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Marion Coumel

Current research

In my PhD, I use syntactic priming in language production (speakers' tendency to reuse a syntactic structure they have recently been exposed to) to investigate language processing and learning in adult first and second language speakers. In a first set of lab-based and online studies, I am testing whether the same mechanism supports syntactic priming in both groups of speakers and how this phenomenon is influenced by individual differences in attention, motivation and proficiency. In a second strand of my PhD, I am implementing syntactic priming activities in classrooms and in online chat interactions to test whether they support second language learning in various environments .


Schurz, A., & Coumel, M. (accepted). Grammar teaching in ELT: a cross-national comparison of teacher-reported practices. Language Teaching Research.

Messenger, K., Hardy, S. M., & Coumel, M. (2020). An exemplar model should be able to explain all syntactic priming phenomena: A commentary on Ambridge (2020). First Language. doi:

Coumel, M., Christiner, M. and Reiterer, S.M. (2019). Second Language Accent Faking Ability Depends on Musical Abilities, Not on Working Memory. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 257. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00257

Matić, A., Coumel, M. and Palmović, M. (2018). Lexical processing of children with dyslexia: An eye-tracking adaptation of the Reicher-Wheeler task. Speech: Journal of Phonetics, 35 (1), 27-52. doi:

Supervisors: Katherine Messenger, Ema Ushioda

You can find more about my research on my personal webpage and my LinkedIn and ResearchGate profiles.