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Staff Profile of Dr Eirini Sanoudaki

Eirini Sanoudaki
Dr Eirini Sanoudaki
Research Associate
01248 388639
Room 202, 37-41 College Road


I first joined Bangor University in 2008, as a post-doctoral researcher at the ESCR Centre for Research in Bilingualism and at the School of Psychology. After a second post-doctoral position at the University of Athens, I returned to Bangor to join the School of Linguistics and English Language in 2010. I received my Ph.D. in Linguistics from UCL in 2007, with a thesis on the acquisition of syllable structure, with particular reference to consonant clusters. I have a degree in Greek Language and Literature from the University of Athens and an MA in Linguistics from the University of Reading.

Research interests:

My research interests are primarily in first language acquisition and bilingual acquisition. I am particularly interested in performing theory evaluation on the basis of empirical data acquired by behavioural tasks as well as ERPs (Event-Related Potentials), thus bridging the gap between research in theoretical linguistics and experimental psycholinguistics. In addition to my interest in phonological acquisition, I have a lasting interest in the acquisition of pronominal reference (including bilingual acquisition), and my current research examines the interpretation of pronominal elements in children and adults with Down Syndrome. I am also interested in facets of bilingualism, such as transfer, code-switching and language processing in bilinguals, and I am currently involved in research on syntactic aspects of Welsh-English bilingualism.

Selected Publications:

  • (accepted) Thierry, G. & Sanoudaki, E. Activation syntaxique non-sélective à la langue chez le bilingue précoce. Revue Française de Linguistique Appliquée.
  • (to appear) Sanoudaki, E. & Varlokosta, S. The acquisition of Binding by Greek-speaking children with Down Syndrome. To appear in Marina Lalioti, Stavroula Stavrakaki, and Xenia  Konstantinopoulou (eds.), Language Acquisition and Development. Cambridge Scholars Press.
  • (to appear)  Sanoudaki, E. & Varlokosta, S. Binding in Greek: the importance of task selection [Anaforiki desmefsi sta Ellinka: I simasia tis epilogis dokimasias]. To appear in Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of Greek Linguistics.
  • (forthcoming) Sanoudaki, E. & G. Thierry. Bigrammatism: when the bilingual mind juggles with two grammars. To appear in Enlli Môn Thomas and Ineke Mennen (eds.), Unravelling Bilingualism: A cross-disciplinary perspective. Multilingual Matters.
  • (2010) Towards a typology of word initial consonant clusters: evidence from the acquisition of Greek, Journal of Greek Linguistics, 10, 1-41.
  • (2009) Strength relations and first language acquisition. In Kuniya Nasukawa and Phillip Backley (eds.), Strength relations in phonology. 149-182. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • (2008) Word initial clusters in acquisition. In Theodoros Marinis, Angeliki Papangeli, and Vesna Stojanovik (eds.), Proceedings of the Child Language Seminar 2007 (30th Anniversary). 125-135.
  • (2008) Word initial heterosyllabicity in acquisition. In Anna Gavarró and Maria J. Freitas (eds.), Language Acquisition and Development. 381-385. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • (2006) Linking history to first language acquisition: the case of Greek consonant clusters, in UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 18: 383-408.
  • (2004) Transfer during bilingual first language acquisition: the case of Greek and English pronominal systems, in Proceedings of the 6th international conference of Greek linguistics, University of Crete, ISBN: 960-88268-0-2.

Selected conference presentations:

  • (2012) with M. Tamburelli, G. Jones, & M. Sowinska. Consonant cluster puzzles: evidence from Polish-English bilingual acquisition. Oral presentation at the 20th Manchester Phonology Meeting, 24th - 26th May 2012.
  • (2012) Bilingual consonant cluster acquisition. Oral presentation at the Consonant Cluster Fest, 16th April 2012, SOAS.
  • (2012) with M. Tamburelli, G. Jones, & M. Sowinska. Acceleration in the bilingual acquisition of consonant clusters: evidence from Polish-English bilingual children. Oral presentation at the International conference: 'Bilingual and Multilingual Interaction', Bangor University 30 March – 1 April 2012.
  • (2011) with S. Varlokosta. The acquisition of Binding by Greek-speaking children with Down Syndrome. Poster presented at the GALA 2011 conference, 6-8 September 2011, Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • (2011) with S. Varlokosta. Binding in Greek: the importance of task selection. Oral presentation at the 10th International Conference of Greek Linguistics, 1-4 September 2011, Democritous University of Thrace, Komotini, Greece.
  • (2011) with S. Varlokosta .The interpretation of pronouns, clitics and reflexives in Greek-speaking adults with Down Syndrome. Oral presentation at the International Symposium on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics (ISTAL 20).1-3 April 2011, Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • (2008) The acquisition of consonant clusters by Greek-speaking children.  Oral presentation at the Workshop: Consonant Clusters and Structural Complexity, 31 July-2 August 2008, Institute of Phonetics and Speech Processing, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat, Munich.
  • (2008) Word initial extrasyllabicity? Evidence from the acquisition of Greek. Oral presentation at the 16th Manchester Phonology Meeting, 22-24 May 2008, University of Manchester.
  • (2007) Word initial heterosyllabicity in acquisition. Poster presentationat the GALA conference, 6-8 September  2007, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain.
  • (2007) Word initial clusters in acquisition. Oral presentation at the Child Language Seminar, 18-20 July 2007, The University of Reading, UK.

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