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Mr Lewis Baker MLang, MSc

ESRC SCDTP Postgraduate Research Student in First Language Attrition and Second Language Acquisition

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Lewis Baker is an ESRC postgraduate research student in Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton. His PhD project, funded by the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP), investigates L1 morphosyntactic attrition in German.

I studied Linguistics, German, and Mandarin as part of an Integrated Master of Languages (MLang), followed by an MSc in Social Research Methods with a focus on linguistics, both at the University of Southampton. My current PhD project investigates grammatical, specifically morphosyntactic, attrition in the native German grammars of late-sequential bilinguals and bi-dialectals exposed to different linguistic inputs.

Research interests

I am broadly interested in multilingualism across a speaker’s lifespan and work within the generative framework. My current research is focussed on first language grammatical, specifically morphosyntactic, attrition in late-sequential bilinguals and bi-dialectals­ exposed to different linguistic inputs.

Grammatical attrition is a process by which a speaker’s native grammar is modified or restructured due to prolongued exposure to another language/variety, which becomes their dominant lingusitic input (e.g., after emmigrating to a new country). Specifically, I look at the role of linguistic input in attrition and its potential insights into modelling this phenomenon.

I have also worked on the second language acquisition of Mandarin, looking specifically at pronoun interpretation and the role of computational complexity in this acquisition task.

PhD supervision

Dr Glyn Hicks, Professor Laura Domínguez

PhD research

PhD project (2019-present), supervised by Dr Glyn Hicks and Professor Laura Domínguez, funded by the ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership: The Role of Linguistic Input in Adult Grammars: Modelling L1 Morphosyntactic Attrition

Affiliate research groups

CLLEAR - Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research, Learning, Knowledge and Behaviour research cluster in the ESRC South Coast DTP

I regularly teach oral classes for German stage 4 and 6, assist with stage 7 German translation classes, and teach various German courses for Southampton Language Opportunity and Life Long Learning.

Mr Lewis Baker
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