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Dr. John Williams

Dr. John Williams

Reader in Applied Psycholinguistics

Second language lexical and syntactic processing

Cognitive mechanisms in second language learning

Office Phone: (+44) (0)1223 767386

Research Interests

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.


  • Second language acquisition
  • Psycholinguistics