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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages


Dr Dora Alexopoulou

Principal Research Associate, Education First Research Lab for Applied Language Learning (EF Research Lab)
Fellow in Linguistics and Director of Studies, Murray Edwards College
Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
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University of Cambridge
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Dora Alexopoulou is a Principal Research Associate at DTAL, PI of the EF Research Lab for Applied Language and Learning which investigates second language learning of English and aims  to bring innovation in language teaching through a systematic cross-fertilisation between linguistic research and teaching techniques.

After a BA in Greek philology at the University of Athens, she went to Edinburgh to obtain an MSc in Natural Language and Speech Processing and then a PhD in Linguistics. Before coming to Cambridge she worked at the Universities of Edinburgh and York and held an Intra-European Marie Curie Fellowship at the University of Lille III.

Her research interests are in second language acquisition and theoretical and experimental syntax. She currently focuses on combining linguistic and computational modeling of learner trajectories in big learner corpora. She is a co-founder of the Cambridge Bilingualism Network, a public engagement initiative promoting the linguistic and cognitive advantages of bilingualism. She has published articles in Language, Cognition, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Journal of Linguistics, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory as well as volumes and conference proceedings. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children.

She is the founding Editor of Languages, Society and Policy (LSP).

Recent research projects: 

Leverhulme Trust Grant, Linguistic Typology and Learnability in Second Language (with Prof Tsimpli as Co-I)