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Dr George Georgiou

Associate Lecturer in Linguistics


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Postdoc in Linguistics (RUDN University, Moscow, 2020)

PhD in Linguistics (University of Cyprus, 2018)

MA in Education (University of Cyprus, 2013)

BA in Greek Philology (University of Cyprus, 2011)



Linguistics, Experimental Linguistics, Phonetics/Phonology, Speech Processing, Psycholinguistics.


Employment Track

Associate Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire (2020-)

Lecturer, RUDN University, Moscow (2019-2020)

Postdoctoral Researcher, RUDN University, Moscow (2018-2020)

Adjunct Lecturer, University of Nicosia (2019-2020)

Special Scientist, University of Cyprus (2020)


Memberships (Academic/Professional)

  • Head of RUDN University Phonetic Lab, Moscow, Russian Federation
  • Member of the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP)
  • Member of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA)


Research Interests

Phonetics-phonology; psycholinguistics (e.g., perception and production of sounds, phonological representation in mind); experimental linguistics; cognitive psychology of language; bilingualism-bidialectalism (e.g., acquisition of dialectal accents); first and second language acquisition in typical and atypical populations.


Roles and Responsibilities (including past roles and responsibilities)

Teaching and Module Leadership

List of modules taught: Inside English words I (phonology/morphology); From sound to meaning: an introduction to language and linguistics; Semantics and Pragmatics; Topics in Psycholinguistics and Sociolinguistics; Comparative and Historical Linguistics; Contrastive Linguistics; General Linguistics; Research Methodology


Selective Publications 

  • Georgiou, G. P., Perfilieva, N., Denisenko, V, & Novospasskaya, N. (2020). Perceptual realization of Greek consonants by Russian monolingual speakers. Speech Communication, 125, 7-14. doi: 10.1016/j.specom.2020.09.008
  • Georgiou, G.P. (2020). Identification of Native Vowels in Normal and Whispered Speech by Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi: 10.1007/s10803-020-04702-1
  • Georgiou, G. P., Perfilieva, N, & Tenizi, M. (2020). Vocabulary size leads to a better attunement to L2 phonetic differences: Clues from Russian learners of English. Language Learning and Development, 16(4), 382-398. doi: 1080/15475441.2020.1814779
  • Georgiou, G. P., & Themistocleous, C. (2020). Vowel Learning in Diglossic Settings: Evidence from Arabic-Greek Learners. International Journal of Bilingualism, 1-16. doi: 10.1177/1367006920945396
  • Georgiou, G. P. (2020). Discrimination of Uncategorized-Categorized and Uncategorized-Uncategorized Greek consonantal contrasts by Russian speakers. Topics in Linguistics, 21(1), 74-82. doi: 10.2478/topling-2020-0005
  • Georgiou, G. P. & Kilani, A. (2020). The Use of Aspirated Consonants during Speech may Increase the Transmission of COVID-19. Medical Hypotheses, 144, doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2020.109937
  • Georgiou, G. P. & Kkese, E. (2020). Naturalistic exposure to an unknown language alone does not lead to attunement to its phonetic invariants. Journal of Experimental Phonetics, 29, 125-152. ISSN 1575-55332020
  • Georgiou, G. P. (2019). ‘Bit’ and ‘beat’ are heard as the same: Mapping the vowel perceptual patterns of Greek-English bilingual children. Language Sciences, 72, 1-12. doi: 10.1016/j.langsci.2018.12.001
  • Georgiou, G. P. (2019). EFL teachers’ cognitions about pronunciation in Cyprus. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 40(6), 538-550. doi:10.1080/01434632.2018.1539090
  • Georgiou, G. P. (2018). Discrimination of L2 Greek vowel contrasts: Evidence from learners with Arabic L1 background. Speech Communication, 102, 68-77. doi: 10.1016/j.specom.2018.07.003


