Vedran Dronjić

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I currently hold the position of A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Modern Languages at Carnegie Mellon University, where I conduct research and teach in the Ph.D. program in Second Language Acquisition.   

My research is psycholinguistic in nature. Broadly speaking, I am interested in how language knowledge (in its various forms) is acquired, represented in the brain, and used.
 
Here is a more detailed list of my interests: 

Morphological representation and processing
Memory systems and language 
Automaticity
The mental lexicon
Lexical testing
Language acquisition throughout the life span, particularly in multilinguals
Transfer and attrition
Ultimate attainment of second-language knowledge in late bilinguals and the related issue of neuropsychological maturation
Reading and impairments of reading
Language awareness
 
My secondary interest is in the field of language policy and planning. I am particularly interested in standard language varieties and how they relate to actual language varieties spoken on the ground. 
     

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CONTACT

 

Email:  vdronjicATandrewDOTcmuDOTedu


 
LANGUAGE SKILLS
 
FLUENT: English, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish
 
VARYING DEGREES OF READING KNOWLEDGE: Bulgarian, Catalan, Galician, Italian, Macedonian, Portuguese, Slovene, French
 

EDUCATION
 

 2007 – 2013               Ph.D. (Second Language Education)University of TorontoTorontoON


Specialization: Psycholinguistics, Bilingualism

Supervisor: Rena Helms-Park

Committee: Nina Spada, Ron Smyth, Xi Chen

External Examiner: Harald Clahsen

Dissertation Defended on August 23rd, 2013

 

2005 – 2008                 M.A. (Second Language Education)University of TorontoTorontoON

Specialization: Psycholinguistics, Bilingualism
Thesis: “The influence of L2 English on the L1 Serbo-Croatian of Toronto-based bilinguals: The case of grammaticality judgments at the lexis/syntax interface"
Supervisor: Rena Helms-Park
Second Reader: Julie Kerekes 
 
1995 – 2001                 B.A. in English Linguistics and LiteratureUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia
               
                                                                                                                            

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION/ACCREDITATION

 

  2005                           TESL Ontario Certificate

Accredited as a TESL Trainer (Theory and Methodology) and Language Instructor

RESEARCH


ONGOING

An elicited imitation study of the production of inflectional and derivational morphemes by L1 and proficient L2 speakers of English and its connection to working memory.

With Hong Li and Xi Chen: An investigation of morphological awareness in elementary school age Mandarin-speaking children.

With Xi Chen, Gloria Ramírez, Adrian Pasquarella, Jie Zhang, and Karen Au-Yeung: An investigation of oral language proficiency (vocabulary, morphology, and syntax), metalinguistic skills (and their transfer), and reading comprehension in Grade 9 to Grade 11 Spanish and Chinese-speaking second-language speakers of English in the Canadian public school system.
 

COMPLETED

Doctoral Dissertation Research: A chronometric investigation of the connection between working memory and morphological processing (inflectional and derivational) in L1 and proficient L2 speakers of English.

Master's Thesis Research: An investigation of L2-to-L1 transfer in L1-dominant adult Serbo-Croatian/English bilinguals. [Dissemination of results in progress.]

With Rena Helms-Park  (Centre for French and Linguistics, University of Toronto Scarborough), Maria Claudia Petrescu (Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning, OISE/University of Toronto), and others: A research project which focused on tests of English lexical breadth and depth and cognate facilitation. [Dissemination of results in progress.]

With Xi Chen-Bumgardner  (Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology, OISE/University of Toronto), Meiling Hao (Beijing Language and Cultural University), and others: A study of the development of morphological awareness in young Chinese children.


EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

 


UNIVERSITY LEVEL

 
A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Modern Languages, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA (2014 - present)
 
Courses:  

82 - 783/383, Second Language Acquisition: Theories and Research, Doctoral/Master's/Undergraduate (fall 2014)
82 - 878/388, Understanding Second Language Fluency, Doctoral/Master's/Undergraduate (spring 2015)
 
Lecturer (Linguistics), Department of Language Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga, Mississauga, ON (2013 - 2014)

Courses:   

LIN380, Theoretical Issues in Second Language Teaching and Learning [supervised a grader] 
LIN358, Bilingualism and Multiple Language Acquisition
LIN205, Advanced English Grammar [taught twice; supervised TAs]
LIN486, Teaching and Learning Cross-Cultural Communication
                                                          
Instructor (Psycholinguistics and Linguistics), Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto and Centre for French and Linguistics (formerly Department of Humanities), University of Toronto Scarborough, Toronto, ON (2008 - 2013)

Courses:  

LIN203, English Words [supervised three TAs and coordinated three tutorials]
JLP374, Psychology of Language/JLP2450, Psycholinguistics (graduate) [taught twice; supervised graders]
LINA02, Applications of Linguistics [supervised two TAs and coordinated six tutorials]
JLP315/JLP2451 (undergraduate and graduate), Language Acquisition [taught twice; supervised graders]
PLIC55, Psycholinguistics
PLIC34 Reading in a First or Second Language (currently PLID34, The Psycholinguistics of Reading)
LINB18 The Structure of English Words
HUMA11 Introduction to Canadian Culture and Society: A Course for Non-Native Speakers of English 
(w/ Maria Claudia Petrescu)
                                                                                                                                           
Instructor, Department of English Language and Literature, University of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia (2001 - 2002)

Course: 
   
Modern English Language 3 – Essay Writing and Speaking

Research AssistantDepartment of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning and Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology OISE/UT, University of TorontoTorontoON (2007 - 2011)

Research with R. Helms-Park and M. C. Petrescu on the role of cognates in tests of English lexical depth and breadth
Research with Xi (Becky) Chen on morphological awareness in Chinese children

Teaching AssistantCentre for French and Linguistics, University of Toronto Scarborough, Toronto, ON (2008) 

 

COLLEGE LEVEL

Professor (Partial-Load), English Language Centre, Humber College, Toronto, ON (2012)     
                       
Courses:

TESL 501, Introduction to Language
GASE AC 7, Integrated Academic Skills 7


OTHER


TESL InstructorToronto District School Board, TorontoON (2012  – 2014)


This is a teacher-education program leading up to Ontario professional certification

TESL modules taught: Grammar, Pronunciation, Linguistics


TESL Instructor, York Catholic District School Board, York Region, ON (2012  – 2014)

This is a teacher-education program leading up to Ontario professional certification
TESL modules taught: Grammar, Pronunciation, Linguistics

TESL Instructor, CCLCS, Toronto, ON (2005 – 2009) 

This is a teacher-education program leading up to Ontario professional certification
TESL courses taught: Second Language Acquisition, Grammar II, Pronunciation, and Teaching Grammar Communicatively

LINC Instructor & Practicum Supervisor, CCLCS, Toronto, ON (2003 – 2009)

Supervised around 50 teaching practicums

English Teacher, Yugoslav British Society Language School, Belgrade, Serbia (2000 – 2003)

English and Spanish Teacher, Helen LTC, Pancevo, Serbia (1998 – 2003)

Freelance Translator and Interpreter, Canada and Serbia (1997 – 2004) 
 

HONOURS AND AWARDS
  
A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities. 2014 - 2016, Department of Modern Languages, Carnegie Mellon University.
 
Doctoral Completion Award. 2012/2013. 

Language Learning Dissertation Grant. 2012.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship. 2011/2012.

Doctoral Completion Award. 2011/2012. 

OISE/UT Academic Excellence Award. 2011/2012.

Ontario Graduate Scholarship. 2010/2011.

OISE/UT Academic Excellence Award. 2010/2011. 
 
English-Speaking Union Seminar Grant. 2001.
 

PUBLICATIONS

 


REFEREED

Refereed Journal Articles

Dronjic, V., & Helms-Park, R.  (2014).  

