Mattia Zingaretti (AFHEA)

Thesis title: The dynamics of late bilingualism: First language change in adult language learners


Mattia is an AHRC-funded PhD researcher in Linguistics and English Language, investigating first-language change in adult learners of a foreign language through the use of behavioural psycholinguistics methods. He holds an MSc in English Language from the University of Edinburgh, with a dissertation discussing the native-speaker ideal in light of research outcomes in first language attrition, which was awarded a Distinction. He previously completed his BA (summa cum laude) in English and German at the University of Rome La Sapienza, in which he focused on the teaching and learning of English and its varieties, with a particular interest for lingua-franca English.

Mattia is also an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), and he is currently completing a PGCert in Academic Practice (Higher Education). Since 2018, he has been a tutor for a range of linguistics and language acquisition courses in the Linguistics and English Language department as well as Italian courses in the Department of European Languages and Cultures. Additionally, he volunteers for the Bilingualism Matters research and information centre at Edinburgh University, collaborating regularly on different projects and events which aim to bridge the gap between research and the wider public.

Undergraduate teaching


  • LEL (PPLS): Tutor in First Language Acquisition (Honours) [SEM1] 
  • DELC (LLC): Tutor in Foundation Italian Language 1 [YR] and Italian 1 [YR]


  • LEL (PPLS): Tutor in First Language Acquisition (Honours) [SEM1], Second Language Acquisition (Honours) [SEM2] and Child Bilingualism: Language and Cognition [SEM2]; Guest Lecturer in Second Language Acquisition [SEM2]


  • LEL (PPLS): Tutor in Linguistics and English Language 1A [SEM1], Linguistics and English Language 1B [SEM2], First Language Acquisition (Honours) [SEM1], Second Language Acquisition (Honours) [SEM2], and Linguistics and English Language 2D: Cross-Linguistic Variation - Limits and Theories (marking only) [SEM2]

Current research interests

Language acquisition; attrition; change; bilingualism; psycholinguistics.

Past research interests

English varieties and dialects; lingua-franca English (ELF).

Affiliated research centres

Current project grants

PhD Studentship: AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (managed by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities).



  • Linguistics and English Language Postgraduate Conference 2019 (LELPGC19), Edinburgh 



  • Bilingualism Matters Research Symposium (BMRS) 2019, Edinburgh
  • Linguistics and English Language Postgraduate Conference 2019 (LELPGC19), Edinburgh
  • Experimental Methods in Language Acquisition Research (EMLAR) XV, Utrecht (Netherlands)