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Biography

I completed a 5-year undergraduate degree in English Philology at Sofia University in 1985. The program covered a wide range of studies, such as English and American Literature, Linguistics (incl. general theory of language, as well as phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics), translation and interpreting, language teaching methodology, ESL/EFL teacher training, etc. In my final semester of study I completed a research thesis, which was a comparative study of reflexives in English and Bulgarian. I did a research Masters in linguistics at Sofia University in 1988/89. My MA thesis dealt with issues of valency theory. In 1992 I came to Newcastle as a full scholarship student to do a PhD in linguistics. My research concerned the distribution and interpretation of referentially dependent elements in Bulgarian (such as reflexive and non-reflexive pronouns): it was based on the then very influential Government/Binding theory. In 1997 my dissertation on Binding in Bulgarian was accepted for the degree without any modifications. Following my graduation I worked for a couple of years as an Academic Skills lecturer at Newcastle University’s Learning & Development Program. I was offered a lectureship in linguistics at Newcastle in late 1998. Since then I have mostly been involved in the coordination and delivery of the postgraduate coursework programs in Applied Linguistics at Newcastle. In early 2011 I was appointed as the Faculty’s Assistant Dean International. I served in this role until the end of 2013.

Qualifications

  • PhD, University of Newcastle, 08/05/1997
  • Master of Arts, University of Sofia - Bulgaria
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Sofia - Bulgaria

Research

Research keywords

  • applied linguistics
  • bilingualism
  • linguistics
  • second language acquisition
  • syntax

Research expertise

I have been involved in two complementary lines of research:

1) theoretical syntax

2) bilingualism, second language acquisition and second language development.

Within theoretical syntax, I have been involved in the investigation of the distribution and interpretation of referentially dependent elements (such as pronouns) in Bulgarian. Some of my key publications are in this area, incl. my book published in 2002 by the European publisher Peter Lang (reviewed favourably in the Australian Journal of Linguistics in 2004), and my paper in the European based peer-reviewed journal Linguistics. The book constitutes a pioneering study of reflexive and pronominal binding in Bulgarian, with clear contributions for linguistic theory more generally.

In the area of second language acquisition, I have been involved in several research projects investigating an array of highly significant issues, such as aspects of the language development of bilingual children, the interrelationship between bilingualism and cognitive ability, and the critical period for (second) language acquisition (with a focus on its implications for second language learning/teaching). More recently, I have undertaken a research project investigating second language FOSSILIZATION: an aspect of adult second language acquisition whose theoretical and practical importance is widely recognised in the literature.

Over the past few years I have also been involved in collaborative research with my colleague Dr Alan Libert in the area of artificial languages. We already have a number of joint publications, incl. two monographs with Peter Lang.

Languages

  • Bulgarian
  • German
  • Russian

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
200401Applied Linguistics And Educational Linguistics60
160899Sociology Not Elsewhere Classified20
130399Specialist Studies In Education Not Elsewhere Classified20

Awards

Recognition.

2007Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
University of Newcastle (Australia)
2007 Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, "For building an international applied linguistic learning community through research-led teaching, individualised feedback, and advanced online delivery."

Invitations

Do motivational strategies work?
35th Annual Congress of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2010
Second Language fossilization in adult migrants in Australia
Pacific Second Language Research Forum, University of Queensland, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2006
Bilingual knowledge and cognitive ability.
International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, University of the Aegean, Greece (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2003
Bilingual code-switching: Some data from young Bulgarian-English bilinguals
Annual Conference of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2001
Current linguistic and cognitive psychology perspectives on Universal Grammar, second language learning processes, and the implications for the classroom
Annual Conference of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2001
Is intrasentential code-switching rule-governed?
Annual Conference of the Australian Linguistics Society, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2001

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Until the end of 2010 my chief admin responsibility was my convenorship of the postgraduate coursework programs in Applied Linguistics at our University: the Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics and the Master of Applied Linguistics.

My responsibilities as Convenor for Master of Applied Linguistics fell into four categories:

(i) Coordination of staff and courses being offered within the Program.

(ii) Dealing with all inquiries by current and prospective students about academic aspects of the Program; providing students with advice in relation to specific issues, such as course selection and course sequencing; processing applications for advanced credit, etc.

(iii) Ongoing course and program development as well as ongoing development of teaching/learning resources for the Program.

(iv) Ongoing updating of existing information and promotional materials for Master of Applied Linguistics, as well as development of new ones.