Fixed-choice word association tasks as L2 lexical tests: What native-speaker performance reveals about their potential weaknesses. Applied Psycholinguistics, 35, 193-221

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Hao, M. L., Chen, X., Dronjic, V., Shu, H., & Anderson, R. C. (2013). The development of young Chinese children's morphological awareness: The role of semantic relatedness and morpheme type. Applied Psycholinguistics, 34, 45-67. [Article]

Dronjic, V. (2011). Mandarin Chinese compounds, their representation, and processing in the visual modality. Writing Systems Research, 3, 5-21. [Article]

Dronjic, V. (2011). Serbo-Croatian: The making and breaking of an Ausbausprache. Language Problems and Language Planning, 35, 1-14. [Article]

Refereed Encyclopedia Articles

Dronjic, V., & Helms-Park, R. (2012). Comparing two independent groups. In C. A. Chapelle (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics [Section: Quantitative and Mixed Methods]. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. 

Helms-Park, R., & Dronjic, V. (2012). CognatesIn C. A. Chapelle (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics [Section: Lexis]. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Book Chapters

Helms-Park, R., & Dronjic, V. (forthcoming). Cross-linguistic lexical influence: Cognate facilitation. In R. Alonso (Ed.), Cross-linguistic influence in second language acquisition. Multilingual Matters.

Articles Submitted to Refereed Journals
 
Dronjic, V. (submitted). Discrete measures of English vocabulary: Types, availability, and issues.


Dronjic, V. (submitted). The implicit/explicit dichotomy and SLA research. 


BOOK REVIEWS

 

Dronjic, V. (2006). Review of J. R. Willis and B. L. Leaver (Eds.) (2004) Task-based instruction in foreign language education: Practices and programs. Canadian Modern Language Review, 62, 473-476. [Review]

 


MANUSCRIPTS

 

Chen, X., Dronjic, V., & Helms-Park, R. (edited volume in preparation). Reading in a second language: Cognitive and psycholinguistic issues. Routledge. 

 

Dronjic, V., & Helms-Park, R. (in preparation). Differences in L1 grammaticality judgments between monolingual and bilingual speakers of Serbo-Croatian: A preliminary investigation.

 

Li, H., Dronjic, V., & Chen, X. (in preparation). The role of semantic relatedness, phonology, and orthography in the development of Chinese primary school students' morphological awareness. 


Helms-Park, R., Petrescu, M. C., & Dronjic, V. (in preparation). How cognate facilitation varies with frequency and register: A comparison of Romanian and Vietnamese speakers on a Vocabulary Levels Test. 


Dronjic, V. (in preparation). Reading and cognition. In X. Chen, V. Dronjic, & R. Helms-Park (Eds.), Reading in a second language: Cognitive and psycholinguistic issues. Routledge. 

 


PRESENTATIONS, TALKS, AND WORKSHOPS

 


REFEREED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

 

Helms-Park, R., Pratt, J., Dronjic, V., & Yan, Q. (2014). Miscues in L2 reading reflect interaction between visual word recognition processes and the architecture of the mental lexicon. Poster presented at the Ninth International Conference on the Mental Lexicon, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON.


Petrescu., M. C., Helms-Park, R., & Dronjic, V. (2014). Testing the cognate facilitation hypothesis through an offline lexical decision task. Poster presented at the Ninth International Conference on the Mental Lexicon, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON.

Dronjic. V., Helms-Park, R., Yee, C., & Kim, D. (2014). L1 morphological type affects L2 morphological processing. Paper presented at the conference of the American Association for Applied LinguisticsPortland, OR.

Pasquarella, A., Chen, X., Koh, P. W., Zhang, J., & Dronjic, V. (2013). Chinese and English reading comprehension in adolescent English language learners: Examining the roles of vocabulary, morphological awareness, and syntactic awareness. Paper presented at the Twentieth Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, Hong Kong.

Dronjic. V., Helms-Park, R., & Smyth, R. (2013). How English, Chinese, and Korean speakers respond to violations of English morphology: The role of morpheme type, L1, and working memory. Paper presented at the Eighth International Morphological Processing Conference, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Dronjic. V., & Helms-Park, R. (2012). The on-line processing of English morphology by Mandarin, Korean, and English native speakers and its connection to short-term and working memory. Poster presented at the Eighth International Conference on the Mental Lexicon, Montréal, QC.

