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Dr Lluisa Astruc

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  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer (Spanish)
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Languages and Applied Linguistics
  • Languages
  • lluisa.astruc

Professional biography

Before joining the Department of Spanish as Lecturer, I have worked as Affiliated Lecturer  in the Department of Spanish, University of Cambridge (since 2007), Associate Researcher at the Centre Neuroscience in Education, University of Cambridge (2008), Research Assistant at The Open University (2006), and as an Associate Lecturer of Spanish (The Open University, 2006-2008). 

I currently work as Co-Editor in one of the main journals in Applied Linguistics (System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics)

These are some recent articles:

  • Astruc, L., Vanrell, M.M. (2016, published online 2016-03-22). ‘Intonational phonology and politeness in L1 and L2 Spanish’. Citation Information: Probus. ISSN (Online) 1613-4079.

  • Vanrell, M.M., Prieto, P. (2016) ‘Cost of the action and social distance affect the selection of question intonation in Catalan’. In Armstrong, M., Henriksen, N., & Vanrell, M.M. (Eds) Interdisciplinary approaches to intonational grammar in Ibero-Romance. intonation. John Benjamins series Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics.
  • Astruc, L., Adinolfi, L. (2015). ‘An exploration of the phonology of lexical chunks in L2 speech’.  Festschrift for Jim Coleman, Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching.

Research interests

My research has dealt mainly with phonetics and phonology (especially prosody), with language acquistion in the L1 and L2, and with the motivation to learn Modern Languages.

I have worked in several research projects as Associate Researcher, Co-Investigator, and Collaborator over the last few years.

My new project (with Co-Investigator Inma Álvarez) is called "Diasporic identities and the politics of language teaching" will run between July 2016 and July 2020. The aim is to investigate the role of the modern language teachers in a changing linguistic, social, and cultural landscapes. "Diasporic identities" is part of a large interdisciplinary project, Language Acts and Worldmaking, with colleagues in Kings’ College London, Queen Mary University of London, and University of Westminster, and one of only four projects funded by the AHRC under the Open World Research Initiative (OWRI).

Read about Language Acts and Worldmaking here:  http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/newsevents/news/open-world-research-initiative-launched/

 

Associate Researcher

2008-2009  ‘Rhythmic Timing and Dyslexia: A Causal Connection?’

Funder:  ESRC (RES-000-23-0475, £181,740.08). Principal Investigator: Professor Usha Goswami (Centre for Neuroscience in Education, Cambridge U.).

 

Co-Investigator

2009-10 ‘A cross-linguistic study of intonational development in young infants and children’

Funder: British Academy Small Research Grant (£7,365). Collaborators: Brechjte Post (Principal Investigator, Cambridge U.), UAB (Pilar Prieto, Maria del Mar Vanrell), Elinor Payne (Oxford U.).

2008-09 ‘The acquisition of intonation in Catalan, Spanish, and English’

Funder: Generalitat de Catalunya, Beques Batista i Roca, 2009 PBR 00018, (€ 7,100). Collaborators: Pilar Prieto (Principal Investigator, UAB), Maria del Mar Vanrell (UAB), Elinor Payne (Oxford U.), Brechjte Post (Cambridge U.). 

2007-08 ‘Rhythm acquisition in Catalan, Spanish, and English’

Funder: Generalitat de Catalunya (Beques Batista i Roca,  2007 PBR 29, Grant: € 9,290) Collaborators: Pilar Prieto (Principal Investigator) and Maria del Mar Vanrell (UAB). Elinor Payne (Oxford U.), Brechjte Post (Cambridge U.).

 

International Collaborator

2010-12 ‘The role of tonal scaling and tonal alignment in distinguishing intonational categories in Catalan and Spanish’

Funder: Spanish Government (Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia, FFI2009-07648/FILO, Grant: € 88,330).

With Pilar Prieto (Principal Investigator, UPF), Joan Borràs, Veronica Crespo, and Maria del Mar Vanrell (UPF); Eva Estebas (UNED), Teresa Cabré (UAB).

2006-09 ‘Estructura prosódica y adquisición de la prosodia en catalán y español’

Funder: Spanish Government (Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia-FEDER, HUM2006-01758/FILO, Grant: € 93, 000).

With Pilar Prieto (Principal Investigator, UPF), Eva Estebas (UNED), Teresa Cabré UAB) , Maria del Mar Vanrell (UPF).

