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Dr Alexandra Vella
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Position Senior Lecturer
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Alexandra Vella

Alexandra (k/a Sandra) Vella is a Senior Lecturer in Phonetics and Phonology and (jointly with Dr Stavros Assimakopoulos) Academic Coordinator for the Linguistics Programme at the University of Malta.

Her specialization is in Phonetics and Phonology, particularly Intonational Phonology, and her research focuses on Maltese prosody and intonation, and on the influence of these on the intonational structure of Maltese English. She is also interested in interlanguage phonology and in accent and dialect variation.

She has written a number of articles and papers on the prosody and intonation of Maltese, including the following:

  • 'Effects of Language Contact on Maltese Intonation' in Aspects of Multilingualism in European Language History (2003)
  • 'Phrase Accents in Maltese' (2003)

Together with Paulseph-John Farrugia she was responsible for the compilation of a corpus of spoken Maltese which was the subject of a recent paper 'MalToBI – Building an Annotated Corpus of Spoken Maltese' (2006).

She is currently working on a project aimed at archiving material from a Survey of Maltese Dialects carried out in the 1960s, and in creating a searchable database using samples from the data. She also heads the SPAN Project on the prosodic annotation of data from a spoken corpus of Maltese.

Research Interests

  • Phonetics and phonology
  • Prosody (especially intonation)
  • Interlanguage phonology

Student contact hours

Students can contact Sandra by email with their queries.

Linguistics Circle (01 Nov)
Jessica Nieder, University of Dusseldorf

Title:  Investigating the plural formation in Maltese with naive discriminative learning
Date: Wednesday 1st November 2017 at 12:00 hrs

Venue: FEMA419
Change in Name
As of April 2017, the Institute has officially changed its name to Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology.

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Ethical approval
Deadlines for submission of ethical approval forms to the Institute Research Ethics Committee are now available on the Research page.
Posts of Part-Time Research Support Assistant or Officer I/II
Posts of Part-Time Research Support Assistant or Officer I/II for the MASRI project that aims to build a Maltese speech recognition system.  
Post of Part Time Research Support Officer I, II or III
Post of Part Time Research Support Officer I, II or III  for the Maltese Sign Language Research Project.
Last Updated: 27 September 2013

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