University of Hradec Kralove, Faculty of Informatics and Management, Department of Applied Linguistics
Psycholinguistics of Second Language Acquisition
Topic Overview:

Psycholinguistics of second language acquisition (L2A). This research focuses on the exploration of both linguistic and  cognitive aspects of L2A in younger and older adults. The research includes both quantitative and qualitative methods, e.g. questionnaire surveys or interpretative analysis of students´ oral and written speech. The aim of the  research is to describe  and analyse how second language is acquired from the perspective of applied linguistics, cognitive linguistics and  psycholinguistics.


Conducting the set questionnaire surveys, analysing data, drafting parts of a joint article.


Candidate who are able to conduct a literature review in the world´s databases, such as Web of Science or Scopus, participate in performing questionnaire surveys, and possibly be able to do the statistical analysis.


A joint publication in a Scopus, Web of Science journal, preferably with an impact factor.


a) Klimova, Blanka; Pikhart, Marcel; Dziuba, Szymon; Cierniak-Emerych, Anna. (2021) "Factor Analysis of Subjective Well-Being Sustainability through Foreign Language Learning in Healthy Older  Individuals" Sustainability 13, no. 3: 1590. (IF 2.576).
b) Klimova B, Pikhart M, Cierniak-Emerych A, Dziuba S and Firlej K (2021) A Comparative Psycholinguistic Study on the Subjective Feelings of Well-Being Outcomes of Foreign Language Learning in Older Adults from the Czech Republic and Poland. Front. Psychol. 12:606083. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.606083 (IF 2.323). 
c) Pikhart, M.; Klimova, B. (2020) Maintaining and Supporting Seniors’ Wellbeing through Foreign Language Learning: Psycholinguistics of Second Language Acquisition in Older Age. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health  2020, 17, 8038. (IF 2.849).
d) Klimova B and Pikhart M (2020) Current Research on the Impact of Foreign Language Learning Among Healthy Seniors on Their Cognitive Functions from a Positive Psychology Perspective—A Systematic Review. Front. Psychol. 11:765. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00765 (IF 2.323)
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