English Language & Linguistics

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Dr Vikki Janke

Senior Lecturer in Linguistics

School Director of Graduate Studies (Taught)

Office: Cornwallis Central 127

Office Hours: Monday 2-3pm


I received my PhD from the Department of Phonetics & Linguistics, University College London, where I developed a PRO-free syntactic representation of control, focusing on English and Icelandic. Since then I have held research and teaching posts at the Institute of Education (UoL), the Department of Human Communication Science (UCL) and Middlesex University.

I research into and have published on syntax (and its interfaces with morphology and pragmatics), first language acquisition in typical development (in particular, syntactic dependencies and discourse-mediated reference assignment), syntactic and pragmatic development in individuals on the autism spectrum, and second language acquisition. My research on language in autism has been sponsored by the British Academy. Other projects to which I am currently contributing include the role of gesture in signed language acquisition in collaboration with Chloe Marshall at the UCL Institute of Education, the impact of early bilingual education on children’s social and cognitive development with Gloria Chamorro here at Kent and the integration of syntactic and discourse information at the syntax-pragmatics interface in Greek L1/English L2 speakers with Marina Kolokonte at the American College of Greece.

My administrative roles include being the Director of the MA in Linguistics in our department and the Director of Graduate Studies (Taught) for the School. I am also the Reviews Editor for First Language and external examiner for the MA in Linguistics at UCL and for the BA in English Language & Linguistics and the MA in Intercultural Communication at Anglia Ruskin.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Edited book
Kolokonte, M. and Janke, V. eds. (2013). Interfaces in Language 3. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Janke, V. (2018). Discourse effects on older children's interpretations of complement control and temporal adjunct control. Language Acquisition: a journal of developmental linguistics [Online] 25:366-391. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10489223.2017.1359271.
Janke, V. (2018). Who is the agent? The influence of pragmatic leads on children's reference assignment in non-obligatory control. Journal of Child Language [Online] 45:442-478. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0305000917000320.
Janke, V. and Marshall, C. (2017). Using the hands to represent objects in space: Gesture as a substrate for signed language acquisition. Frontiers in Psychology [Online] 8. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02007.
Janke, V. and Perovic, A. (2017). Contrasting complement control, temporal adjunct control and controlled verbal gerund subjects in autism spectrum disorder: The role of contextual cues in reference assignment. Frontiers in Psychology [Online] 8:448. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00448.
Janke, V. and Bailey, L. (2017). Effects of Discourse on Control. Journal of Linguistics [Online] 53:533-565. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022226716000281.
Janke, V. (2016). Who did what to whom? Babel: The Language Magazine [Online] 15:16-20. Available at: http://www.babelzine.com/2016-09-21-12-15-29/issue-guide.html#No15.
Janke, V. and Kolokonte, M. (2015). The False-Friend Effect in Three Profoundly Deaf Learners of French: Disentangling Morphology, Phonology and Orthography. Second Language Research [Online] 31:551-562. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0267658315576951.
Janke, V. and Kolokonte, M. (2015). False Cognates: The Effect of Mismatch in Morphological Complexity on a Backward Lexical Translation Task. Second Language Research [Online] 31:137-156. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0267658314545836.
Janke, V. and Perovic, A. (2015). Intact Grammar in HFA? Evidence from Control and Binding. Lingua [Online] 164:68-86. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.lingua.2015.06.009.
Perovic, A. and Janke, V. (2013). Issues in the Acquisition of Binding and Control in High-Functioning Children with Autism. UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 25:131-143.
Janke, V. and Neeleman, A. (2012). Ascending and Descending VPs in English. Linguistic Inquiry [Online] 43:151-190. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/LING_a_00082.
Janke, V. (2008). Control without a Subject. Lingua [Online] 118:82-118. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lingua.2007.05.002.
Janke, V. and Neeleman, A. (2005). Floating Quantifiers and English VP-Structure. Ms., University College London:1-32.
Janke, V. (2005). A Syntactic Representation of Control without a Subject. [Online] 17:131-172. Available at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/pals/research/linguistics/research/uclwpl/uclwpl17.
Book section
Janke, V. (2016). Pragmatic Leads and Null Subjects: When Children Consult Leads and When They Do Not. in: Scott, J. and Waughtal, D. eds. Boston University Conference on Language Development Proceedings. United States: Cascadilla Press, pp. 184-204.
Janke, V. and Perovic, A. (2016). Advanced Syntax and Primary Pragmatics in Children with ASD. in: Naigles, L. ed. Innovative Investigations of Language in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association/De Gruyter Mouton. Available at: https://www.apa.org/pubs/books/4316173.aspx?tab=2.
Janke, V. (2013). The Distribution of Non-Obligatory Control and its + Human Interpretation. in: Kolokonte, M. and Janke, V. eds. Interfaces in Language 3. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 121-157.
Datasets / databases
Janke, V. and Marshall, C. (2017). Appendix to Janke and Marshall 2017. [Paper]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02007.
Total publications in KAR: 19 [See all in KAR]
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I teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses on syntax, language acquisition in typical development, language acquisition in less usual circumstances (i.e. Deaf populations, bilingualism, developmental disorders) and language processing.

If you are interested in undertaking a PhD under my supervision, my areas of interest are as follows: I have previously supervised PhD research on syntax and would welcome applications for supervising further PhD research on first or second language acquisition in typical and atypical populations, particularly on topics relating to syntax, pragmatics, autism spectrum disorders or bilingualism.

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English Language & Linguistics, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 28/06/2018