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Ms Elina Tuniyan 

Postgraduate Research Student

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Ms Elina Tuniyan is a Postgraduate Research Student within Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton.

After obtaining a BA (Hons) degree in English, French and Area Studies from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2006, I worked as an EFL/EAP teacher in Russia and China. During my teaching career, I noticed that some properties of English caused difficulty in learning for second language learners of English. This was when my interest in second language acquisition (SLA) emerged. I completed an MA in Applied Linguistics with distinction at the University of Essex in 2011, focusing mainly on SLA and language teaching. To further my understanding of the area of SLA, I decided to pursue a PhD.

Research interests

My research interests include second language acquisition of English morphosyntax and semantics, the syntax-semantics-pragmatics interface, generative linguistics and teaching English as a second language.

My research project looks at the acquisition of (in)definiteness in second language (L2) English by speakers of articleless languages. It aims to contribute to our understanding of why the article system of English is problematic for L2 learners by putting forth an alternative proposal that accounts for the difficulties that L2 learners have.

My PhD thesis is supervised by Professor Roumyana Slabakova.

 

Grants and Scholarships

  • Vice Chancellor’s Award and Modern Languages and Linguistics Faculty Scholarship for 3 years of PhD research, 2013-2016
  • Humanities PGR Student Research Fund, May 2014

 

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Talks and Presentations

  • Tuniyan, Elina and Slabakova, Roumyana (2016) Ambiguous form-meaning mapping: second language acquisition of definiteness in English. Workshop "On the semantic contribution of Det and Num. (In)definiteness, genericity and referentiality", 27th -28th May 2016, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain (oral presentation)
  • Tuniyan, Elina (2015) Ambiguity of the: Accounting for the difficulty in L2 acquisition of the definite article in English. Language at the University of Essex Postgraduate Conference (LangUE), 18th June, University of Essex, United Kingdom (poster presentation)
  • Tuniyan, Elina and Slabakova, Roumyana (2015) Ambiguous the: A new account of the overuse of the definite article in partitive contexts in L2 English. Acquiring Referentiality: Language Acquisition Workshop, 10th April, University of Utrecht, Netherlands (invited talk)
  • Tuniyan, Elina (2015) A New Approach: Accounting for Errors in the Use of Articles by Second Language Learners of English. Conformity and Controversy: Eighth Annual Humanities Postgraduate Conference, 23rd March, University of Southampton, United Kingdom (oral presentation)
  • Tuniyan, Elina (2014) L2 acquisition of the two ways of establishing definiteness in English. Linguistics and English Language Postgraduate Conference, 28th -30th May, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (oral presentation)
  • Tuniyan, Elina (2014) Two types of definites with one THE: the acquisition of definiteness in English. Centre for Linguistics, Language Education & Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) Postgraduate Research Seminar Group Meeting, 14th May, University of Southampton, United Kingdom (oral presentation)

Papers

  • Tuniyan, Elina (2013) An investigation of optional subject-verb agreement marking in low and high intermediate adult L2 speakers of English: Partial support for the Contextual Complexity Hypothesis. Essex Graduate Student Papers in Language and Linguistics On-line 14, 88-121. 

Conference organisation

Conference co-organiser

  • Conformity and Controversy: Eighth Annual Humanities Postgraduate Conference, 23rd March 2015, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

 

  • Seminar tutor on LING1001 Elements of Linguistics; LING1003 Applications of Linguistics; LING2002 Psycholinguistics; LING6004 Description of Language
  • Course Tutor on the Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Programme

 

 

 

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