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Professor David Singleton

Fellow Emeritus (C.L.C.S.)

 


I was born in Poole (Dorset) in 1948. I was educated at the local Catholic primary school and state grammar school. I took my primary degree (Moderatorship in Modern Languages - French and German -, Class I) at Trinity College Dublin and my doctorate (in French Linguistics) at the University of Cambridge. My first lecturing position was in the French Department of St Patrick's College, Drumcondra, but since 1980 I have been a member of staff of the Centre for Language and Communication Studies, Trinity College Dublin. I have been deeply involved in various professional organizations - including the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics (President 1982-85), the Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée (Secretary General 1993-96) and the European Second Language Association (President 1999-2003).
  Immigration   Language Acquisition (first & second)   Multiculturalism
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
Dutch Medium Basic Basic
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Fluent Fluent Fluent
German Fluent Medium Medium
Polish Basic Basic Basic
Spanish Medium Basic Basic
Details Date From Date To
Member of the Philological Society 1976
Member of the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics 1977
Member of the National Committee of the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics 1978 1988
President of the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics 1982 1985
Member of the Executive Board of the Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée 1984 1996
Deputy Secretary General of the Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée 1987 1993
Secretary General of the Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée 1993 1996
Member of the European Second Language Acquisition 1989
Secretary of the European Second Language Acquisition 1989 1993
President of the European Second Language Acquisition 1999 2003
Recent advances in quantitative methods in age related research in, editor(s)Pfenninger , S.E., Navracsics, J. , Future research directions for applied linguistics, Bristol, Multilingual Matters, 2017, pp101 - 119, [Pfenninger, S. E., Singleton, D.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Reporting on politically sensitive issues: The case of telling the truth about early L2 instruction in, editor(s)Rose H., McKinley, J. , Doing Real Research in Applied Linguistics, London, Routledge, 2017, pp214 - 224, [Singleton, D., Pfenninger, S.E.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Age and identity in, editor(s)Regan, V., Diskin, C. Martyn, J., , Language, identity and migration: voices from transnational speakers and communities, Oxford, Peter Lang, 2016, pp83 - 87, [Skrzypek, A., Singleton, D.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Reading for remembering: on the long-term impact of starting age on retention and recall of target-language input in, Galajda, D., Zakrajewski, P., Pawlak, M. , Researching second language learning and teaching from a psycholinguistic perspective, Berlin, Springer, 2016, pp71 - 86, [Pfenninger, S E., Singleton D.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
CPH theory, early classroom instruction and age-related issues that are separable from age in, editor(s)Pawlak, M. , Classroom-oriented research: reconciling theory and practice, Berlin, Springer, 2016, pp231 - 242, [Singleton, D.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
A critical reaction from second language acquisition research in, editor(s)Cook, V. Wei, L. , The Cambridge handbook of linguistic multicompetence, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2016, pp502 - 520, [Singleton, D.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Pfenninger, S. E., Singleton, D.], Affect trumps age: a person-in-context relational view of age and motivation in SLA, Second Language Research, 32, (3), 2016, p311 - 345, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Pfenninger, S.E., Singleton, D., Age of onset, socio-affect and cross-linguistic influence: a long-term classroom study, Vigo International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 13, 2016, p147 - 180, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Pfenninger, S E., Singleton D., The age factor in the foreign language class: What do learners think?, Theory and Practice of Second Language Acquisition , 3, (1), 2016, p7 - 23, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Cross-lexical interaction and the structure if the mental lexicon in, editor(s)Yu L. Odlin, T., , New perspectives on transfer in second language learning, Bristol, Multilingual Matters Ltd, 2015, pp51 - 62, [Singleton, D.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
  

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Pfenninger, S. E., Singleton, D., Affect trumps age: a person-in-context relational view of age and motivation in SLA, Second Language Research, 32, (3), 2016, p311 - 345, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Singleton, D, Globalization, language, and national identity: the case of Ireland. CLCS Occasional Paper No.68, 11 pp., 2007, Working Paper, PUBLISHED
Harrington, S., Singleton, D., Henry, A, At the sharp end of language revival: English-speaking parents raising Irish-speaking children. (CLCS Occasional Paper 57), 12 pp. , 2000, Working Paper, PUBLISHED
Singleton, D., Lexical processing and the "language module" (CLCS Occasional Paper 53; ERIC Reports ED 421 856), 38 pp., 1998, Working Paper, PUBLISHED
Singleton, D., French: some historical background, Dublin, Authentik, 1992, 1 - 81pp, Book, PUBLISHED
Singleton, D., Singleton, E., University-level learners of Spanish in Ireland: a profile based on data from the TCD Modern Languages Research Project (CLCS Occasional Paper 35; ERIC Reports ED 354 781), 12 pp., 1992, Working Paper, PUBLISHED
Singleton, D., What can we do about vocabulary?, FTA Bulletin, Spring/Summer, 1990, p2 - 4, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Singleton, D., The TCD Modern Languages Research Project: objectives, instruments and preliminary results (CLCS Occasional Paper 26; ERIC Reports ED 333 723, 19pp. , 1990, Working Paper, PUBLISHED
Little, D., Devitt, S., Singleton, D., Learning foreign languages from authentic texts: theory and practice, Dublin/London, Authentik/Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research, 1989, 1 - 122pp, Book, PUBLISHED
Success factors in the language classroom in, editor(s)O'Meadhra, B., Richardson, B., Ó Cuilleanáin, C. , Languages in the 1990s: proceedings of the MTLA's Third National Modern Language Convention, Dublin, Modern Language Teachers' Association/Dublin City University, 1989, pp118 - 123, [Singleton, D.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED

  

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Award Date
Election to Fellowship of Trinity College Dublin 1994
Medal of Honour, University of Silesia 2013
My research interests have ranged from fairly theoretical areas of linguistics (e.g. lexical semantics and semantic change) to very practical and applied domains (e.g. second language syllabus design). In recent times most of my research activity and publications have been concerned with second language acquisition, and in particular (i) cross-linguistic influence in second language acquisition and processing, (ii) the second language mental lexicon, (iii) multilingualism and (iv) age-related factors in second language acquisition.