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Miss Amy Wallington BA, MA

ESRC SCDTP Postgraduate Research Student in Second Language Acquisition

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Amy Wallington is an ESRC Postgraduate Research Student in the department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton. Her PhD project, which is funded by the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP), focuses on the university-level development of French as a second language in native speakers of English.

I graduated from the University of Southampton in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in French Linguistic Studies, and then in 2017 with a Master of Arts (MA) in Applied Linguistics for Research. I am currently working on my PhD, which explores the development of an area of French grammar (the viewpoint aspectual system) in native speakers of English who are acquiring French in a university setting. My project aims to bring together two traditionally disparate methodological strands, combining a generative approach to second language acquisition with an analysis of native French linguistic input.

Research interests

My current research focuses on the dual roles of feature reassembly and input properties in the development of the L2 French viewpoint aspectual system of L1 English learners at university-level, analysing learner experimental data both prior to and after the “year abroad”. I combine this with an analysis of L1 French oral corpus data. My research objectives revolve around the extent to which a) feature reassembly predictions and b) frequency-distributional properties of naturalistic linguistic input can inform us on L2 morphosyntactical development.

PhD research

PhD project (2017-present), supervised by Dr Laura Domínguez and Dr Sophie Holmes-Elliott, and funded by the ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership: Investigating the roles of feature reassembly and linguistic input in later-stage second language acquisition: a case study of aspectual development in university learners of French.

Research group

CLLEAR – Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research

Affiliate research group

Learning, Knowledge and Behaviour research cluster in the ESRC South Coast DTP

In addition to my PhD studies, I have a passion for teaching and have been a seminar lead for the undergraduate modules LING1001 (Elements of Linguistics) and LING2002 (Psycholinguistics). I am also a French language tutor for the Southampton Language Opportunity programme.

Miss Amy Wallington
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