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Professor Amalia Arvaniti
Principal Investigator

Amalia got her Ph.D. from the Department of Linguistics at Cambridge (1991). Since then, she has held appointments at the University of Kent (2012-2020), the University of California, San Diego (2002-2012), and the University of Cyprus (1994-2001), as well as Cambridge, Oxford, Edinburgh, King's College London. In 2020 she moved to Radboud University as Professor of English Language and Linguistics, in the Faculty of Arts.


Amalia's research is best described as Laboratory Phonology: she uses experimental research methods to test linguistic models of sound structure. Her research on prosody, which has been widely published and cited, has yielded crucial insights into the production, perception and linguistic structure of intonation and has challenged traditional views on the nature of speech rhythm and rhythm class typology. A significant part of Amalia's research has contributed to our knowledge of Greek phonetics and phonology and to aspects of Greek dialectology and sociolinguistic variation. Her research has been supported by a number of grants, including grants from the British Academy, the Academy of Korean Studies, and the (US) National Science Foundation. Her research is currently supported by SPRINT and a Mohrmann Grant by Radboud to complete a manuscript on Greek phonetics and phonology. In 2018 she was the recipient of a two year (2019-2021) Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (MRF-2018-094) on "Politics and linguistic variation in a post-diglossic speech community".


As of 2019, Amalia is the Vice President of the International Phonetic Association and ex-officio President of the Permanent Council for the organization of the ICPhS. In 2015-2019 she served as editor of the Journal of the International Phonetic Association (JIPA). She was previously (2014-2015) co-editor of JIPA together with Adrian Simpson. She currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Phonetics, Journal of Greek Linguistics, and the Studies in Laboratory Phonology series of Language Science Press, and was on the editorial board of Phonology from 2000 to 2020. 


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