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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Chara Triantafyllidou


College: Downing    


Supervisor: Prof Ianthi M. Tsimpli

Research Topic: The role of prosodic skills and socioeconomic status in reading comprehension



Chara completed her BA Honours in English Language at Literature at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2014 - 2018). During her undergraduate studies, she attended linguistics courses as an Erasmus+ student at the University of Edinburgh and became increasingly interested in psycholinguistics. In 2019, Chara was awarded a full scholarship to purse a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics at Trinity College Dublin. In her postgraduate studies, she investigated prosodic processing as part of her dissertation, which tapped into the use of synthetic speech with dyslexic students; this research eventually led Chara to her current research project.



Chara’s PhD research focuses on the use of prosody in reading. She is particularly interested in the use of implicit prosody in silent reading and in the use of punctuation as a form of written prosody facilitating chunking. This research project taps into socioeconomic barriers to literacy acquisition and explores the use of prosody among bilingual speakers of English as an Additional Language (EAL). While her past work focused on dyslexia, this research looks into neurotypical readers and (undiagnosed) reading difficulties in this population.



Gates Scholarship (2021)

Full Scholarship for the MPhil in Applied Linguistics at Trinity College Dublin (through bi-partite agreement with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 2019)

Teaching Practice Award, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2019)

Scottish Universities’ International Summer School Partial Scholarship (2018)

The Great Moment for Education Scholarship (2014)



PhD Tutor, The Scholars Programme, The Brilliant Club (Sep. 2021 – present)

Teacher of Modern Greek as a Foreign Language, Trinity College Dublin (Sep. 2019 –present)


Conference papers:

Triantafyllidou, C., Ní Chiaráin, N., Barnes, E. (2021). PunkBuddy: Interdisciplinary Research in Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) for Dyslexia. [Paper to be presented at the 2021 IRAAL Annual Conference]

Pantzartzidi, A., Triantafyllidou, C., Ananiadis, C., (2020). Femicide: Linguistic Analysis, Sociological and Legal Aspects. [Presented at the 2nd Human Rights Forum of Thessaloniki; proceedings publication in progress]

Triantafyllidou, C. (2020) A Review of Prosody, Punctuation, and Dyslexia: Implications for the Use of Speech Technologies. [Paper presented at  the 1st International Conference on E.S.P., E.A.P., & A.L. – University of Thessaly; conference proceedings publication in progress]



Triantafyllidou, C. (2020). Computer-Assisted Language Learning Tools for Punctuation in Dyslexia: Development and Evaluation. Journal of Applied languages and Linguistics, 4(2), pp. 16-29 [paper presented at the LERC 2020 conference]

Triantafyllidou, C. (2020). Assistive Technologies for Dyslexia: Punctuation and its Interfaces with Speech [Master dissertation: Trinity College Dublin]. Trinity’s Access to Research Archive (TARA).


Other activities and roles

Editor-in-Chief, The Scholar Magazine 2022 (Oct. 2021 – present

Editor, Cambridge Occasional Papers in Linguistics / COPiL (Nov. 2021 – present)

Reviewer, Journal of the Undergraduate Linguistics Association of Britain (Oct. 2021 – present)

Mentor, Trinity Alumni Online and PHYL.IS AUTh (Oct. 2021 – present)


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