Dr Ksenia Gnevsheva

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

Areas of expertise

  • Linguistics 2004
  • Laboratory Phonetics And Speech Science 200404
  • Language In Culture And Society (Sociolinguistics) 200405
  • Applied Linguistics And Educational Linguistics 200401
  • Language Studies 2003
  • 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 sociophonetics 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. 

Additionally, I have data that could be used for specific projects by Honours/Masters students:

1. Second dialect acquisition.

2. Second dialect acquisition in a second language.

3. Second language acquisition in a study-abroad context.

4. Sociolinguistic variation in second language speakers of English.

5. Sociolinguistic variation in first and heritage language speakers of Russian.

Past student projects

Xiaozhu Liu, 2023, Masters thesis, Predictors of cross-dialectal convergence in the English of Chinese L1 speakers

Long Yu Lo, 2023, Honours thesis, International and local school graduates’ production of aspiration, labialization, and tone in Hong Kong Cantonese

Yao Lu, Masters thesis, 2020, Accentedness and personality evaluation of Asian and Caucasian non-native English speakers by Asian non-native English listeners

Fearghas Macfarlane, Honours thesis, 2020, Acquisition of English coronal sibilants by L1 Mandarin speakers

Paul Reid, Masters thesis, 2020, A comparison of machine learning algorithms and native speaker perceptual frameworks in the discrimination of phonemic contrasts

Jiahuan Zhang, Honours thesis, 2019, Crosslinguistic influence on adult L2 learners' acquisition of Chinese classifiers

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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