Georgios P. Georgiou

Georgios P. Georgiou
University of Nicosia · Department of Languages and Literature

PhD in Linguistics

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Introduction
My research focuses on the investigation of how typical and atypical individuals perceive and produce native and nonnative speech sounds and the extent to which successful speech acquisition is predicted by linguistic, biological, cognitive, and other factors. The ultimate goal is to update current theories of speech acquisition and maximize learning outcomes.
Additional affiliations
March 2021 - December 2021
Cyprus University of Technology
Position
  • Postdoc Position
September 2020 - February 2021
University of Central Lancashire
Position
  • Associate Lecturer
September 2019 - February 2021
University of Nicosia
Position
  • Adjunct Lecturer
Education
March 2021 - December 2021
Cyprus University of Technology
Field of study
  • Speech-Language Pathology
September 2018 - June 2020
Peoples' Friendship University of Russia
Field of study
  • Linguistics (phonetics/phonology)
September 2014 - June 2018
University of Cyprus
Field of study
  • Linguistics

Publications

Publications (46)
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This study aims to investigate the perception of phonological, grammatical, and semantic structures by 8 children (age range: 8;2–9;5) with developmental language disorders (DLD). Another 8 age-matched (age range: 8;4–10;0) typically developing (TD) children served as controls. The results demonstrated that children with DLD had lower performance t...
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The wide spread of SARS-CoV-2 led to the extensive use of face masks in public places. Although masks offer significant protection from infectious droplets, they also impact verbal communication by altering speech signal. The present study examines how two types of face masks affect the speech properties of vowels. Twenty speakers were recorded pro...
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The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of auditory perceptual phonetic training on the identification and production of English vowels by Cypriot Greek children and adults. Another two groups of Cypriot Greek child and adult speakers served as controls. The trained groups participated in the pretest, training, and posttest phase, wh...
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Several speech models have been formed in the past aiming to predict the abilities of nonnative listeners or learners in perceiving and producing speech sounds. The present paper proposes a new model for speech perception, the Universal Perceptual Model of Second Language (henceforth, UPM). UPM assumes that second language phone acquisition is stro...
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The present study investigates the effect of high variability phonetic training (HVPT) on the discrimination of second language (L2) vowel contrasts by adult speakers who live in a country where the L2 is dominant. The same subjects who participated in a previous discrimination task were trained in the discrimination of four L2 vowel contrasts whic...
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This volume explores aspects of second language (L2) acquisition using experimental designs or studies which open the way for future experimental research. The insights provided here will be useful for several disciplines, including linguistics, psychology, and education, among others.
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The present study examines how contrastive L2 English plosives on syllable-level are perceived by Cypriot Greek speakers and how the use of L2 affects these perceptions. The participants were 30 university students with sufficient knowledge of English as an L2. They completed two forced-choice discrimination tasks in which they had to discriminate...
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Previous evidence suggested that the phonetic features of a given language may modulate the quantity of droplets emitted from the mouth during speech, determining viral transmissibility. This scoping review aims to present the body of research with respect to the effect of different types of speech sounds on the potential transmission of a virus an...
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Several speech models have been developed to examine second language (L2) speech patterns, considering that the acquisition of L2 sounds is often challenging for most learners. The Universal Perceptual Model (UPM) is a newly introduced model which provides predictions about the discrimination of L2 phone contrasts. In this paper, the central tenets...
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Objectives: Language can shape the way we perceive the world. In this paper, we investigated how exposure to media texts containing alarming and militaristic language affects peoples' notions regarding COVID-19 and the consequences of this effect on public health. Methods: The participants filled a questionnaire in which they were asked to read...
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Background: The present study aims to investigate the effect of the first language (L1) orthography on the perception of the second language (L2) vowel contrasts and whether orthographic effects occur at the sublexical level. Methods: Fourteen adult Greek learners of English participated in two AXB discrimination tests: one auditory and one orthogr...
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The present study aims to investigate the relationship between perceived cross-linguistic similarity and second language (L2) production. To this purpose, Egyptian Arabic learners of Greek in Cyprus who took part in a previous cross-linguistic perceptual study, completed a production test with respect to the Cypriot Greek vowels. The findings showe...
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In this paper, I propose a model for the diagnosis of schizophrenia. This model will be based on the individuals’ speech perception patterns. This is an alternative way to examine schizophrenia and which will provide new insights into how mental disorders can be investigated from a linguistic point of view.
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Aim and questions: Second language learners are often acquiring a second language (L2) in multilingual and bidialectal sociolinguistic environments. The competing pronunciations can be challenging to language learners. This study aims to determine the effects of language variety—standard variety versus local variety—on L2 vowel learning. Methodolog...
