Professor Victoria Murphy


  • B.A.H. Linguistics/Psychology – Queen’s University, Kingston On, Canada
  • M.A. Educational Psychology – McGill University, Canada
  • Ph.D. – Second Language Education – McGill University Canada

Victoria Murphy would welcome informal contacts from prospective doctoral students interested in the following topics:

  • Language and literacy development in EAL (ELL/ESL/ Language Minority) children
  • Child L2 and bilingualism
  • Foreign language learning in primary school
  • Lexical development and morphosyntax in L1 and L2 learners


Victoria is active in the following research areas, and would welcome DPhil applications on any of these, particularly those relating to EAL (language minority) children and child L2 learning and foreign language learning in primary school.  She is also the convenor of the Research in English as an Additional Language (REAL) group.  Her research is currently being funded by the ESRC, Leverhulme Trust and Nuffield Foundation.

  • language and literacy development in EAL (ELL/ESL/Language minority) children
  • child L2 learning and bilingualism
  • foreign language learning in primary school
  • cognitive processes underlying L1 and L2 learning
  • lexical development and morphosyntax in L1 and L2 learners

Current Research Project(s)


  • Murphy, V.A., Evangelou, M (2016) Early Childhood Education in English for Speakers of Other Languages. London: British Council.

  • Murphy, VA (2014) Second Language Learning in the Early School Years Trends and Contexts. Oxford University Press, USA.

Book chapters

  • Zhao, T, Murphy, VA (2017) “Factors affecting the speed of word retrieval in children learning English as a foreign language”, In: Learning Foreign Languages in Primary School: Research Insights. 1-21

  • Murphy, V, Macaro, E (2017) “It isn't child's play: Conducting research with children as participants”, In: J McKinley, H Rose (eds.) Doing research in applied linguistics: Realities, dilemmas, and solutions. Routledge.

  • Murphy, VA (2017) “Literacy development in children with English as an additional language (EAL)”, In: Early Language Learning: Complexity and Mixed Methods. 41-61

  • Murphy, VA, Evangelou, M, Goff, J, Tracz, R (2016) “European perspectives on early childhood education and care in English for speakers of other languages”, In: V Murphy, M Evangelou (eds.) Early Childhood Education in English for Speakers of Other Languages. London: British Council.

  • Murphy, VA (2010) “The relationship between age of learning and exposure to the second language in L2 children”, In: E Macaro (ed.) Continuum Companion to Second Language Acquisition. Bloomsbury Publishing.

  • Macaro, E, Vanderplank, R, Murphy, VA (2010) “A compendium of key concepts in second language acquisition”, In: Continuum Companion to Second Language Acquisition. Bloomsbury Publishing. 29-106

Conference papers

  • Zhao, T, Murphy, VA (2015) “Modeling lexical effects in language production: Where have we gone wrong?”, CEUR Workshop Proceedings. 1347 51-57.

  • Karemaker, AM, Jelley, F, Sylva, K, Kanji, G, Murphy, V (2014) Ready to read: how staff training impacts literacy skills in pre-schools. (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

Journal articles

  • Zhao, L, Dehe, N, Murphy, VA (2018) “From pitch to purpose: The prosodic-pragmatic mapping of [I plus verb] belief constructions in English and Mandarin”, JOURNAL OF PRAGMATICS. 123 57-77.

  • Murphy, VA (2018) “Commentary: Socio-economic status, young language learning, and the weapon to change the world”, SYSTEM. 73 89-93.

  • Hennebry, M, Rogers, V, Macaro, E, Murphy, V (2017) “Direct teaching of vocabulary after listening: is it worth the effort and what method is best?”, Language Learning Journal. 45(3) 282-300.

  • Campfield, DE, Murphy, VA (2017) “The influence of prosodic input in the second language classroom: does it stimulate child acquisition of word order and function words?”, Language Learning Journal. 45(1) 81-99.

  • Fung, K.T.D, Murphy, VA (2016) “Cross linguistic influence in adult L2/L3 learners: The case of French on English morphosyntax”, Global Science and Technology Forum: Journal of Education.

  • Smith, SA, Murphy, VA (2015) “Measuring productive elements of multi-word phrase vocabulary knowledge among children with English as an additional or only language”, READING AND WRITING. 28(3) 347-369.

