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 California, San Diego (2002-2012), Cambridge, Oxford, Edinburgh, King's College London and the University of Cyprus (1994-2001). In 2012 she moved to the University of Kent as Professor of English Language and Linguistics and Head of English Language and Linguistics (ELL), a department of the School of European Culture and Languages; she served as Head of ELL from 2012 to 2016.


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 two grants, SPRINT and a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (MRF-2018-094) on "Politics and linguistic variation in a post-diglossic speech community" (2019-2021).


In 2015, Amalia was elected editor of the Journal of the International Phonetic Association (JIPA) for the period between August 2015 and August 2019. She was previously (2014-2015) co-editor of JIPA together with Adrian Simpson. She also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Phonetics, Phonology, Journal of Greek Linguistics, and the Studies in Laboratory Phonology series of Language Science Press. 


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