Since the start of 2011, I have taken on the role of the Faculty’s Assistant Dean International.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • applied linguistics
  • bilingualism
  • linguistics
  • second language acquisition
  • syntax

Teaching expertise

At the undergraduate level, I have been involved in teaching LING3110 Language & Mind and LING3120 Second Language Acquisition. Contemporary Second Language Acquisition deals with theoretical perspectives on the linguistic, psychological, and social factors which shape the process of learning a non-native language. LING3110 Language & Mind is also a highly theoretical course with a distinct multidisciplinary character: its main focus is on the relationship between language and thought, and its subject matter can be seen as a cross-section of linguistics, psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics.

In 2009 I constructed and delivered for the first time a completely new course: LING3400 Issues of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education.

I have also been involved in the delivery of courses in the Master of Applied Linguistics (MAL) Program. One of them is LING6030 Second Language Acquisition which involves a joint lecture together with the corresponding undergraduate LING3120, and an additional one hour per week discussion seminar. This course is a core requirement for the popular TESL/TEFL strand Master of Applied Linguistics.

Within the MAL I also teach a 6000-level version of my Bilingualism course.

I coordinate the two MAL research courses: LING6950 Research Preparation and LING6950 Research Project.

Previously I have been involved in teaching of LING6040 Language Testing & Evaluation, LING6020 Structure of English, and LING6910 Foundations of Linguistics.

All of the courses I teach are also provided online, via Blackboard.

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Highlighted Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2002Moskovsky CG, Aspects of Binding in Bulgarian, Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main, 201 (2002) [A1]
2004Moskovsky CG, 'Third Person Effects On Binding', LINGUISTICS: an interdisciplinary journal of the language sciences, 42 1035-1048 (2004) [C1]
2004Moskovsky CG, 'Optional movement of Bulgarian possessive clitics to I', Balkan Syntax and Semantics, John Benjamins, Amsterdam 221-233 (2004) [B1]
2002Libert AR, Moskovsky CG, 'On the Form and Function of Reflexives in Artificial Languages', Journal of Universal Language, 3 36 (2002) [C1]

Co-authors: Alan Libert

Publications

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Book (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Libert AR, Moskovsky CG, Aspects of the Grammar and Lexica of Artificial Languages, Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main, 180 (2011) [A1]

Co-authors: Alan Libert

2009Moskovsky CG, Libert AR, Essays on Natural and Artificial Languages, Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main, 188 (2009) [A1]

Co-authors: Alan Libert

2002Moskovsky CG, Aspects of Binding in Bulgarian, Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Main, 201 (2002) [A1]

Chapter (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2004Moskovsky CG, 'Optional movement of Bulgarian possessive clitics to I', Balkan Syntax and Semantics, John Benjamins, Amsterdam 221-233 (2004) [B1]

Journal article (22 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Moskovsky C, Jiang G, Libert A, Fagan S, ' Bottom-Up or Top-Down: English as a Foreign Language Vocabulary Instruction for Chinese University Students', TESOL Quarterly, n/a-n/a (2014)
2013Moskovsky C, Alrabai F, Paolini S, Ratcheva S, 'The Effects of Teachers' Motivational Strategies on Learners' Motivation: A Controlled Investigation of Second Language Acquisition', LANGUAGE LEARNING, 63 34-62 (2013) [C1]
2011Moskovsky CG, 'Contrastive Linguistics: Annotated Bibliography 1976-2009', Australian Journal of Linguistics, 31 523-525 (2011) [C3]
2010Moskovsky C, Damandan S, 'Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition, vol 79', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF LINGUISTICS, 30 525-527 (2010) [C3]
2010Moskovsky CG, Damandan S, 'Review of Qing Ma, Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition (Linguistic Insights: Studies in Language and Communication Vol. 79) Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang', Australian Journal of Linguistics, 30 521-536 (2010) [C3]
2010Moskovsky CG, 'Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 4th edition', Australian Journal of Linguistics, 30 371-373 (2010) [C3]
2009Moskovsky CG, 'Reflections on artificial languages', Sapostavitelno Ezikoznanie, 35 65-84 (2009) [C1]
2009Moskovsky CG, Alrabai FAM, 'Intrinsic motivation in Saudi learners of English as a foreign language', The Open Applied Linguistics Journal, 2 1-10 (2009) [C1]
2008Moskovsky CG, 'An introduction to mind, consciousness and language', Australian Journal of Linguistics, 28 252-253 (2008) [C3]
2007Moskovsky CG, 'Binding within nominal phrases in Bulgarian', Sapostavitelno Ezikoznanie, XXXII 25-49 (2007) [C1]
2006Moskovsky CG, Libert AR, 'Questions in Natural and Artificial Languages', Journal of Universal Language, 7 65-120 (2006) [C1]

