (Evidence Based Practice) and focusing on the specific impaired skills. Also, the project’s findings will provide ground for the development of the appropriate technological tools which will support (or enhance) the identification and diagnosis of children with DLD.

Department of General and Russian Linguistics, RUDN University, Moscow (2018-2020)

Perception of nonnative segments by Russian speakers (number: 44-09/19-156)

This project was established upon receiving research funding from the Russian government. I had the role of Principal Investigator in the Phonetic Lab of RUDN University. The project investigated the perception of nonnative phones (English, Greek) by Russian speakers and the effect of linguistic factors (e.g., L2 vocabulary size) on this perception. To that end, the subjects completed a series of forced-choice psychoacoustic tasks. The project highlighted the cognitive mechanisms that are responsible for the perception of nonnative phones by Russian speakers and the way that the speakers' L1 interfered with their speech perception patterns. 

Department of Foreign Languages, RUDN University, Moscow (2019-2020)

Functional Dynamics and Representation of Languages and Cultures of Internal and External Migration in an Urban Environment (number: 056102-1-274)

This project examined how functional dynamics of native languages of immigrants who live in Russia are modified and which cultural memes they select. My role in this project was to investigate phonological and phonetic aspects in the Russian speech of immigrants with different first languages (e.g., Tajik, Azerbaijani) and determine the effect of the speakers' L1 in Russian.

Department of Education, University of Cyprus (2014-2018)

Perception and Production of Greek Vowels by Greek-Arabic bilinguals

This project was fully funded by the Cyprus State Scholarship Foundation (2014-2018). It investigated the perception and production of Greek vowels by Egyptian Arabic adult learners of Greek as a second language. Also, it examined the effect of phonetic training on the acquisition of second language vowels by these learners. The project draws significant conclusions about advantages and disadvantages of the speech models employed for the prediction of the learners’ perceptual and production abilities, the link between perception and production, and the possibility of second language vowel learning after receiving phonetic training.  

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