Book your place on our forthcoming Open Days!

Avenue CampusThere are still spaces for our open days coming up in just over a week on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September! You can book your place using this booking form.

You can follow our Twitter account @ModernLangs and take a look at our departmental website. You can also follow the day using the hashtag #UoSOpenDay on Twitter.

If you can’t make our open days in person, why not explore Avenue Campus virtually?

The eLearning Symposium is back!

eLearning Symposium 2019

Following a three-year break, the department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton is delighted to invite you to the new re-branded eLearning symposium, previously successfully run by LLAS, the Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies.

The Symposium will take place on Friday 25th January 2019 and the theme is “New perspectives: eLearning symposium rebooted. Language learning and technology in new educational landscapes.”

The key dates and further information can be found on the event website and Twitter account. If you have any questions, please email Erin Forward, the Conference Administrator, at elearn19@soton.ac.uk. We look forward to seeing you there!

Paper by Professor Roumyana Slabakova receives Albert Valdman award

Professor Roumyana SlabakovaProfessor Roumyana Slabakova from Modern Languages and Linguistics and her co-authors Tania Leal and Thomas Farmer, whose paper “The fine-tuning of linguistic expectations over the course of L2 learning” has been selected as one of two recipients of the Albert Valdman award, given for outstanding publication in Studies in Second Language Acquisition (CUP) for a publication appearing in 2017.

Here are the acceptance remarks of the authors:
The article addresses the fascinating topic of whether second language speakers are capable of making predictions as to what they can expect in the upstream linguistic string, based on what words they have already encountered. We know that monolingual native speakers are very good at such anticipation. It turns out that second language speakers are good at it, too, when they are sufficiently advanced in proficiency and language experience. This finding is one more blow to the argument that second language speakers’ competence and processing are fundamentally different from native speakers’. The article findings have an interesting real-world implication, too. We know that Clitic Left Dislocation, the property we investigate, is not taught explicitly in most Spanish classrooms. Naturalistic language experience, in the form of study-abroad, proves sufficient to overcome this lack of explicit teaching. We very much hope that future research will bring further insights on the effects of naturalistic input on SLA competence and performance.