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University of Cambridge
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    Dr Dora Alexopoulou

    Murray Edwards College
    CB3 0DF

    Fellow in Linguistics; Director of Studies



    Murray Edwards understands the challenging complexities women face in today's world, an understanding underpinning its original and effective approach to women's education. The modern architecture and beautiful art underscore the College's innovative spirit and provide an inspiring setting for learning.


    BA, Greek Philology (Athens)

    MSc, Natural Language and Speech Processing (Edinburgh)

    PhD, Linguistics (Edinburgh)


    Marie Curie Fellow

    Research Interests

    Linguistic Theory, Experimental Syntax and Language Learning

    I study linguistic structures   aiming  to understand the language principles and features we use to put words together into meaningful sentences.  I also look at how people learn linguistic structures when learning a new language.

    I focus on second language learning, trying  to answer why mastering a second language is a challenge in comparison to the apparently effortless acquisition of a mother tongue.


    After a BA in Greek philology at the University of Athens, I went to Edinburgh to obtain an MSc in Natural Language and Speech Processing and then a PhD in Linguistics. Before coming to Cambridge I worked at the Universities of Edinburgh and York and held an Intra-European Marie Curie Fellowship at the University of Lille III. I am one of the people who set up  the Cambridge Bilingualism Network, a public engagement initiative promoting the linguistic and cognitive advantages of bilingualism. I joined Murray Edwards in 2016.


    2001, Phonology competes with Syntax: experimental evidence for the interaction of word order and accent placement in the realisation of Information Structure, Cognition, 79.301-372 (with Frank Keller).

    2002, On Linkhood, Topicalisation and Clitic Left Dislocation, Journal of Linguistics, vol. 38.2.193-245 (with Dimitra Kolliakou).

    2006, Resumption in Relative Clauses, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, vol.24.1,pp.57-111.

    2007, Locality, Cyclicity and Resumption: at the interface between grammar and the human parser, Language, 83.1.110-160 (with Frank Keller).

    2008, Binding Illusions, MIT Working Papers in Linguistics, Volume on Greek Syntax and Semantics, with commentary by Uli Sauerland.

    2010, Truly intrusive: resumptive pronominals in questions and relative clauses, in K.Grohmann and I.M.Tsimpli (eds.), Exploring the Left periphery, Special issue, Lingua,120.3.485-505.

    2012, Focus in Greek Wh-questions, in Kucerova, Ivona, and Ad Neeleman (eds), Contrasts and Positions in Information Structure, CUP,  pp. 206-246 (with Mary Baltazani)

    2013, Bare Number, in Folli, Sevdali and Truswell (eds), Syntax and its Limits, OUP,pp.300-323 (with R.Folli and G.Tsoulas)

    2015, L1 influence on the acquisition order of English Grammatical Morphemes: A learner corpus study, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, with A. Murakami (principal author), doi:

    2015 Longitudinal L2 development of the English article in individual learners. In Proc. of the 38th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Philadelphia, PA: Cognitive Science Society, with A. Murakami (principal author).

    2015, Exploring big educational learner corpora for SLA research: perspectives on relative clauses, launch issue of the International Journal of Learner Corpus Research,1(1), 96-129. doi: 10.1075/ijlcr.1.1.04ale with J Geertzen, A Korhonen and D Meurers.