  • Campfield, DE, Murphy, VA (2014) “Elicited imitation in search of the influence of linguistic rhythm on child L2 acquisition”, SYSTEM. 42 207-219.

  • Murphy, VA, Macaro, E, Alba, S, Cipolla, C (2014) “The influence of learning a second language in primary school on developing first language literacy skills”, Applied Psycholinguistics. 36(5) 1133-1153.

  • Murphy, VA, Castillo, JT (2013) “Modality, vocabulary size and question type as mediators of listening comprehension”, Contemporary Foreign Language Studies: Perspectives on Second Language Learning, Teaching and Testing/Assessment. 396(12) 16-31.

  • Hayashi, Y, Murphy, VA (2013) “On the nature of morphological awareness in Japanese-English bilingual children: A cross-linguistic perspective”, BILINGUALISM-LANGUAGE AND COGNITION. 16(1) 49-67.

  • Murphy, VA (2012) “Applying Priming Methods to L2 Learning, Teaching and Research: Insights from Psycholinguistics”, CANADIAN MODERN LANGUAGE REVIEW-REVUE CANADIENNE DES LANGUES VIVANTES. 68(2) 241-242.

  • McKendry, MG, Murphy, VA (2011) “A comparative study of listening comprehension measures in english as an additional language and native english-speaking primary school children”, Evaluation and Research in Education. 24(1) 17-40.

  • Zhou, X, Murphy, V (2011) “How English L2 learners in China perceive and interpret novel English compounds”, Asian EFL Journal. 13(1) 328-356.

  • Hayashi, Y, Murphy, V (2011) “An investigation of morphological awareness in Japanese learners of English”, Language Learning Journal. 39(1) 105-120.

  • Martinez, R, Murphy, VA (2011) “Effect of Frequency and Idiomaticity on Second Language Reading Comprehension”, TESOL QUARTERLY. 45(2) 267-290.

  • Murphy, VA, Hayes, J (2010) “Processing English Compounds in the First and Second Language: The Influence of the Middle Morpheme”, LANGUAGE LEARNING. 60(1) 194-220.

  • Lo, YY, Murphy, VA (2010) “Vocabulary knowledge and growth in immersion and regular language-learning programmes in Hong Kong”, LANGUAGE AND EDUCATION. 24(3) 215-238.

  • Murphy, RA, Mondragon, E, Murphy, VA (2009) “Covariation, temporal order and generalization: Building blocks of causal cognition”, International Journal of Comparative Cognition. 22 61-74.

  • Murphy, V (2009) “Complex Systems and Applied Linguistics”, SYSTEM. 37(2) 343-344.

  • Mondragon, E, Murphy, RA, Murphy, VA (2009) “Rats do learn XYX rules”, ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR. 78(4) E3-E4.

  • Murphy, RA, Mondragón, E, Murphy, VA (2008) “Rule learning by rats.”, Science (New York, N.Y.). 319(5871) 1849-1851.

  • Murphy, VA, Dockrell, J, Messer, D, Farr, H (2008) “Morphosyntax in children with word finding difficulties.”, Journal of child language. 35(3) 703-720.

  • Murphy, VA, Nicoladis, E (2006) “When answer-phone makes a difference in children's acquisition of English compounds.”, Journal of child language. 33(3) 677-691.

  • Hayes, JA, Smith, PM, Murphy, VA (2005) “Modality effects in compounding with English inflectional morphology.”, British journal of psychology (London, England : 1953). 96(Pt 3) 295-311.

  • Murphy, VA (2004) “Dissociable systems in second language inflectional morphology”, STUDIES IN SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION. 26(3) 433-459.

  • Murphy, RA, Mondragón, E, Murphy, VA, Fouquet, N (2004) “Serial order of conditional stimuli as a discriminative cue for Pavlovian conditioning.”, Behavioural processes. 67(2) 303-311.

  • Murphy, VA (2000) “Compounding and the Representation of L2 Inflectional Morphology”, Language Learning. 50(1) 153-197.

  • Murphy, VA (1997) “Modality effects in a grammaticality judgment task”, Second Language Research.

  • Hessel, A, MURPHY, V “Understanding how time flies and what it means to be on cloud nine: English as an additional language (EAL) learners' metaphor comprehension”, Journal of Child Language.


  • Department staff

College affiliation

  • St Anne's College


  • Professor of Applied Linguistics

Research groups

  • Applied Linguistics


Publications, books and other work