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MPhil and PhD theses​

  • Balhana Carlos, (PhD thesis, in progress), Deep learning of event-based semantic feature models of second-language-English learners.
  • Derkach Kateryna, (PhD thesis, in progress), L1 feature assembly effects on 'difficult' language features acquisition in L2 English.
  • Kunevich Maria, (PhD thesis, in progress), L1 effects on learner grammar development: the interaction between grammar and Information Structure.
  • Ntalli Athina, (PhD thesis, in progress), The impact of age and the role of cross-linguistic influence on child second language acquisition.
  • Murakami Akira (PhD thesis, 2014), Individual variation and the role of L1 in the L2 development of English grammatical morphemes: insights from learner corpora, submitted July 2013, Dept of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge.
  • Jiang Xiao, 2013, (Mphil thesis), Native Language Identification on the EFCamDat Corpus, MPhil in Advanced Computer Science, Computer Lab, University of Cambridge.



  • Jiang, X., Huang, Y., Guo,Y., Geertzen,J., Alexopoulou, T., Sun, L. and Korhonen, A., (in press). Native Language Identification Using Large, Longitudinal Data, In eds Poibeau and Villavicencio, Language, Cognition and Computational Models, CUP.


  • Alexopoulou, T., Michel, M., Murakami, A. and Meurers, D. (2017). Task Effects on Linguistic Complexity and Accuracy: A Large-Scale Learner Corpus Analysis Employing Natural Language Processing Techniques, Language Learning, 67: 180-208. doi:10.1111/lang.12232.


  • Murakami, A. & Alexopoulou, T. (2016). L1 influence on the acquisition order of English Grammatical Morphemes: A learner corpus study, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 38(3), 365-401. doi:10.1017/S0272263115000352. Winning paper for the 2016 Albert Valdman award.
  • Murakami, A. (2016). Modeling systematicity and individuality in nonlinear second language development: The case of English grammatical morphemes. Advance online publication. Language Learning. doi:10.1111/lang.12166


  • Murakami, A., & Alexopoulou, T. (2015). Longitudinal L2 development of the English article in individual learners. In A. Papafragou, D. Grodner, J. Trueswell, & D. Mirman (Eds.), Proceedings of the 38th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Philadelphia, PA: Cognitive Science Society.
  • Alexopoulou, T., Geertzen, J., Korhonen, A., & Meurers, D. (2015). Exploring big educational learner corpora for SLA research: Perspectives on relative clauses. International Journal of Learner Corpus Research, 1(1), 96–129.


  • Geertzen, J., Alexopoulou, T., & Korhonen, A. (2014). Automatic linguistic annotation of large scale L2 database: The EF-Cambridge Open Language Database (EFCAMDAT). In R. T. Millar, K. I. Martin, C. M. Eddington, A. Henery, N. M. Miguel, A. Tseng, ... D. Walter (Eds.), Selected proceedings of the 2012 Second Language Research Forum. Building bridges between disciplines (pp. 240–254). Cascadilla Proceedings Project.
  • Jiang, X., Guo, Y., Geertzen, J., Alexopoulou, T., Sun, L., & Korhonen, A. (2014). Native language identification using large, longitudinal data. In N. Calzolari, K. Choukri, T. Declerck, H. Loftsson, B. Maegaard, J. Mariani, ... S. Piperidis (Eds), Proceedings of the 9th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2014) (pp. 3309-3312). Reykjavik, Iceland.


  • Alexopoulou T, Yannakoudakis, H. & Salamoura, A. (2013). Classifying intermediate learner English: A data driven approach to learner corpora. In S. Granger, S. Gaëtanelle, & F. Meunier (Eds.), Twenty years of learner corpus research. Looking back, moving ahead: Corpora and language in use - Proceedings 1 (pp. 11–23). Louvain-la-Neuve: Presses universitaires de Louvain.
  • Murakami, A. (2013). Cross-linguistic influence on the accuracy order of L2 English grammatical morphemes. In S. Granger, S. Gaëtanelle, & F. Meunier (Eds.), Twenty years of learner corpus research. Looking back, moving ahead: Corpora and language in use - Proceedings 1 (pp. 325–334). Louvain-la-Neuve: Presses universitaires de Louvain.


  • Yannakoudakis, H., Briscoe, T. & Alexopoulou, T. (2012). Automating second language acquisition research: Integrating information visualisation and machine learning. In Proceedings of EACL, Joint Workshop of LINGVIS and UNCLH, Avignon, France.