Francesca Nicora

I am currently a part-time teaching assistant in Italian at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and a research assistant to the onLIne Language leArning and teaChing (LILAC) project, directed by Dr. Laura McLoughlin.

I have recently completed my Structured-PhD degree in Italian Studies from National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) under the supervision of Dr. Anne O'Connor (NUI Galway) and Dr. Laura McLoughlin (NUI Galway) and with the additional supervision of Dr. Barbara Gili Fivela (Università del Salento, Lecce). The PhD project entitled "Prosodic training in foreign language: a study with Hiberno-English learners of Italian" has been chosen as the winner of the IRAAL (Irish Association for Applied Linguistics) postgraduate award in 2019. Later, the European Doctorate Award was conferred in April 2020.

My research interests include second language prosody acquisition, phonetics and phonology with particular focus on intonation and pragmatics (Irish-English and Italian varieties), corpus linguistics, audiovisual translation in language teaching and learning (subtitling and re-voicing), e-learning & e-teaching and technologies in language teaching.


NUI Galway


prosody; Irish English; language variation


Poster Session
Thomas Schmidt, Hans Van de Velde, Maria Flaksman, Eline Zenner, Péter Jeszenszky, Melissa Schuring, Jan Gorisch, Adrian Leemann, Melanie Studerus, Carina Steiner, Sandra Widmer Beierlein, Nantke Pecht, Robert Lange, Gintare Gelunaite-Malinauskiene, Maike Rocker, Christine Graeppi, Maggie Bullock, Francesca Nicora, Agnes Kim, Lorea Unamuno, Bianca Sell, Ljubica Leone, Martin Fuchs, Chiara Meluzzi, Christian Paga, Anca Bibiri, Gorka Basterretxea Santiso, Berta Badia-Barrera, Wilbert Heeringa, Raoul Buurke, Anne-France Pinget, Cesko Voeten, Mihaela Mocanu, Paz González, Maria Schinko, Lea Bauernfeind

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Sociolinguistic variation of the MOUTH diphthong in two Irish English varieties
Francesca Nicora, Chiara Meluzzi
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