Lecturer, Applied Linguistics and Language Acquisition
Social, Political & Cultural Studies
PhD in Language and Linguistics; PG Certificate in University Teaching; BA Hons in Linguistics; Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; Celta.
Tel: Ext. 8994
Office Hours: Wednesday and Thursday 11-12.00 or by appointment
Dr Sarah Liszka was educated at University College, London and the University of Essex. She has been teaching Applied Linguistics and Language Acquisition at the University of Greenwich since January 2012. Prior to her arrival at Greenwich, she worked at the University of London Institute in Paris as a lecturer in Applied Linguistics and English. She has also worked as a lecturer for Brunel University.
I am particularly interested in supervising research students in projects on: issues in second language acquisition; the linguistic-pragmatic interface; tense and aspect.
Dr Liszka’s research focuses on adult second language acquisition. She investigates the role of the first language in syntactic and semantic development, the linguistic-pragmatic interface, whether or not a ‘critical period’ exists and the nature of ultimate attainment. She is particularly interested in the acquisition of tense and aspect.
Liszka, S.A. & Roberts, L (in progress) Interaction of L2 grammars and pragmatic processes: a study on the acquisition of the English present perfect by advanced Dutch, French and German learners.
Roberts, L. & Liszka, S.A. (submitted) Processing tense/aspect-agreement violations on-line in the second language: A self-paced reading study with French and German L2 learners of English.
Liszka, S.A. 2009: Associating meaning to form in advanced L2 speakers: An investigation into the acquisition of the English present simple and present progressive. In N. Snape, Y-K. I. Leung and M. Sharwood Smith (eds), Representational Deficits in SLA: Studies in Honor of Roger Hawkins; LALD Vol 47, pp. 229-246. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Liszka, S.A. 2006a: Advanced Grammars and Pragmatic Processes: Exploring the Interface. In S. Foster-Cohen, M. Medvec Krajnovic and M. Djigunović (eds), Eurosla Yearbook 6, 79-99. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Liszka, S.A. 2006b: Dyslexia and Foreign Language Learning. Academic Exchange Quarterly, Vol. 10,1; pp. 38-42.
Liszka, S.A. 2005: The second language acquisition of form-meaning relations of the English Present Perfect. In B. E. Wong (ed.), Second Language Acquisition: Selected Readings; pp 47-63.
Liszka, S.A. 2004: Exploring the effects of first language influence on second language pragmatic processes from a syntactic deficit perspective. Second Language Research, Vol. 20,3; pp 212-231.
Hawkins, R. & Liszka, S. 2003: Locating the source of defective past tense marking in advanced L2 English speakers. In R. Van Hout, A. Hulk, F. Kuiken & R. Towell (eds),The Lexicon-Syntax Interface in Second Language Acquisition, LALD Vol. 30, 21-44. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Al-Hamad, M. Al-Malki, E. Casillas, G Francheschina, F. Hawkins, R. Hawthorne, J. Karadzovska, D. Kato, K. Liszka, S. Lozano, C. Ojima, S. Okuwaki, N. and Thomas, E. 2002: Interpretation of English tense morphophonology by advanced L2 speakers. In S. Foster-Cohen, T. Ruthenberg & M-L. Poschen (eds), Eurosla Yearbook 2, 49-69. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. .
Liszka, S. 2001: Explaining divergent tense marking in advanced L2 speakers. In D. Arnold, Franceschina & E. Thomas (eds), Essex Graduate Papers in Language and Linguistics, Vol. 3:59-69.