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The aim of this database is to provide researchers and scholars a unified database for potential data misreport by 171 countries regarding their Covid-19 daily reported cases. The database show three different tests that are used to determine if the data given by each country in the world fit Benford’s Law.
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The aim of this paper is to provide researchers and scholars a unified database for potential data misreport by 171 countries regarding their COVID-19 daily reported cases. The analysis employs three different tests (chi-square, Kuiper, and Mean Absolute Deviation) to determine if the data given by each country in the world fit Benford's Law.
Data
The dataset includes COVID-19 headlines from major media companies in the world. Each file represents one country. We collected these data using web-mining directly from the media websites or using google when the search results were not sufficient. The number of headlines ranges from 2,000 headlines to 20,000 per media outlet
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Compound production by bidialectal and bilingual children has received scarce attention in terms of research since most of the studies in the literature focus on monolingual populations. Such investigations can offer an understanding of morphological acquisition in bidialectal and bilingual speakers. Also, it has been proposed that formal schooling...
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Background: Little body of research has focused on the epidemic transmissibility and language interface. Aims: In this paper, we aim to investigate whether (i) the feature of aspiration found in the phonological inventory of several languages and (ii) the frequency of occurrence of stop consonants are associated with the transmission of COVID-19 a...
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The aim of this database is to provide researchers and scholars a unified database for potential data misreport by 171 countries regarding their COVID-19 daily reported cases. The analysis employs three different tests (chi-square, Kuiper, and Mean Absolute Deviation) to determine if the data given by each country in the world fit Benford's Law.
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The present study aims to examine the Cypriot Greek consonant perceptual patterns of Russian speakers who permanently live in Cyprus and do not have experience with Greek, and to determine the effect of naturalistic exposure in an unknown language on speech perception. The experimental group consisted of 16 Russian adult speakers who were living pe...
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This volume shows how the language system works in order to cultivate a correct attitude towards language, and to familiarize readers with the science of linguistics and issues related to it. All linguistic phenomena discussed here are accompanied by examples to allow the reader to understand how they are embedded in real linguistic contexts. The b...
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Nonnative sound perception might be challenging for adult listeners since they attune from a very young age to the phonological aspects of their native language and, thus, every nonnative sound is filtered through their first language. The present study investigates the perception of Greek consonants in both Consonant-Vowel (CV) and Vowel-Consonant...
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The present study aims to investigate the identification of native vowel categories by adult individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and estimate their reaction times in both normal and whisper registers; their responses were compared with those of typically developing individuals. The results demonstrated that there was no deficit for indi...
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Previous research has shown that an increased second language (L2) vocabulary size leads to better attunement to the cues required to distinguish L2 contrastive phones. This has been the central tenet of the vocabulary-tuning model (vocab) on the basis of evidence by Japanese learners of English in Australia. We aim to test the validity of the afor...
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Several studies suggest that both the auditory and the visual modalities are important for speech perception, while absence of the visual modality (e.g., due to visual impairment) causes perceptual deficits. By contrast, a body of research portrays that visual cues are not mandatory for the perception of speech movements and thus visually impaired...
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The present study aims to identify the most important language errors in the speech of a second language (L2) Greek speaker, and explain these errors on the basis of the speaker’s first language (L1) interference, the speakers’ sociolinguistic background, and the effect of language mechanisms. The study employs the data of a semi-structured intervi...
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Evidence from previous studies supports that aspirated consonants produce more droplets in comparison to unaspirated consonants during speech. In this paper, we develop the hypothesis that speakers who use languages with aspirated consonants might transmit COVID-19 to other humans easier in comparison to those who use languages without aspirated co...
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The purpose of this study is to investigate the discriminability of two different assimilation types, the Uncategorized-Categorized (UC) and the Uncategorized-Uncategorized assimilation (UU) (Best and Tyler, 2007), as reflected in the discrimination accuracy and reaction times towards non-native contrasts by Russian speakers. The discriminability o...
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The present study aims at uncovering the perceptual patterns of Arabic adult speakers with regard to the vowels of their second language (Greek). For the purpose of the study, 15 native speakers of Egyptian Arabic who permanently live in Cyprus and have adequate knowledge of Greek as a second language passed through vowel assimilation and vowel con...