 

Internally-funded projects

2011- 2012 ‘The acquisition of fluency  (intonation, speech rhythm, and the prosody of lexical chunks) by advanced learners of Spanish’

Funder: CREET Small Grant and Strategic Investment, £2000.

2010-2011 ‘Spanish in Second Life’

Funder:  PVC-LTQ budget, The Open University, £3400.

 

Teaching interests

Spanish language and linguistics. For instance, I teach in L204, the OU upper intermediate level course in Spanish. I have taught Spanish linguistics as an Affiliated Lecturer (University of Cambridge) and Spanish language at beginners and intermediate level as an Associated Lecturer (The Open University).

Publications

Intonational phonology and politeness in L1 and L2 Spanish (2016-05)
Astruc, Lluïsa and del Mar Vanrell, Maria
Probus, 28(1) (pp. 91-118)
Tonal targets in early child English, Spanish, and Catalan (2013-06)
Astruc, Lluisa; Payne, Elinor; Post, Brechtje; Vanrell, Maria del Mar and Prieto, Pilar
Language and Speech, 56(2) (pp. 229-253)
Phonotactic and phrasal properties of speech rhythm. Evidence from Catalan, English, and Spanish (2012)
Prieto, Pilar; Vanrell, Maria del Mar; Astruc, Lluisa; Payne, Elinor and Post, Brechtje
Speech Communication, 54(6) (pp. 681-702)
Measuring child rhythm (2012)
Payne, Elinor; Post, Brechtje; Astruc, Lluisa; Prieto, Pilar and Vanrell, Maria del Mar
Language and Speech, 55(2) (pp. 203-229)
Amplitude envelope perception, phonology and prosodic sensitivity in children with developmental dyslexia (2010-09)
Goswami, Usha; Gerson, Danielle and Astruc, Lluisa
Reading and Writing, 23(8) (pp. 995-1019)
Acquisition of tonal targets in Catalan, Spanish and English (2009-12)
Astruc-Aguilera, L.; Payne, E.; Post, B.; Prieto, P. and Vanrell, M. M.
Cambridge Occasional Papers in Linguistics, 5 (pp. 1-14)
Rhythmic modification in child directed speech (2009)
Payne, Elinor; Post, Brechtje; Astruc, Lluïsa; Prieto, Pilar and Vanrell, Maria del Mar
Oxford University Working Papers in Linguistics, Philology & Phonetics, 12(2009) (pp. 123-144)
Cortesia y entonacion: las interrogativas absolutas en catalan (2008)
Astruc, Lluïsa
Revista de Letras, 7 (pp. 41-53)
The phonological representation of edge tones in Spanish alternative questions (2008)
Vizcaino Ortega, Francisco; Cabrera Abreu, Mercedes; Estebas Vilaplana, Eva and Astruc-Aguilera, Lluisa
Language Design (pp. 31-38)
The form and function of extra-sentential elements (2005)
Astruc-Aguilera, Lluisa
Cambridge Occasional Papers in Linguistics, 2 (pp. 1-25)
Right-dislocations: Influence of information structure on prosodic phrasing and intonation (2004)
Astruc, Lluisa
Cambridge Occasional Papers in Linguistics, 1 (pp. 1-14)
Sentence external elements in Catalan (2003)
Astruc-Aguilera, Lluisa
Catalan Journal of Linguistics, 2 (pp. 15-31)
Cost of the action and social distance affect the selection of question intonation in Catalan (2016)
Astruc, Lluisa; Vanrell, Maria del Mar and Prieto, Pilar
In: Armstrong, Meghan E.; Henriksen, Nicholas and Vanrell , Maria del Mar eds. Intonational Grammar in Ibero-Romance: Approaches across linguistic subfields (pp. 91-114)
ISBN : 9789027258052 | Publisher : John Benjamins Publishing Company
Adquisició dels patrons d'alineació i de camp tonal en català i espanyol (2011)
Vanrell, Maria del Mar; Prieto, Pilar; Astruc, Lluisa; Payne, Elinor and Post, Brechtje
In: Navarro, Antonio Hidalgo; Martín, Yolanda Congosto and Merín, Mercedes Quilis eds. El Estudio de la prosodia en España en el siglo XXI: perspectivas y ámbitos. Anejo de Quaderns de Filologia (pp. 71-88)
ISBN : 8437081637 | Publisher : Facultat de Filologia: Universitat de València
