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Professor Roumyana Slabakova 

Chair of Applied Linguistics and Director of the Center for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR)

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Professor Roumyana Slabakova is the Chair of Applied Linguistics and Director of the Center for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) in Modern Languages at the University of Southampton.

I was born in Varna, Bulgaria and studied at the English-medium high school there. I completed my undergraduate education in English Philology at the Sofia University "Kliment Ohridski," specializing in linguistics and educational psychology. I taught English for academic purposes at the same university before I embarked on my postgraduate studies. My PhD degree was awarded by McGill University, Montreal, Canada, where I studied under the supervision of Professor Lydia White. My dissertation investigated the second language acquisition of aspect by Bulgarian native speakers learning English. I taught and conducted research at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA before I came to the University of Southampton.

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My research is grounded in generative linguistic theory and explores the second language (L2) acquisition process. My theoretical focus is the acquisition of grammatical structure and its interaction with meaning. I use online and offline psycholinguistic methodologies to investigate the following theoretical issues: 

  1. What is the linguistic nature of the bilingual and multilingual grammar?
  2. Are there some properties of language (e.g. words, sounds, sentence structure) that are easier to acquire than others (e.g. functional morphemes, grammatical meanings)? Are there are some properties, such as pragmatic universals, that will come for free in the grammar of the learner?
  3. Can lexical, phrasal and sentence meaning be acquired in the L2? How does the interface between form and meaning affect the L2 acquisition of meaning?
  4. What is the effect of the native language in the acquisition of a second language? What are the effects of the native and the second language in the acquisition of a third language?
  5. How does linguistic and processing complexity affect knowledge of meaning in the L2? How do children acquiring their native language and adult L2 learners compare in this respect?