Co-authors: Alan Libert

2006Stamenov C, Moskovsky CG, 'The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Syntax', Australian Journal of Linguistics, 26 211-221 (2006) [C3]
2004Moskovsky CG, 'Non-binding restrictions on co-indexing of pronouns', Sapostavitelno Ezikoznanie, 19 28-35 (2004) [C1]
2004Moskovsky CG, 'Third Person Effects On Binding', LINGUISTICS: an interdisciplinary journal of the language sciences, 42 1035-1048 (2004) [C1]
2004Moskovsky CG, 'Issues of Fossilization in Second Language Learning', Chuzhdoyezikovo Obuchenie, 19 3-13 (2004) [C1]
2004Moskovsky CG, Libert AR, 'Possibilities for Passives in Natural and Artificial Languages', Journal of Universal Language, 5 101-149 (2004) [C1]

Co-authors: Alan Libert

2004Moskovsky CG, 'Testing for language teachers', Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 27 120-122 (2004) [C3]
2003Libert AR, Moskovsky CG, 'A Survey of Relative Pronouns and Their Uses in Natural and Artificial Languages', Journal of Universal Language, 4 61-116 (2003) [C1]

Co-authors: Alan Libert

2003Moskovsky CG, 'input and evidence: The raw material of second language acquisition', Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 26 87-92 (2003) [C3]
2002Libert AR, Moskovsky CG, 'On the Form and Function of Reflexives in Artificial Languages', Journal of Universal Language, 3 36 (2002) [C1]

Co-authors: Alan Libert

2001Moskovsky CG, 'On reflexive and pronominal binding in Bulgarian', Contrastive Linguistics, 26 33-63 (2001) [C1]
2001Moskovsky CG, Berghout LE, 'Access (or no access) to Universal Grammar in second language learning', Foreign Language Teaching, 3 3-18 (2001) [C1]
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Conference (3 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2005Moskovsky CG, 'Bilingual Knowledge and Cognitive Ability', International Journal of the Humanities, Island of Rhodes, Greece (2005) [E1]
2004Moskovsky CG, 'Proceedings of the 2003 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society', Proceedings of the 2003 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, The University of Newcastle (2004)
2002Moskovsky CG, 'The Critical Period Revisited', 2002 Proceedings of the 2001 Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, ANU- Canberra (2002) [E1]

Other (10 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Moskovsky CG, 'Foreword', Reducing Language Anxiety & Promoting Learner Motivation: A Practical Guide for Teachers of English as a Foreign Language ( pp.ix-xi): Lulu Publishing Services (2014)
2014Alrahaili M, Moskovsky CG, Paolini S, Ratcheva S, 'Social Psychological Predictors of Saudi Students¿ Attitudes towards Learning English: An Intergroup Perspective', 44th Annual Meeting of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (2014)
2013Jiang G, Moskovsky CG, Libert A, Fagan S, 'Bottom-up and Top-down Approaches in Second Language Vocabulary TeachingJiang', Vocab@Vic 2013 Conference: Current trends in vocabulary studies: Victoria University of Wellington (2013)
2013Alrahaili M, Moskovsky CG, Paolini S, Ratcheva S, 'Predictors of L2 attitudes and motivational intensity: A cross-sectional study in the Saudi EFL context', 46th Annual Meeting of BAAL: Opening New Lines of Communication in Applied Linguistics: Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (2013)
2012Jiang G, Moskovsky CG, Libert A, 'The effects of bottom-up and top-down approaches on the acquisition of English academic vocabulary', Seventh University of Sydney TESOL Research Network Colloquium (2012)
2010Alrabai F, Moskovsky CG, Paolini S, Ratcheva S, 'Do motivational strategies work?', 35th Annual Congress of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia: University of Queensland (2010)
2006Moskovsky CG, 'Second language fossilization in adult migrants in Australia', Pacific Second Language Research Forum: University of Queensland (2006)
2001Moskovsky CG, Berghout A, 'Second language acquisition, the learner, and the teacher: Current linguistic and cognitive psychology perspectives on Universal Grammar, second language learning processes, and the implications for the classroom', Annual Conference of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia. Canberra: The University of Canberra (2001)
2001Moskovsky CG, Libert A, 'Is intrasentential code-switching rule-governed?', Annual Conference of the Australian Linguistics Society. Canberra: The University of Canberra (2001)
2001Moskovsky CG, 'Bilingual code-switching: Some data from young Bulgarian-English bilinguals', Annual Conference of the Applied Linguistics Association of Australia. Canberra: the University of Canberra (2001)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants6
Total funding$25,499

