I am an Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick. I will move to the University of Birmingham from September.  




19th June -- New article online

English orthographic forms lead L2 speakers to produce English homophonic word pairs as phonological minimal pairs. For instance, Italians produce /ˈfɪnɪʃ/ with a short [n] or a long [nː] to distinguish finish from Finnish. With Mirjana Sokolović-Perović (Reading), Paolo Mairano (Turin) and Tania Cerni (Warwick). Read the preprint here.

Bassetti, B., Sokolović-Perović, M., Mairano, P., & Cerni, T. (2018, online first) Orthography-induced length contrasts in the second language phonological systems of L2 speakers of English: Evidence from minimal pairs. Language and Speech. DOI: 10.1177/0023830918780141.


1st June -- New article

Mairano, P., Bassetti, B., Sokolović-Perović, M., & Cerni, T. (2018). Effects of L1 orthography and L1 phonology on L2 English pronunciation. Revue Française de Linguistique Appliquée 23(1), 45-57. Read the preprint here.


16th May -- Invited seminar

I gave an invited seminar about 'Chinese as a Second Language Writing System: Some less widely researched issues' at the University of Göttingen, Germany.



2nd May -- New article

L2 speakers performing a reasoning task in their L2 can outperform native speakers.
ChineseL1-EnglishL2 speakers do calendar calculations in EnglishL2 faster than English native speakers (under certain conditions). With Danijela Trenkic (York) and Annie Clarke (a former undergraduate student).

Bassetti, B., Clarke, A., & Trenkic, D. (2018) The linguistic transparency of calendar terms affects calendar calculations: Evidence from Chinese-English bilinguals. Acta Psychologica, 186, 81-89. DOI: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2018.04.006

READ THE PAPER FOR FREE until 21st June by clicking here, or read the preprint here.


13th April -- Poster presentation

English word spelling can affect EnglishL2 pronunciation in native readers of a non-alphabetic script. JapaneseL1-EnglishL2 late bilinguals produce long consonants in English when words are spelled with double consonants -- for instance a longer [t] in kitty than in city -- like the ItalianL1-EnglishL2 speakers in Bassetti (2017), but across scripts. With Mirjana Sokolović-Perović (Reading) and Susannah Dillon.
Perović, M., Bassetti, B., & Dillon, S. (2018, April) Effects of orthographic forms on speech production in Japanese speakers of L2 English. Poster presented at the British Association of Academic Phoneticians colloquium, Canterbury, UK.