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Staff Profile of Dr Eirini Sanoudaki

Eirini Sanoudaki
Dr Eirini Sanoudaki
Lecturer in Language Acquisition
01248 388638
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 PhD 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

  • Sanoudaki, E. & Thierry, G. (to appear) Language non-selective syntactic activation in early bilinguals: the role of verbal fluency. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism [accepted]
  • Sanoudaki, E. & Varlokosta, S. (2014a) Pronoun comprehension in individuals with Down syndrome: the role of age. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders. [First view]
  • Sanoudaki, E. & Varlokosta, S. (2014b) Task effects in the interpretation of pronouns. Language Acquisition: a Journal of Developmental Linguistics. [First view]
  • Sanoudaki, E. & Varlokosta, S. (2014c) Pronoun comprehension in individuals with Down syndrome: deviance or delay? Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research 57, 1442–1452.
  • Tamburelli, M., Sanoudaki, E., Jones, G., & Sowinska, M. (2014) Acceleration in the bilingual acquisition of phonological structure: evidence from Polish-English bilingual children. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.
  • Sanoudaki, E. & G. Thierry (2014). Juggling two grammars. In Enlli Môn Thomas and Ineke Mennen (eds.), Approaches to the Study of Bilingualism. Multilingual Matters.
  • Sanoudaki, E. & Varlokosta, S. (2013) The acquisition of Binding by Greek-speaking children with Down Syndrome. In Stavroula Stavrakaki, Polyxeni Konstantinopoulou & Marina Lalioti (eds.), Advances in Language Acquisition. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Sanoudaki, E. & Varlokosta, S. (2013) Binding in Greek: the importance of task selection [Anaforiki desmefsi sta Ellinka: I simasia tis epilogis dokimasias]. In Gavriilidou, Zoe, Efthymiou, Angeliki, Thomadaki, Evangelia, & Penelope Kambakis-Vougiouklis (eds.) Selected papers of the 10th ICGL [International Conference of Greek Linguistics], 1100–1109, Democritus University, Komotini.
  • Thierry, G. & Sanoudaki, E. (2012) Activation syntaxique non-sélective à la langue chez le bilingue précoce, Revue Française de Linguistique Appliquée 17 (2), 33–48.
  • (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 heterosyllabicity in acquisition. In Anna Gavarró and Maria J. Freitas (eds.), Language Acquisition and Development. 381–385. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • (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.

Current Teaching

  • QXL4435 Current Issues in Bilingualism
  • QXL3317/QXL4417 Language Acquisition
  • QXL2204 Morphosyntax
  • PPP4008 Bilingualism: Research and methods
  • QXL4432 Research Methods in Linguistics
  • QXL1112 Language and Culture

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