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2006 (1 grants)

Pacific Second Language Research Forum, 4-6 July 2006$363
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Christo Moskovsky
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$36320062006
GNo:G0186722

2005 (1 grants)

Aspects of Second Language Fossilization in Adult Migrants in Australia$6,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Christo Moskovsky
SchemeRole
Project GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$6,00020052005
GNo:G0184763

2003 (1 grants)

International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, The Island of Rhodes, Greece 2-5 July, 2003$2,400
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Christo Moskovsky
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,40020032003
GNo:G0182762

2002 (1 grants)

Grammatical tagging and syntactic analysis of a corpus of English as a Second Language$7,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Conjoint Associate Professor Peter Peterson, Doctor Christo Moskovsky
SchemeRole
Project GrantInvestigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$7,00020022002
GNo:G0181284

2001 (1 grants)

Conference on the Balkan Sprachbund Properties, The Netherlands 7-9 June 2001$1,736
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Christo Moskovsky
SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,73620012001
GNo:G0180935

2000 (1 grants)

Investigation of Language Interaction and Language Dominance in Young Bilingual Speakers.$8,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Christo Moskovsky
SchemeRole
Early Career Researcher GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$8,00020002000
GNo:G0179885
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Research Supervision

Number of current supervisions4
Total current UoN PhD EFTSL1.6

For supervisions undertaken at an institution other that the University of Newcastle, the institution name is listed below the program name.

Current Supervision

CommencedProposed
Completion
ProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
20122016PhD (Linguistics)Principal SupervisorThe Effectiveness of Using Motivational Strategies in the Classroom on Saudi Learners EFL Achievement
20112015PhD (Linguistics)Principal SupervisorThe Influence of High Power Distance in Student-Teacher Relationships and Its Effects on Reading Proficiency: A Case Study of Saudi Students in EFL Classrooms at Albaha University in Saudi Arabia.
20102014PhD (Linguistics)Principal SupervisorThe L2 Motivational Self System Among Saudi Learners of English
20092015PhD (Linguistics)Co-SupervisorThe Attitudes of Students, Teachers, and Religious Officials to the Learning and Teaching English as a Foreign Language in Saudi Arabia

Past Supervision

YearProgramSupervisor TypeResearch Title
2014PhD (Linguistics)Principal SupervisorPredictors of L2 Attitudes and Motivational Intensity: A Cross-Sectional Study in the Saudi EFL Context
2014PhD (Linguistics)Principal SupervisorEFL/ESL Vocabulary Teaching Strategies: The Effects of Bottom-Up and Top-Down Approaches on the Acquisition of EFL/ESL Vocabulary by Chinese University Students
2011PhD (Linguistics)Principal SupervisorThe Relationship Between Foreign Language Aptitude and English Language Proficiency Among Saudi Learners of English as a Foreign Language in Saudi Universities
2010PhD (Linguistics)Principal SupervisorThe Use of Motivational Strategies in the Saudi EFL Classroom
2010PhD (Linguistics)Principal SupervisorLanguage Tangle: Predicting and Facilitating Outcomes in Language Education
2007PhD (Linguistics)Principal SupervisorIntegrating Learners' Cultural Aspects into the Papuan Junior High School Curriculum: A Bridge or a Barrier?
2006M Arts (Linguistics) [R]Principal SupervisorThe Analysis of Codeswitching in Classroom Communication Practised by English Teachers and First Grade Students at Junior High Schools in Yogyakarta
2006PhD (Linguistics)Principal SupervisorClassroom instruction, schema-related factors, and individual differences in adult EFL reading performance: A study at a postgraduate matriculation program
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Dr Christo Moskovsky

Work Phone(02) 4921 5163
Fax(02) 4921 7170
Email
PositionSenior Lecturer
School of Humanities and Social Science
Faculty of Education and Arts
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaLinguistics
Office
MC118,
McMullin,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/christo-moskovsky