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Dr Maria Arche is a senior Lecturer in Spanish and Linguistics at the University of Greenwich in London. Her research falls within the syntax-semantics interface in both adult and second language learners' grammars, with a special interest in Tense, Aspect, Argument Structure and copular clauses. In the past five years she has worked on two projects funded by UK Research Councils (ESRC) about the emergence and development of Spanish as a second language in native speakers of English. She has been a visiting scholar at the department of Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in terms of 2010 and 2011. She has published a monograph entitled Individuals in Time: Tense, Aspect and the individual/stage level distinction (2006, John Benjamins Publishing). At the moment there are two works forthcoming; she is editing a Special Issue on Aspect across languages for Natural Language and Linguistic Theory and another one for Lingua entitled Aspect and argument structure of adjectives and participles, with Antonio Fábregas (University of Tromsoe) and Rafael Marín (University of Lille 3-CNRS.

At the moment she is supervising a PhD project entitled "The acquisition of alternation in second language: copular clauses in Spanish".

Dr Cecile Laval's research interests are in the field of second language acquisition and applied linguistics, with a particular interest in input processing and the processing instruction approach. She is also interested in the use of ICT for independent language learning and the development of e-learning materials for language teaching.

Dr Sarah Liszka's research focuses on adult second language acquisition within the Generative Grammar framework. 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. To date she has worked individually and collaboratively on the L2 acquisition of the English tense and aspect system. She has contributed to the ongoing debates of (i) how much access an adult second language learner has to Universal Grammar and (ii) how to explain selective fossilisation. She also examines the relationship between L2 linguistic competence and pragmatic processes from a Relevance Theory perspective.

Dr Liszka is interested in supervising research students in projects on any of the following: issues in second language acquisition; the linguistic-pragmatic interface; tense and aspect.

Dr Zoe Pettit's research interests are in audiovisual translation include interlingual subtitling and dubbing, multimodality, verbal and non-verbal communication. She is interested in the audio-visual medium and the relationship between language and image within the context of foreign language subtitling and dubbing. She has published various articles and book chapters in this field and participates regularly in conferences on audiovisual translation. She is a member of the European Society for Translation Studies, the European Association for Studies in Screen Translation, the Chartered Institute of Linguists and the International Association for Translation and Intercultural Studies.

Applied Linguistics Research Group is part of the Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities, University of Greenwich.