Johanna Basnak

PhD Linguistics & English Language

  • Linguistics and English Language
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Dugald Stewart Building

3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
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2022 - present  -  PhD in Linguistics (University of Edinburgh)

  • Project: Effects of phonemic inventories on phonological typology and lexical design.

2020-2021  -   MSc in Linguistics (University of Edinburgh)

  • Dissertation: Preference/learnability mismatch in sound repetition — a real phonological effect?

2012 - 2014  -   MA in French Literature (Université Paris IV-Sorbonne)

2007 - 2011  -    French Teaching Degree (Instituto en Lenguas Vivas Juan Ramón Fernández)

Responsibilities & affiliations

2022- present  -  Language & History (Journal)

  • Editorial Assistant

Current research interests

Developmental phonology,  phonological typology, phonemic inventories, lexical acquisition, learning biases.

Current project grants

3.5 year studentship, Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (2022-2026).

Past project grants

Bourse Master Ile-de-France (2012-2014).

Papers delivered

Basnak, J., & Ota, M. (2022) Phonological typology and learning biases for word forms. Talk, BUCLD 47, November 2022.

Basnak, J., & Ota, M. (2022) Do form-learning biases align with typological frequencies? Poster, LabPhon 18, June 2022.

Basnak, J., & Ota, M. (2022) Do form-learning biases align with typological frequencies? Talk, 29th Manchester Phonology Meeting (mfm), May 2022.

Basnak, J., & Ota, M. (2024). Learnability Advantage of Segmental Repetitions in Word Learning. Language and Speech, 238309231223909. Advance online publication.