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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre


My research interests are in second language acquisition, linguistic theory and  theoretical and experimental syntax. I currently focus on combining linguistic and computational modeling of learner trajectories in big learner corpora.

Current research topics: linguistic typology and learnability in L2, input processing instruction, child L2 acquisition, linguistic complexity in L2 development

I am one of the people who set up and run the  Cambridge Bilingualism Network, a public engagement initiative promoting the linguistic and cognitive advantages of bilingualism. I am also the founding  Editor of Languages, Society and Policy (LSP), a journal aiming to connect research in linguistics and languages with policy making.

Publications (from Symplectic)

Journal articles


  • Chen, X., Alexopoulou, T. and Tsimpli, I., 2021. Automatic extraction of subordinate clauses and its application in second language acquisition research. Behav Res Methods, v. 53
  • 2020

  • Ballier, N., Canu, S., Petitjean, C., Gasso, G., Balhana, C., Alexopoulou, T. and Gaillat, T., 2020. Machine learning for learner English: A plea for creating learner data challenges INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LEARNER CORPUS RESEARCH, v. 6
    Doi: 10.1075/ijlcr.18012.bal
  • 2018 (Accepted for publication)

  • Huang, Y., Murakami, A., Alexopoulou, T. and Korhonen, A., 2018 (Accepted for publication). Dependency parsing of learner English International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, v. 23
  • 2017 (Accepted for publication)

  • Alexopoulou, T. and Folli, R., 2017 (Accepted for publication). Topic strategies and the internal structure of nominal arguments in Italian and Greek. Linguistic Inquiry, v. 50
  • 2017

  • Alexopoulou, T., Michel, M., Murakami, A. and Meurers, D., 2017. Task Effects on Linguistic Complexity and Accuracy: A Large-Scale Learner Corpus Analysis Employing Natural Language Processing Techniques Language Learning, v. 67
  • Matras, Y., 2017. Can global cities have a language policy? Languages, Society & Policy,
  • 2016

  • Murakami, A. and Alexopoulou, T., 2016. L1 Influence on the Acquisition Order of English Grammatical Morphemes Studies in Second Language Acquisition, v. 38
  • 2015

  • Alexopoulou, T., Geertzen, J., Korhonen, A. and Meurers, D., 2015. Exploring big educational learner corpora for SLA research* Perspectives on relative clauses International Journal of Learner Corpus Research, v. 1
  • 2010

  • Alexopoulou, T., 2010. Truly intrusive: Resumptive pronominals in questions and relative clauses LINGUA, v. 120
  • 2007

  • Alexopoulou, T. and Keller, F., 2007. Locality, cyclicity, and resumption: At the interface, between the grammar and the human sentence processor LANGUAGE, v. 83
  • 2006

  • Alexopoulou, T., 2006. Resumption in relative clauses NAT LANG LINGUIST TH, v. 24
  • 2002

  • Alexopoulou, T. and Kolliakou, D., 2002. On linkhood, topicalization and the clitic left dislocation J LINGUIST, v. 38
  • 2001

  • Keller, F. and Alexopoulou, T., 2001. Phonology competes with syntax: experimental evidence for the interaction of word order and accent placement in the realization of Information Structure COGNITION, v. 79
  • Book chapters


  • Jiang, X., Huang, Y., Guo, Y., Geertzen, J., Alexopoulou, T., Sun, L. and Korhonen, A., 2018. Native language identification on EFCAMDAT
  • 2016

  • Alexopoulou, T. and Murakami, A., 2016. Longitudinal L2 development of the English article in individual learners
  • 2013 (No publication date)

  • Alexopoulou, T., Folli, R. and Toulas, G., 2013 (No publication date). Bare Number
  • 2012 (No publication date)

  • Alexopoulou, T. and Baltazani, M., 2012 (No publication date). Focus in Greek Wh-questions
  • Alexopoulou, T. and Keller, F., 2012 (No publication date). What vs. who and which: Kind denoting fillers and the complexity of whether-islands
  • 2010

  • 2010. Truly intrusive:resumptive pronominals in questions and relative clauses
  • 2004

  • Alexopoulou, T., Doron, E. and Heycock, C., 2004. Broad Subjects and Clitic Left Dislocation
    Doi: 10.1007/1-4020-1910-6_14
  • 2003

  • Alexopoulou, T. and Keller, F., 2003. Linguistic Complexity, Locality and Resumption
  • Conference proceedings


  • Alexopoulou, T., Kane, F., Romoli, J., Tsoulas, G. and Folli, R., 2015. A scalar implicature-based account of the inference of pluralised mass (and count) nouns Proceedings of the 51st meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society,
  • 2013 (No publication date)

  • Geertzen, J., Alexopoulou, T. and Korhonen, A., 2013 (No publication date). Automatic linguistic annotation of large scale L2 databases: the EF-Cambridge Open Language Database Selected papers from the Second Language Research Forum,
  • 2012 (No publication date)

  • Alexopoulou, T. and Folli, R., 2012 (No publication date). Indefinite Topics and the syntax of nominals in Italian and Greek,
  • Yannakoudakis, H., Briscoe, E. and Alexopoulou, T., 2012 (No publication date). Automating Second Language Acquisition Research: Integrating Information Visualisation and Machine Learning EACL,
  • Alexopoulou, T., Yannakoudakis, H. and Salamoura, A., 2012 (No publication date). Classifying intermediate Learner English: a data driven approach to learner corpora
  • 2008

  • Alexopoulou, T., 2008. Binding Illusions and Resumption in Greek Proceedings of the 2007 Workshop in Greek Syntax and Semantics at MIT, v. 57
  • Alexopoulou, D., Parodi, T. and Vilar-Beltrán, E., 2008. Variables and Resumption in Child Spanish Proceedings of Child Language Seminar,
  • 2006

  • Alexopoulou, T. and Keller, F., 2006. Gradience and parametric variation Proceedings of Workshop in Experimental Linguistics,
  • 2005

  • Alexopoulou, D., 2005. Free and Restrictive Relative Clauses in Greek 17th International Symposium of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, v. 1
  • Alexopoulou, T. and Keller, F., 2005. A crosslinguistic experimental investigation of resumptive pronouns and "that-trace" effects Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society,
  • 2002

  • Alexopoulou, T. and Keller, F., 2002. Resumption and Locality: a crosslinguistic experimental study Proceedings of the 38th meeting of the Chicago Linguistics Society,
  • 2001

  • 2001. Relative Clauses with Quantifiers and Definiteness Proceedings of the Workshop "Choice Functions and Natural Language Semantics", v. 110
  • 1998

  • 1998. Detaching Discourse Functions from Functional Projections Penn Working Papers in Linguistics (PWPL), v. 5:1
  • 1997

  • Alexopoulou, T., 1997. A discourse-based account of Weak Crossover Effect Proceedings of the Second ESSLLI Student Session,
  • Other publications

    2012 (No publication date)

  • Geertzen, J., Alexopoulou, T. and Korhonen, A., 2012 (No publication date). EF-Cambridge Open Language Database: written coprus
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