Situated learning in virtual worlds and identity reformation (2011)
Adams, Anne; Astruc, Lluisa; Garrido, Cecilia and Sweeney, Breen
In: Peachey, Anna and Childs, Mark eds. Reinventing Ourselves: Contemporary Concepts of Identity in Virtual Worlds. Immersive Environments (pp. 275-299)
ISBN : 978-0-85729-360-2 | Publisher : Springer-Verlag | Published : London
Chilean Spanish Intonation (2010-11-10)
Ortiz, Héctor; Fuentes, Marcela and Astruc, Lluïsa
In: Prieto, Pilar and Roseano, Paolo eds. LSPh 06: Transcription of Intonation of the Spanish Language
ISBN : 9783862901845 | Publisher : Lincom Europa
Venezuelan Andean Spanish intonation (2010)
Astruc, Lstruc; Mora, Elsa and Rew, Simon
In: Prieto, Pilar and Roseano, Paolo eds. Transcription of Intonation of the Spanish Language (pp. 191-226)
ISBN : 9783862901845 | Publisher : Lincom Europa
Variation in the intonation of extra-sentential elements (2007)
Astruc-Aguilera, Lluisa and Nolan, Francis
In: Prieto, Pilar; Mascaro, Joan and Sole, Maria-Josep eds. Segmental and Prosodic Issues in Romance Phonology. Current Issues in Linguistic Theory (282) (pp. 85-107)
ISBN : 9789027247971 | Publisher : John Benjamins
Variation in the intonation of sentential adverbs in English and Catalan (2007)
Astruc, Lluisa and Nolan, Francis
In: Riad, Tomas and Gussenhoven, Carlos eds. Tones and Tunes, Volume 1: Typological Studies in Word and Sentence Prosody (pp. 233-262)
ISBN : 9783110190571 | Publisher : Mouton de Gruyter | Published : Berlin
Entonacion interrogativa en espanol y en ingles (2007)
Ramirez Verdugo, Dolores Ramirez; Astruc, Lluisa and Moran, Berta
In: Dorta, Josefa ed. La prosodia en el ámbito lingüístico románico (pp. 210-232)
ISBN : 9788493286880 | Publisher : La Pagina Ediciones | Published : Madrid
Motivating students through technology: using media and collaborative technologies in language teaching and learning (2012-03)
Marín García, M. Paz and Astruc, Lluisa
In : INTED2012 (5-7 March 2012, Valencia, Spain)
The status of variable phonetic output in early speech (2011)
Payne, Elinor; Eftychiou, Eftychia; Post, Brechtje; Astruc, Lluïsa; Prieto, Pilar and Vanrell, Maria
In : The 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS XVII) (17-21 August 2011, Hong Kong, China)
Speech rhythm as durational marking of prosodic heads and edges. Evidence from Catalan English, and Spanish (2010-05)
Prieto, Pilar; Vanrell, Maria del Mar; Astruc, Lluïsa; Payne, Elinor and Post, Brechtje
In : Speech Prosody 2010 (11-14 May 2010, Chicago)
Early acquisition of F0 alignment and scaling patterns in Catalan and Spanish (2010-05)
Vanrell, Maria del Mar; Prieto, Pilar; Astruc, Lluïsa; Payne, Elinor and Post, Brecthje
In : Speech Prosody (10-14 May 2010, Chicago)
A cross-linguistic study of prosodic lengthening in child-directed speech (2010)
Payne, Elinor; Post, Brechtje; Astruc, Lluisa; Prieto, Pilar and Vanrell, Maria del Mar
In : Speech Prosody 2010 (11-14 May 2010, Chicago)
Word prosody in early child Cataln, Spanish and English (2010)
Astruc, Lluisa; Payne, Elinor; Post, Brechtje; Prieto, Pilar and Vanrell, Maria del Mar
In : Speech Prosody 2010 (11-14 May 2010, Chicago)
Stress and accent: Acoustic correlates of metrical prominence in Catalan (2006)
Astruc, Lluisa and Prieto, Pilar
In : ITRW on Experimental Linguistics (28-30 Aug 2006, Athens, Greece)
Acoustic cues of stress and accent in Catalan (2006)
Astruc, Lluisa and Prieto, Pilar
In : Speech Prosody 2006 (2-5 May 2006, Dresden, Germany)
Intonation of right-dislocations in Catalan (2003)
Astruc-Aguilera, Lluisa
In : 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS) (3-9 Aug 2003, Barcelona, Spain)

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