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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre
Areas of Interest: 
Second language lexical and syntactic processing
Cognitive mechanisms in second language learning


Specialises in the cognitive mechanisms of second language learning and second language lexical and syntactic processing. Work draws on theoretical concepts and experimental methodologies from cognitive psychology, and applies these to second language processing and learning using laboratory-based methods. Recent research focuses on implicit learning of form-meaning connections (funded by the ESRC,, and incidental learning of word order regularities.

Reader in Applied Psycholinguistics
Departments and institutes: 
Dr John  Williams

Contact Details

Email address: 
(+44) (0)1223 767386