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  • How to investigate interpretation in Slavic experimentally? - Slabakova, Roumyana. In Slavic Languages in the Black Box - Anstatt, Tanja, Gattnar, Anja and Clasmeier, Christina (eds.)
    Published:
    2016
  • Not just algunos, but indeed unos L2ers can acquire scalar implicatures in L2 Spanish - Miller, David, Giancaspro, David, Iverson, Michael, Rothman, Jason and Slabakova, Roumyana. In Language Acquisition Beyond Parameters: Studies in Honour of Juana Liceras - de la Fuente, Anahi, Valenzuela, Elena and Martínez-Sanz, C. (eds.)
    Published:
    2015
    Published by:
    Amsterdam, NL
  • A same-system view of L2 processing: evidence from long-distance syntactic dependencies in L2 Spanish - Méndez, Tania, Farmer, Thomas and Slabakova, Roumyana. In BUCLD38: Proceedings of the 38th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development - Orman, Will and Valleau, Matthew (eds.)
    Published:
    2014
    Published by:
    Somerville, US
    Page Range:
    266-278
  • Re-assembling objects: a new look at the L2 acquisition of pronominal clitics - Shimanskaya, Elena and Slabakova, Roumyana. In BUCLD38: Proceedings of the 38th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development - Orman, Will and Valleau, Matthew (eds.)
    Published:
    2014
    Published by:
    Somerville, US
    Page Range:
    416-427
  • Meaning in second language Spanish - Slabakova, Roumyana. In The Handbook of Spanish Second Language Acquisition - Geeslin, Kimberly (ed.)
    Published:
    2013
    Published by:
    Chichester, GB
    Series:
    Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics
    Page Range:
    311-330
  • ????????? ?? ???????????? ? ??????? ??? ??????????? ????????? ???? ????? ???? - ?????????? ?? ?????????? ?? ???????????? - Ivanov, Ivan and Slabakova, Roumyana. In ???? ??????????? ?? ??????????? ????????? ?? ?????????? ???? - Коева, Светла and Кръпова, Илияна (eds.)
    Published:
    2013
    Published by:
    Sofia, BG, Bulgarian Language
    Page Range:
    209-238
  • Whether to teach and how to teach complex linguistic structures in a second language? - Slabakova, Roumyana and Garcia Mayo, Maria del Pilar. In In Universal Grammar and the Second Language Classroom - Whong, Melinda, Marsden, Heather and Gil, Koo-hee (eds.)
    Published:
    2013
    Published by:
    Berlin, DE
    Series:
    Educational Linguistics
    Volume:
    16
    Page Range:
    187-205
    doi:
    10.1007/978-94-007-6362-3_10
  • What is easy and what is hard in second language acquisition: A generative perspective - Slabakova, Roumyana. In Contemporary Approaches to Second Language Acquisition - García Mayo, Maria del Pilar, Gutierrez-Mangado , Maria Junkal and Martínez Adrián , Maria (eds.)
    Published:
    2013
    Published by:
    Amsterdam, NL
    Series:
    AILA Applied Linguistics Series
    Volume:
    9
    Page Range:
    5-28
  • Discourse and pragmatics - Slabakova, Roumyana. In The Cambridge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition - Herschensohn, Julia and Young-Scholten, Martha (eds.)
    Published:
    2013
    Published by:
    Cambridge, GB
    Series:
    Cambridge Handbooks in Language and Linguistics
    Page Range:
    482-504
  • Meaning in second language acquisition - Slabakova, Roumyana. In Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning - Maienborn, Claudia, Heusinger, Klaus von and Portner, Paul (eds.)
    Published:
    2012
    Published by:
    Berlin, DE
    Series:
    Handbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft / Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science (HSK), 33
    Volume:
    3
    Page Range:
    2753-2775
  • L3/Ln acquisition: A view from the outside - Slabakova, Roumyana. In Third Language Acquisition in Adulthood - Cabrelli Amaro, Jennifer, Flynn, Suzanne and Rothman, Jason (eds.)
    Published:
    2012
    Published by:
    Amsterdam, NL
    Series:
    Studies in Bilingualism, 46
    Page Range:
    115-140
  • The Fundamental Difference Hypothesis - Slabakova, Roumyana. In The Routledge Encyclopaedia of Second Language Acquisition - Robinson, Peter (ed.)
    Published:
    2012
    Published by:
    Abingdon, GB
    Page Range:
    121-124
  • L2 semantics - Slabakova, Roumyana. In Handbook of Second Language Acquisition - Gass, Susan and Mackey, Alison (eds.)
    Published:
    2011
    Published by:
    Abingdon, GB
    Series:
    Routledge Handbooks in Applied Linguistics
    Page Range:
    127-146
  • What is easy and what is hard to acquire in a second language? - Slabakova, Roumyana. In Proceedings of the 10th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2009) - Bowles, Melissa, Ionin, Tania, Montrul, Silvina and Tremblay, Annie (eds.)
    Published:
    2010
    At event:
    10th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2009)
    Published by:
    Somerville, US
