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Susan Sayehli

Susan Sayehli

Universitetslektor

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Works at The Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism
Telephone 08-16 29 17
Email susan.sayehli@biling.su.se
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 D
Room D442
Postal address Institutionen för svenska och flerspråkighet 106 91 Stockholm

About me

My research interest is psycholinguistics. I find it especially intriguing to understand how the mind learns, stores, accesses and uses the bits and pieces that are in sum what we call language. To me it gets even more fascinating when several different languages are involved. Therefore my research focus is on second language acquisition. I am particularly interested in how the different languages a person knows affect each other and what leads to learning. My focus is usually but no exclusively on morpho-syntactic phenomena. I am using a broad spectrum of methods in my research, ranging from the collection of spontaneous production data, communication tasks, elicited imitations to the recording of reaction times and event-related potentials (ERP).

Research

Present projects:

  • Learning, Teaching and Assessment of Second Foreign Languages - an Alignment Study on Oral Language Proficiency in the Swedish School Context (TAL)
  • Att lära sig fokusera: Hur stockholmska och skånska barn producerar och uppfattar kontrastiv intonation.

Completed Projects:

  • Swedish word order processing in second language learners and native speakers: A psycholinguistic and neurocognitive approach (SWOP2)
  • Precursors of Sign Use in Intersubjectivity and Imitation (PSUII)

Other:

I am appointed by the Swedish National Agency for education to write and edit short popularscientific articles about reserach on multilingualism. See here: Multilingualism

Publications

A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2019. Annika Andersson, Susan Sayehli, Marianne Gullberg. Bilingualism 22 (4), 802-825

    This study examines possible crosslinguistic influence on basic word order processing in a second language (L2). Targeting Swedish V2 word order we investigate adult German learners (+V2 in the L1) and English learners (-V2 in the L1) of Swedish who are matched for proficiency. We report results from two offline behavioural tasks (written production, metalinguistic judgements), and online processing as measured by event-related potentials (ERPs). All groups showed sensitivity to word order violations behaviourally and neurocognitively. Behaviourally, the learners differed from the native speakers only on judgements. Crucially, they did not differ from each other. Neurocognitively, all groups showed a similar increased centro-parietal P600 ERP-effect, but German learners (+V2) displayed more nativelike anterior ERP-effects than English learners (-V2). The results suggest crosslinguistic influence in that the presence of a similar word order in the L1 can facilitate online processing in an L2 - even if no offline behavioural effects are discerned.

  • 2019. Jonas Granfeldt (et al.). Resultatdialog 2019, 29-33
  • 2019. Jonas Granfeldt, Susan Sayehli, Malin Ågren. Apples - Journal of Applied Language Studies 13 (1), 27-48

    This article reports the results of a survey focusing on the educational context of second foreign languages (SFL) to which 147 Swedish secondary school leaders responded. The study aims to provide a picture of how SFLs like German, French and Spanish are organised in a representative selection of Swedish schools across the country. The results of the survey show that there are major differences between languages when it comes to the language offer and the number of pupils and teachers in the respective languages. Moreover, there are also important differences between schools, some of which can be related to educational, socio-economic and regional aspects of the responding schools. A general conclusion of the survey is that conditions for SFLs currently vary across languages and across the country. One of the main challenges for the future seems to be to maintain a varying offer of languages in a majority of schools.

  • 2019. Jonas Granfeldt (et al.). Apples - Journal of Applied Language Studies 13 (1), 1-5
Show all publications by Susan Sayehli at Stockholm University

Last updated: December 19, 2019

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