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Anna Mikhaylova


Assistant Professor of Linguistics, PhD, University of South Carolina (2012)


My research interests lie at the intersection of Second Language Acquisition, Bilingualism, Sociolinguistics and Language Teaching. I am interested in cognitive, social and pedagogical implications of bilingualism in its broad sense and specifically in the similarities and differences between language development in foreign/second language learners and heritage speakers. I am interested in finding which linguistic phenomena are more difficult to acquire and why. I study factors that can potentially affect the success of bilingual language acquisition, such as the possibility of language transfer from the dominant/first language, processing difficulties and age of onset of bilingualism, as well as effects of literacy, proficiency, and type/context of input of the acquirer. Before coming to Oregon, I taught a range of college level courses, including various courses on English and Russian as Foreign Languages and Foreign Language Teaching Methods.


  • (2012) Aspectual Knowledge in High Proficiency L2 and Adult Heritage Speakers of Russian. Heritage Language Journal 9(2), 187-206.
  • (2011) Interaction of Aspectual Morphology in L2 and Heritage Russian. Selected Proceedings of the 2010 Second Language Research Forum, Gisela Granena et al., 63-77. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.
  • (2009) L2 Nonword Recognition and the Phonotactic Constraints. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics, 15 (1), 17
  • (2006). Second Language Influence among Russian-English Late Bilin- guals: Experimental Study. Inostrannye jazyki v vysshej shkole 3, 110–119, Ryazan State University Press

Recent Presentations

  • “On Age of Onset of Bilingualism in Heritage Language Acquisition of Russian Aspect.” American Association of Applied Linguistics 2014, Portland, Oregon. March 23, 2014
  • “Non-Native and Native Speakers’ Perceptions of Professional Language Development Opportunities within a Language Teaching MA Program”, with Keli Yerian and Trish Pashby. American Association of Applied Linguistics 2014, Portland. March 22, 2014
  • “Transfer effects in fluent heritage speakers’ processing of Russian aspect.” 2nd International Conference on Heritage Language, UCLA, California. March 7, 2014
  • “Morphological and semantic factors in the acquisition of (im)perfectivity in L2 Russian” (with Mila Tasseva-Kurktchieva). Second Language Research Forum 2013, Brigham Young University, Provo. October 31, 2013
  • “(Why) is the Imperfective difficult to acquire? Insights from L2 Russian.” Second Language Research Forum 2012, University of Maryland, College Park, October 19, 2012
  • “Morphological Bottleneck: The case of Russian heritage speakers.” 6th Heritage Language Summer Institute: From Overhearers to High Proficiency Speakers: Advancing Heritage Learners’ Skills, UCLA, Los Angeles. June 19, 2012

LT Courses and electives taught:

  • LING 444/544 Second Language Acquisition
  • LT 436/536 Second Language Teaching Planning
  • LT 611 Master’s Project
  • LING 644 Advanced Second Language Acquisition
  • LING 407/507 Seminar on Bilingualism and Language Contact
  • LING 407/507 Seminar on Heritage Language Development over Lifespan