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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.

Languages in Contact Conference 2018

Conference on Languages in Contact, co-organised by the iLLT. Worclaw, Poland, June 2018.


Linguistics Circle (16 March)

Prof. Barbara Plank, University of Groningen

Title: Transfer Learning for Natural Language Processing (NLP) - Where are we now?

Date: Friday 16th March at 12:00

Venue: GW156

Linguistics Circle (23 March)
Dr. Stavros Assimakopoulos and Ms Rebecca Vella Muskat, University of Malta

Title: Exploring discriminatory attitudes in Malta: a discourse-analytic approach

Date: Friday 23rd March at 12:00

Venue: GW156 

Linguistics Circle (13 April)
Prof. Sergio Portelli
University of Malta

Class timetables are now available from this page.

For study-units LIN1063, LIN1065, LIN2013 and LIN5063, please click on this page to check the Academic English timetable.

Last Updated: 27 September 2013

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