Simona Perrone

PhD Linguistics and English Language

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

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Dugald Stewart Building

3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
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I was born in the south of Italy and I studied Chinese philology (Bachelor's Degree) and Linguistics (Master Degree) in Rome. During my education, I spent several periods of time abroad (China, the U.S., France, the U.K.) and I finally ended up in Edinburgh where I'm doing my PhD at the moment. In addition to linguistics and developmental psychology, my interests include visual arts, writing, and painting. 

Current research interests

My main PhD research topic is about cognitive and linguistic development in infancy. Specifically, I look at individual differences in attention, memory, and inhibition of stimuli before and after the exposure to a second language. The aim is to correlate pre-existing differences in precursors of executive functions with performances after the training to establish to what extent individual differences count in language acquisition, inclination to music or sports and so on.

Past research interests

My Bachelor's degree dissertation was a philological research and translation of the first Chinese herbal book, the "Shennong Ben Cao Jing", an old Chinese text dating back to the 300-200 B.C. During my Master degree, I mainly focused on linguistics and I undertook a research about syntactic regularities in Italian-English code-switching in bilingual speakers living in Edinburgh.