Selective Conference and Seminar Presentations 

  • Georgiou, G. P. (2020). Cue-reliance during L2 vowel perception: Evidence from Russian learners of English. Paper presented at the ‘24th International Symposium on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics’ held at the Aristotle University, October 3, 2020, Thessaloniki.
  • Georgiou, G. P. (2020). A ‘critical period’ for language acquisition? Understanding the complexity of a multifaceted hypothesis. Paper presented at the VIII International Scientific and Practical Conference of the National Society of Applied Linguistics ‘Languages ​​and Cultures in the Modern World’ held at the Ivanovo State University, September 27, 2020, Ivanovo
  • Georgiou, G. P. (2020). Matters on the acquisition of second language phonology. Open public webinar. Department of Languages and Literature, University of Nicosia, Cyprus, June 22, 2020.
  • Georgiou, G. P. (2020). How does high variability phonetic training affect the perception of the English vowels by Cypriot Greek children and adults. Paper presented at the ‘Diversity and Cognition’ Conference (Cognition and Psycholinguistics panel) held at the Technical University of Dortmund, 5-7 February, 2020, Dortmund.
  • Georgiou, G. P. (2020). To what extent does perceptual training affect speech perception and production skills?: A direct comparison of children and adults. Lecture at the ‘Cyprus Acquisition Team (CAT) meeting’ held at the University of Cyprus, January 13, 2020, Nicosia.
  • Georgiou, G. P. (2019). Comparing the Greek and French vowel systems: Predictions about the perception of French vowels by Greek learners. Paper presented at the ‘Romance studies in the age of multilingualism 2019’ Conference organized by the Moscow State Linguistic University, October 17-19, 2019, Moscow.
  • Georgiou, G. P. (2019). How we produce speech sounds. Presentation at the ‘RUDN Science Festival’ held by the RUDN University, October 11-12, Moscow.
  • Georgiou, G. P. (2019). Identification and discrimination of Greek consonants by Russian speakers. Paper presented at the ‘12th Conference on Syntax, Phonology and Language Analysis (SinFonIJA 12)’ organized by the Department of Linguistics and the Department of Czech Language of Masaryk University, September 12-14, 2019, Brno.
  • Georgiou, G. P. (2019). Impact of vocabulary size on speech perception. Paper presented at the Conference “Vth Novikov Readings ‘Functional Semantics and Linguosemiotics’” organized by the Department of General and Russian Linguistics of RUDN University, April 18-19, 2019, Moscow.
  • Georgiou, G. P. (2019). Implementation of High Variability Phonetic Training for the discrimination of Greek vowel pairs by Arabic speakers. Paper presented at the ‘40th Annual Meeting of the Department of Linguistics’ organized by the School of Philology of Aristotle University, Αpril 5-6, 2019, Thessaloniki.


Selective Research Funding/ Grant Capture

  • Title: Perception of nonnative segments by Russian speakers, RUDN University, Moscow. Role: Principal Investigator. Funded by the “5-100 Research Grant offered by the Russian government (no. 44-09/19-156);  ≈ 30.000 EUR; 2018-2020
  • Title: Functional Dynamics and Representation of Languages and Cultures of Internal and External Migration in an Urban Environment, RUDN University. Role: Researcher. Funded by the Russian government (no. 056102-1-274); 2019-2020
  • Title: Perception and Production of Greek Vowels by Greek-Arabic bilinguals, University of Cyprus. Role: Doctoral Researcher. Funded by the Cyprus State Scholarship Foundation; 12.000 EUR; 2014-2018.



  • Top performance among postdoctoral researchers with an overall score of 130% according to the 2019 performance indicators (publications, conferences, seminars, research projects, etc.) set by the Department of General and Russian Linguistics, RUDN University.
  • RUDN University “5-100 Research Grant”: Title: Perception of nonnative segments by Russian speakers. Number: 44-09/19-156 (2018-2020). (2.047.128 RUB; ≈ 30.000 EUR.)
  • PhD scholarship by the Cyprus State Scholarship Foundation (best academic performance; 1 scholarship per faculty, 12.000 EUR.)
  • MA scholarship by the Cyprus State Scholarship Foundation (best academic performance, 3.500 EUR.)
  • BA scholarship by the Tyrimos Foundation (best academic performance; overall 10 scholarships in Cyprus, 22.000 EUR.)


Other Scholarly and Outreach Activities

Conference Scientific Committee

  • 16th Workshop on Syntax, Semantics and Phonology (WoSSP 2019), June 17-18, 2019, Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain.

Editor Journal

  • Theory and Practice in Language Studies journal

Reviewer Journal

  • Language and Speech (SAGE)
  • International Journal of Applied Linguistics (Wiley)
  • Phonology (Cambridge University Press)
  • Journal of Second Language Studies (John Benjamins)
  • Theory and Practice in Language Studies (Academy Publication)

Reviewer Conferences/Workshops

  • 21st Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (Interspeech 2020), September 14-18, 2020, Shanghai, China.
  • 13th Conference on Syntax, Phonology, and Language Analysis (SinFonIJA 13). September 24-26, 2020, Research Institute for Linguistics, Budapest, Hungary.
  • 20th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (Interspeech 2019), September 15-19, 2019, Graz, Austria.
  • 16th Workshop on Syntax, Semantics and Phonology (WoSSP 2019), June 17-18, 2019, Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain.
  • 7th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN 15), July 6-8, 2015, Barcelona, Spain.