Dr Vikki Janke
Senior Lecturer in Linguistics
School Director of Graduate Studies (Taught)
- +44 (0)1227 823505
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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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.back to top