Sofia Ivanova is a graduate candidate in the Department of Linguistics with a specialization in Second Language Acquisition, Phonetics, and Phonology, and a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia. She is interested in second language acquisition, the acquisition of sound systems by adult learners, cue weighting in the acquisition of novel vowel contrasts, and Russian linguistics. More specifically, her most recent work examines the acquisition of English vowel contrasts by native speakers of Russian.
Sofia holds a BA in English and Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an MA in Biocultural Anthropology from the Ohio State University, and anticipates earning a PhD in Linguistics in 2018. She has been awarded a Graduate School Fellowship from the Ohio State University and an Excellence in Graduate Recruitment Award from the University of Georgia. Her graduate teaching performance at the University of Georgia was recognized in 2014 with an Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. Sofia has recently published on the acquisition of English vowels by native Russian speakers in UGA’s Working Papers in Linguistics. She has recently presented her work on the same topic and on the sound systems of Russian and English at the Interdisciplinary Research & Ideas Symposium and the Linguistics Spring Colloquium at the University of Georgia. She is a native speaker of Russian.
PhD candidate/ABD, Linguistics, University of Georgia. PhD anticipated 2018.
M.A. Biocultural Anthropology, Ohio State University, 2010
B.A. English, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, magna cum laude, 2006
B.A. Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, magna cum laude, 2006
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, University of Georgia, 2014