Dr Ksenia Gnevsheva

PhD (University of Canterbury), M.A. (University of Arizona), B.A. (Saratov State University)
Lecturer in Linguistics
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Linguistics 2004
  • Language Studies 2003
  • Language In Culture And Society (Sociolinguistics) 200405
  • Applied Linguistics And Educational Linguistics 200401
  • English As A Second Language 200303
  • Central And Eastern European Languages (Incl. Russian) 200304

Research interests

Ksenia’s main linguistic interest lies at the intersection of sociolinguistics and second language acquisition. Her current work focuses on sociolinguistic variation in bilingual speakers in production and perception. 



I am a Lecturer in Linguistics in the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics at the ANU. I hold a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), a M.A. in English as a Second Language from the University of Arizona (USA), and a B.A. in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics from the Saratov State University (Russia). Before joining the ANU in 2017, I worked as a Linguistic Scientist in Research and Development at Fluent Scientific, Ltd. In addition to English and Russian, I have significant familiarity with French, Korean, Polish, and Spanish.


Researcher's projects

  • Sociophonetic variation in bilingual speakers.
  • Second dialect acquisition in a second language.
  • Accentedness perception and linguistic discrimination.
  • Accent identification and attitudinal evaluation.
  • L2 acquisition in a study-abroad context.
  • Acquisition of sociolinguistic variation in a foreign language context.
  • Using ultrasound imaging in L2 teaching.


Available student projects

I welcome proposals for research in any of the areas listed in the research interests section above. 

Current student projects

Fearghas Macfarlane, Honours thesis, Acquisition of English coronal sibilants by L1 Mandarin speakers

Jiahuan Zhang, Honours thesis, A study of Chinese-L2 learners’ acquisition of noun classifiers

Paul Reid, Masters thesis, A Comparison of Machine Learning Algorithms and Native Speaker Perceptual Frameworks in the Discrimination of Phonemic Contrasts

Past student projects

Kayla Sarte, Masters thesis, 2019, The Development of Phrasal Complexity in Filipino L2 English Argumentative Writings 

Janice Chan, Honours thesis, 2019, The effectiveness of Duolingo in Chinese acquisition 


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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