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Bilingual Language Processing: Investigating the similarities and differences between native and non-native sentence comprehension

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

A considerable literature has investigated whether non-native speakers of a language process their non-native language in the same way as native speakers. This project aims to investigate the similarities and differences between native and non-native sentence comprehension, and will involve developing and running psycholinguistic experiments investigating how different types of sentences are processed. Students on this project are welcome to develop paradigms using behavioural tasks, such as self-paced reading or listening, but preferably eye-tracking paradigms, such as eye-tracking during reading or listening. Depending on the interests and expertise of the student, there is also opportunity to use neuroscientific techniques, such as EEG/ERP and fMRI. Students interested in developing computational models of language processing in native and non-native speakers are also particularly welcome.

Funding Notes

BSc (first class or 2.1) in Linguistics, Psychology, Neurolinguistics, or a related discipline.


Cunnings, I. (2016). Parsing and working memory in bilingual sentence processing. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.

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