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Dr Giulia Bovolenta



I joined the department in 2019 as a Research Associate and I am currently a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow. Before coming to York, I did a PhD in Linguistics at the University of Cambridge, specialising in psycholinguistics and second language acquisition. I also hold a BA in Philosophy and MA in Cognitive Studies from the University of Sheffield, and an MPhil in Linguistics from the University of Oxford.



My research focuses on the cognitive mechanisms that support language learning in adults. Specifically, I am interested in the processes that take place during learning, and how they are shaped by individual differences.

In my current project, I am investigating how different sources of difficulty in language learning (grammatical complexity and individual variations in memory) affect the ways in which we process and encode new language forms during learning, using both EEG and behavioural measures.

I have previously worked on related aspects of language learning and processing, including error-based learning, implicit learning (learning without awareness), and syntactic processing. 

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Department of Education
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44(0)1904 323592