    Series:
    Proceedings of GASLA, 10
    Page Range:
    280-294
  • Does the verb move in Russian? - Kallestinova, Elena and Slabakova, Roumyana. In Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics 16: The Stony Brook Meeting - Antonenko, Andrei, Bailyn, John and Bethin, Christina (eds.)
    Published:
    2008
    Published by:
    Ann Arbor, US
  • The combinatorial variability hypothesis in the second language - Slabakova, Roumyana and Gajdos, Johnathan. In Selected Proceedings of the 2007 Second Language Research Forum - Bowles, Melissa, Foote, Rebecca, Perpiñán, Silvia and Bhatt, Rakesh (eds.)
    Published:
    2008
    Published by:
    Somerville, US
    Page Range:
    35-43
  • Does the verb move in Russian - Kallestinova, Elena and Slabakova, Roumyana. In Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics #16:The Stony Brook Meeting 2007 - Antonenko, A., Bailyn, J. and Bethin, C. (eds.)
    Published:
    2008
    At event:
    Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics 16
    Published by:
    Michigan, US
    Series:
    Michigan Slavic Publications, FASL Proceedings, 53
    Page Range:
    199-214
  • The combinatorial variability hypothesis in the second language - Slabakova, Roumyana and Gajdos, Johnathan. In Selected Proceedings of the 2007 Second Language Research Forum - Bowles, Melissa, Foote, Rebecca, Perpiñán, Silvia and Bhatt, Rakesh (eds.)
    Published:
    2008
    At event:
    SLRF2007: 2007 Second Language Research Forum
    Published by:
    Somerville, MA
    Page Range:
    35-43
  • Scalar implicatures in L2 acquisition - Slabakova, Roumyana. In BUCLD31: Proceedings of The 31st Boston University Conference on Language Development - Caunt-Nulton, Heather, Kulatilake, Samantha and Woo, I-hao (eds.)
    Published:
    2007
    Published by:
    Somerville, US
    Page Range:
    576-584
  • L2 acquisition at the grammar-discourse interface: aspectual shifts in L2 Spanish - Slabakova, Roumyana and Montrul, Silvina. In The Role of Formal Features in Second Language Acquisition - Liceras, Juana, Zobl, Helmut and Goodluck, Helen (eds.)
    Published:
    2007
    Published by:
    Mahwah, New Jersey
    Page Range:
    452-483
  • Introduction to Inquiries in Linguistic Development - Slabakova, Roumyana, Montrul, Silvina and Prevost, Philippe. In Inquiries in Linguistic Development: Studies in Honor of Lydia White
    Published:
    2006
    Published by:
    Amsterdam, NL
    Page Range:
    1-13
  • A semantic parameter with a syntactic trigger in the L2 acquisition of Italian - Slabakova, Roumyana. In Inquiries in Linguistic Development: in Honor of Lydia White - Slabakova, Roumyana, Montrul, Silvina and Prévost, Philippe (eds.)
    Published:
    2006
    Published by:
    Amsterdam
    Page Range:
    69-87
  • Learnability in the L2A of semantics - Slabakova, Roumyana. In The Proceedings of the Inaugural Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition–North America (GALANA) - Deen, Kamil, Nomura, Jun, Schulz, Barbara and Schwartz, Bonnie (eds.)
    Published:
    2006
    Published by:
    Mansfield City, US
    Series:
    Occasional Papers in Linguistics, 4
    Volume:
    2
    Page Range:
    321-332
  • Perfective prefixes: what they are, what flavors they come in, and how they are acquired? - Slabakova, Roumyana. In Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics 13: The South Carolina Meeting
    Published:
    2005
    Published by:
    Ann Arbor, US
    Page Range:
    324-341
  • Issues and interfaces in the study of aspect - Kempchinsky, Paula and Slabakova, Roumyana. In Aspectual Inquiries - Kempchinsky, Paula and Slabakova, Roumyana (eds.)
    Published:
    2005
    Published by:
    Berlin, DE
    Series:
    Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
    Volume:
    62
    Page Range:
    1-18
    doi:
    10.1007/1-4020-3033-9_1
  • Quantification and aspect - di Sciullo, Anne Marie and Slabakova, Roumyana. In Perspectives on Aspect - Verkuyl, Henk, de Swart, Henriette and van Hout, Angeliek (eds.)
    Published:
    2005
    Published by:
    Utrecht, NL
    Page Range:
    61-80
  • Quantification and aspect - Di Sciullo, Anna Maria and Slabakova, Roumyana. In Perspectives on Aspect - Verkuyl, Henk, de Swart, Henriette and van Hout, Angeliek (eds.)
    Published:
    2005
    Published by:
    Berlin
    Series:
    Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics
    Volume:
    32
    Page Range:
    61-80
  • Semantic and morphological reflexes of functional categories: the case of telicity marking in L2 Russian? - Slabakova, Roumyana. In Proceedings of the 6th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2002) - Liceras, Juana, Zobl, Helmut and Goodluck, Helen (eds.)
    Published:
    2003
    Published by:
    Somerville, US
    Page Range:
    284-297
