I am an Assistant Professor in Linguistics at the Department of Languages and Literature of the University of Nicosia. I am a graduate of the University of Cyprus (PhD in Linguistics, 2018; MA in Education, 2013; BA in Greek Philology, 2011). I have also worked as a postdoctoral researcher at RUDN University (2018-2020) and the Cyprus University of Technology (2021). Between 2018 and 2020, I served as the Head of RUDN University Phonetic Lab. Currently, I coordinate the Cyprus Linguistics and Humanities Research Group, which is listed as an official research/center of the University of Nicosia.
My research focuses on the investigation of (i) how typical and atypical populations perceive and produce native and nonnative speech sounds and (ii) the extent to which successful speech acquisition is predicted by linguistic, biological, cognitive, and other factors. My ultimate goal is to update the current theories of speech acquisition and maximize learning outcomes.
Areas of expertise
Phonetics, phonology, psycholinguistics, speech-language pathology
I have published more than 30 research papers in high-impact international standing journals (i.e., Scopus-indexed) such as Applied Acoustics (Elsevier), Cognitive Processing (Springer), International Journal of Bilingualism (SAGE), Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (Springer), Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development (Taylor and Francis), Language Learning and Development (Taylor and Francis), Journal of Psycholinguistic Research (Springer), Languages (MDPI), Language Sciences (Elsevier), Speech Communication (Elsevier), Speech, Language and Hearing (Taylor and Francis), etc. My publication record also includes several book chapters in well-known publishers (e.g., Springer, Cambridge Scholars), papers in international conference proceedings (e.g., Selected Papers on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Experimental Linguistics), monographs (e.g., An Introduction to Issues in General Linguistics by Cambridge Scholars), and edited books (e.g., Mind and Second Language Acquisition: Experimental Approaches by Cambridge Scholars). I have presented papers to over 30 conferences, workshops, and seminars globally and delivered over 10 invited lectures
Academic Service/Grants and awards
I am an academic editor of the reputable journal PLOS ONE and a reviewer in several high-indexed journals (e.g., Phonology, Language and Speech, International Journal of Applied Linguistics). I am a member of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA), the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP), and other academic societies. I have won several research grants on a national and international basis (Cyprus University of Technology, RUDN University/Russian government, Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow scheme) and many awards and scholarships (e.g., UNIC’s Research Recognition Award, PhD scholarship by the Cyprus State Scholarship Foundation).
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