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Pavel Trofimovich, Ph.D.


Professor of Applied Linguistics
Applied Linguistics, TESL
Tel: 514-848-2424, Ext. 2448
Office: FG 6.145

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Pavel Trofimovich is Assistant Professor in Educational Psychology and Applied Linguistics who joined the TESL Centre in the Department of Education in 2003. His research interests include psycholinguistic aspects of second-language/bilingual processing and learning. He conducts research on the acquisition of second-language phonology, speech perception/production, phonological processing, and the role of attention, memory, and automaticity in second-language processing and learning. His interests also include the use of technology in second-language teaching and the development of materials for classroom teaching of second-language pronunciation.



  • Ph.D. (Educational Psychology/Applied Linguistics), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003
  • M.A. (Teaching English as an International Language), University of
    Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998
  • B.A. (English Philology), University of Latvia, 1996


Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics, Concordia University, 2003 – Present.


Representative Publications

  • Segalowitz, N., Trofimovich, P., Gatbonton, E., & Sokolovskaya, A. (accepted for publication). Feeling the emotion of emotion words in a second language: The role of word recognition automaticity. Mental Lexicon.
  • Baker, W., Trofimovich, P., Flege, J. E., Mack, M., & Halter, R. (in press). Child-adult differences in second-language phonological learning: The role of cross-language similarity. Language and Speech.
  • Kumar, N., Trofimovich, P., & Gatbonton, E. (in press). Investigating heritage language and culture links: An Indo-Canadian Hindu perspective. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development.
  • Gatbonton, E., & Trofimovich, P. (in press). The ethnic group affiliation and L2 proficiency link: Empirical evidence. Language Awareness.
  • Trofimovich, P., Gatbonton, E., & Segalowitz, N. (2007). A dynamic look at L2 phonological learning: Seeking processing explanations for implicational phenomena. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 29, 407-448.
  • Trofimovich, P., Ammar, A., & Gatbonton, E. (2007). How effective are recasts? The role of attention, memory, and analytical ability. In A. Mackey (Ed.), Conversational interaction in second language acquisition: A series of empirical studies (pp. 171-195). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Trofimovich, P., & Baker, W. (2007). Learning prosody and fluency characteristics of second-language speech: Child learners’ acquisition of five suprasegmentals. Applied Psycholinguistics, 28, 251-276.
  • Trofimovich, P., & Gatbonton, E. (2006). Repetition and focus on form in L2 Spanish word processing: Implications for pronunciation instruction. The Modern Language Journal, 90, 519-535.
  • Baker, W., & Trofimovich, P. (2006). Perceptual paths to accurate production of L2 vowels: The role of individual differences. International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching (IRAL), 44, 231-250.
  • Trofimovich, P., & Baker, W. (2006). Learning second-language suprasegmentals: Effect of L2 experience on prosody and fluency characteristics of L2 speech. Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 28, 1-30.
  • Trofimovich, P. (2005). Spoken-word processing in native and second languages: An investigation of auditory word priming. Applied Psycholinguistics, 26, 479-504.
  • Baker, W., & Trofimovich, P. (2005). Interaction of native- and second-language vowel system(s) in early and late bilinguals. Language and Speech, 48, 1-27.


Current Projects

  • Trofimovich, P., Gatbonton, E., & Segalowitz, N. Second-language phonological learning: A dynamic model of acquisition and its pedagogical implications, funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) grant to Pavel Trofimovich (PI), Elizabeth Gatbonton ,& Norman Segalowitz (2004-2007)
  • Trofimovich, P., & Gatbonton, E. Implicit learning of second-language phonology: An investigation of auditory word priming, funded by Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC) to Pavel Trofimovich (2005-2008)
  • Gatbonton, E., & Trofimovich, P. Social determinants of the acquisition of second-language fluency, funded by a FQRSC team grant to Norman Segalowitz (PI), Michael von Grünau, Elizabeth Gatbonton, & Roberto de Almeida (2005-2008)


Courses Taught

  • Phonology for Teachers (TESL 221, Concordia University)
  • Grammar for Teachers (TESL 331, Concordia University)
  • Computers in Language Learning (APLI 644, Concordia University)
  • Psycholinguistic Aspects of Second-Language Acquisition and Bilingualism (APLI 651G, Concordia University)
  • Psycholinguistics, co-taught with Norman Segalowitz (PSYC 725E, Concordia University)



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