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Marion Coumel

Current research

My research is situated at the crossroads between psycholinguistics and applied linguistics. Specifically, I study how we can help people learn how to understand and produce sentences in a second language in implicit input conditions. Recent psycholinguistics models identify syntactic priming as an implicit language learning mechanism. In my PhD, I am investigating whether individual differences in proficiency, attention and motivation affect second language learning via this mechanism. I will start by investigating this question in lab settings and subsequently implement syntactic priming activities in classroom environments.

Research Interests:

  • Second language learning and teaching of syntax and pronunciation
  • Syntactic priming
  • Motivation in second language learning
  • Classroom-based research/ teacher-researcher collaborations


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

Matic, A., Coumel, M. and Palmovic, 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: 10.22210/govor.2018.35.02

Supervisors: Katherine Messenger, Ema Ushioda

You can find more about my research on my LinkedIn, ResearchGate, OSF and ORCID profiles.

Current Study

I am searching for native speakers of English or French for a 30min language study. (£4 or £6 remuneration depending on the test.)

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