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The effect of perceptual training on the perception of nonnative sounds has been investigated in several studies. Nevertheless, there are only few studies that attempted a direct comparison of adults' and children's perceptual patterns after receiving phonetic training, and even fewer studies involving Greek learners of English. The present study a...
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The aim of the present study is to investigate the vowel perceptual patterns of Cypriot Greek children who learn English as a foreign language in Cyprus and their cue-reliance during L2 vowel categorization. To this purpose, 26 native speakers of Cypriot Greek participated in a perceptual assimilation task and an AXB discrimination task. The findin...
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It is evident that the first language (L1) phonological repertoire affects to a great extent the acquisition of nonnative sounds since every unfamiliar sound is filtered through the listeners’ native language (Georgiou, 2019; Bosch et al., 2000; Sebastián-Gallés & Soto Faraco, 1999; Bongaerts et al., 1997). Also the size and structure of the learne...
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It is evident that listeners have difficulties in perceiving the sounds of a non-native language due their first language (L1) experience (Georgiou, 2019, 2018b). Our study aims to investigate how Russian speakers perceive Greek consonants by taking into consideration the theoretical framework of the Perceptual Assimilation Model (PAM) (Best and Ty...
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Neglecting pronunciation in the instruction of foreign languages is quite common both worldwide [Derwing, T. M., and M. J. Murno, 2005. "Second Language Accent and Pronunciation Teaching: A Research-Based Approach." TESOL Quarterly 39 (3): 379-397] and in Greek-Cypriot classrooms [Kyprianou, M. 2015. "Teaching and Learning English Pronunciation in...
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The purpose of the study is to investigate the effect of High Variability Phonetic Training (HVPT) on the perception of Greek vowels by Arabic speakers. The participants were Egyptian Arabic adult speakers who permanently live in Cyprus and receive Greek input mainly naturalistically. In a previous study (Georgiou 2018), the same population of list...
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It has been previously proposed that small native vowel inventories impede the acquisition of foreign language vowels that come from larger inventories. The present study aims to investigate how the already-formed Greek phonological system is modified after the perception of the English vowels in a non-naturalistic environment and to what extent Gr...
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The present study investigates the assimilation of the Cypriot Greek (CGR) vowels to the phonological categories of Egyptian Arabic (EA) as well as the discrimination of 2 stressed and 2 unstressed Cypriot Greek vowel contrasts by native speakers of Egyptian Arabic. It also intends to test the discriminability of the assimilation types according to...
Thesis
The purpose of this thesis is the investigation of the perception and production of the Cypriot Greek vowels by Egyptian Arab learners of Greek as a second language (L2). The particular group of adult learners has been taught Greek through formal education settings (schools, universities) living as well permanently in a country where Greek is domin...
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By reinforcing our language skills we can increase the opportunities for employment. The presentation discusses issues and techniques for the correct use of our native language in order to be able to succeed in the competitive work context.
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A simple syntax textbook of the Ancient Greek language. The linguistic phenomena are analysed with a simple way, providing as well examples translated in Modern Greek. It also includes exercises for a better understanding of the syntactic phenomena.
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The presentation aims to bring out the importance of the deployment of specific speech learning models (e.g. SLM, PAM) in order to instruct the sounds of an L2.
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It is commonly acceptable that the development and reinforcement of generic skills leads people to a more active role in the society; contributing in that way to their personal development and improvement of their working performance. The latter will be set as a point of reference for the following discussion. Future workers should develop skills s...

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Question
Hello,
We need to recruit speakers of Standard British English for our study. Participants will listen to two words and will have to select whether the vowels are the same or different. The experiment will take no more than 10 minutes.
If you are interested, you can do the experiment here: https://forms.gle/TNUNyEqSoJuWKCWE9
Your help will be much appreciated!

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The study aims to investigate the language abilities of Cypriot Greek child speakers with DLD regarding three main linguistic levels: phonology, syntax, and semantics. Also, the project seeks to observe differences in the linguistic processing between two child populations with DLD that differ in age. The whole project underlines an innovative multidisciplinary perspective within the language perception domain using methodology from disciplines such as linguistics and psychology and having implications for linguistics, psychology, and speech therapy.
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The aim of this project is to investigate the role of cognitive functions (phonological short-term memory, intelligence) on the perception of second language sounds by monolingual and bidialectal populations. The whole project underlines an innovative multidisciplinary perspective within the speech acquisition domain using methodology from disciplines such as linguistics and psychology and having implications for linguistics, psychology, pedagogy, and speech therapy.
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The goal of this project is to have a better understanding of the COVID-19 in terms of public health policies