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I joined the department in February 2004, after holding a lecturing post in English Language and Applied Linguistics at the University of Portsmouth, and a research post at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.I graduated from the University of Belgrade (English language and literature) and completed my MPhil and PhD at the Research Centre for English and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge.
I am a member of the Centre for Research in Language Learning and Use, and am also collaborating with colleagues in the Psycholinguistics Research Group at the department of Psychology. We are currently investigating how grammar is processed in a second language using the eye-tracking technology.
As a linguist, I believe that questions related to language education and teaching can only be answered in the light of what we know about how languages are learnt, how they are accessed in production and comprehension, and how language (and other types of) knowledge are represented in the mind. My primary research interests are in second language acquisition, pragmatics and discourse comprehension, and general linguistic theory. Some of the specific topics I have looked at, or am interested in at the moment, include:
President, European Second Language Association
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (from 2004/5)