  • On aspectual shifts in L2 Spanish - Slabakova, Roumyana and Montrul, Silvina. In BUCLD 26: Proceedings of the 26th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development - Skarabela, Barbora, Fish, Sarah and Do, Anna (eds.)
    Published:
    2002
    Published by:
    Somerville, US
    Page Range:
    631-642
  • Acquiring Morphosyntactic and Semantic Properties of Preterit and Imperfect Tenses in L2 Spanish - Montrul, Silvina and Slabakova, Roumyana. In The Acquisition of Spanish Morphosyntax: The L1-L2 Connection - Perez-Leroux, Ana Teresa and Liceras, Juana (eds.)
    Published:
    2002
    Published by:
    Berlin, DE
    Series:
    Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics
    Volume:
    31
    Page Range:
    113-149
  • On viewpoint aspect and its L2 acquisition: a UG perspective - Slabakova, Roumyana and Montrul, Silvina. In The L2 Acquisition of Tense-Aspect Morphology - Salaberri, Rafael and Shirai, Yasuhiro (eds.)
    Published:
    2002
    Published by:
    Amsterdam, NL
    Series:
    Language Acquisition and Language Disorders Series
    Page Range:
    363-398
  • Viewpoint aspect in Bulgarian-English interlanguage - Slabakova, Roumyana. In BUCLD 25: Proceedings of the 25th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development - Do, Anna, Dominguez, Laura and Johansen, Aimee (eds.)
    Published:
    2001
    Published by:
    Somerville, US
    Page Range:
    708-719
  • Is nativelike competence possible in second language acquisition? - Montrul, Silvina and Slabakova, Roumyana. In BUCLD25: Proceedings of the 25th Boston University Conference on Language Development - Do, Anna, Dominguez, Laura and Johansen, Aimee (eds.)
    Published:
    2001
    Published by:
    Somerville, US
    Page Range:
    522-533
  • Acquiring semantic properties of preterite and imperfect tenses in L2 Spanish - Montrul, Silvina and Slabakova, Roumyana. In BUCLD 24: Proceedings of the 24th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development - Howell, Catherine, Fish, Sarah and Keith-Lucas, Thea (eds.)
    Published:
    2000
    Published by:
    Somerville, US
    Page Range:
    534-545
  • The complex-predicate / N-N compounding connection in L2 acquisition - Slabakova, Roumyana. In BUCLD 23: Proceedings of the 23rd annual Boston University Conference on Language Development - Greenhill, Annabel, Littlefield, Heather and Tano, Cheryl (eds.)
    Published:
    1999
    Published by:
    Somerville, US
    Page Range:
    642-653
  • How can you eat a cake and have it too? L2 acquisition of English telicity - Slabakova, Roumyana. In BUCLD 22: Proceedings of the 22nd annual Boston University Conference on Language Development - Greenhill, Annabel, Hughes, Mary, Littlefield, Heather and Walsh, Hugh (eds.)
    Published:
    1998
    Published by:
    Somerville, US
    Page Range:
    695-706
  • A parametric approach to the L2 acquisition of aspect - Slabakova, Roumyana. In Proceedings of the 1997 Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference - Montrul, Silvina and Slabakova, Roumyana (eds.)
    Published:
    1998
    Published by:
    Montreal, CA
    Page Range:
    173-182
  • How light is a light verb - Slabakova, Roumyana. In WCCFL 15: The Proceedings of the Fifteenth West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics - Agbayani, Brian and Tang, Sze-Wing (eds.)
    Published:
    1997
    Published by:
    Stanford, US
    Page Range:
    487-504
  • L2 acquisition of the null telic morpheme: a psycholinguistic investigation - Slabakova, Roumyana. In BUCLD 21: Proceedings of the 21st annual Boston University Conference on Language Development - Hughes, Elizabeth, Hughes, Mary and Greenhill, Annabel (eds.)
    Published:
    1997
    Published by:
    Somerville, US
    Page Range:
    574-583
  • Some aspect-related constructions in English: a sentence matching investigation - Slabakova, Roumyana. In Proceedings of the GALA 97 Conference on Language Acquisition - Sorace, Antonella, Heycock, Caroline and Shillcock, Richard (eds.)
    Published:
    1997
    Published by:
    Edinburgh, GB
    Page Range:
    450-455
  • Bulgarian psych verbs: a case for distributed morphology - Slabakova, Roumyana. In McGill Working Papers in Linguistics 11 - Robb, M. and Montrul, S. (eds.)
    Published:
    1996
    Published by:
    Montreal, CA

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I teach modules in linguistics on second language acquisition theory, syntactic theory, and linguistic approaches to language acquisition. I am very happy to advise and supervise postgraduate students working in formal approaches to second and third language acquisition, heritage language acquisition, and first language attrition.

Professor Roumyana Slabakova
Building 65 Faculty of Humanities University of Southampton Avenue Campus Highfield Southampton SO17 1BF United Kingdom

Room Number: 65/3029

Telephone: (023) 8059 2231
Email: R.Slabakova@soton.ac.uk

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