Dronjic. V., & Helms-Park, R. (2012). Acceptability judgment tasks as research tools: As fickle as they get. Paper presented at the 11th International Conference of the Association for Language Awareness, Montréal, QC

Rukholm, V., Helms-Park, R., Smyth, R., & Dronjic, V. (2012). Facilitating lexical acquisition through song: The case of beginner Italian. Paper presented at the conference of the Canadian Linguistic Association, Waterloo, ON

Dronjic. V., & Helms-Park, R. (2011). Comparing the acceptability judgments of Serbo-Croatian monolinguals and bilinguals. Paper presented at the conference of the Canadian Linguistic Association, Fredericton, NB

Helms-Park, R., & Dronjic, V. (2011). Why word association tasks are unsuitable as second-language lexical tests. Paper presented at the 38th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Dronjic, V., & Helms-Park, R. (2009). Why second-language lexical tests using paradigmatic and syntagmatic associations are problematic. Paper presented at the conference of the Canadian Linguistic Association, Ottawa, ON.
 
Petrescu. M. C., Arulampalam, N., Dronjic, V., & Helms-Park, R. (2009). An examination of cognate facilitation in an established and a newly designed academic lexical test. Paper presented at the conference of the Canadian Linguistic Association, Ottawa, ON.
 
Dronjic, V. (2009). Investigating changes in the L1 knowledge of late bilinguals: How (not) to construct a grammaticality judgment instrument. Paper presented at the conference of the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics, Ottawa, ON.

 

Petrescu, M. C., Dronjic., V., Arulampalam, N., Helms-Park, R. (2009). How Depth of Vocabulary Knowledge (DVK) tests can reveal cognate facilitation. Paper presented at the conference of the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics, Ottawa, ON.

 

Helms-Park, R., Petrescu, M.C., & Dronjic, V. (2009). Empirical evidence of cognate facilitation in established and newly designed lexical tests. Paper presented at the conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Denver, CO.

 

Hao, M. L., Dronjic, V., & Chen, X., & Shu, H. (2009). The development of morphological awareness in Chinese children: The role of semantic transparency and morpheme type. Paper presented at the Georgetown University Round Table 2009, Washington, DC.

 

Dronjic, V., Petrescu, M. C., & Helms-Park, R. (2008). The merits and potential weaknesses of Depth-of-Vocabulary-Knowledge tests containing paradigmatic and syntagmatic associations: An exemplar. Paper presented at the conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC.

 

Dronjic, V. (2007). The changing L1 system in bilinguals residing in an L2 environment: judgments of L1 utterances of other bilinguals which do not conform to the monolingual standard. Paper presented at the conference of the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics, Saskatoon, SK.

 

Helms-Park, R., Dronjic, V., & Petrescu, M. C. (2007). Should lexical tests exclude cognates? Analyzing Romanian and Vietnamese speakers’ choices on the Nation-Schmitt Vocabulary Levels Test. Paper presented at the conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Costa Mesa, CA.

 

INVITED TALKS

Dronjic., V. (2014). L1 vs. L2 morphological processing: An example from English. February 12thUniversity of Toronto Scarborough, Toronto, ON.

Helms-Park, R., Petrescu, M. C., Dronjic, V., & Perhan, Z.  (2011). Cognate facilitation in L2 lexical tests. June 22nd, MARCS Auditory Laboratories, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, NSW

Helms-Park, R., & Dronjic, V. (2009). Evaluating Depth-of-Vocabulary-Knowledge tests on psycholinguistic, procedural, and empirical grounds. January 30thMLC Colloquium Series (CTL3001H/CTL3801H)OISE/UT, TorontoON.


OTHER TALKS

Dronjic, V. (2014). A glance at bootstrapping. October 7th, Department of Modern Languages Graduate Research Seminar, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Dronjic, V. (2014). L2 English reading by Chinese and Spanish speakers: Shared mechanisms and differences. November 4th, Department of Modern Languages Graduate Research Seminar, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Dronjic, V. (2014). The wonder of language: A few examples from psycholinguistics. May 31st, University of Toronto Mississauga, Mississauga, ON. 

Dronjic., V. (2013). The talking brain: More than meets the eye. September 6thOISE/University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.

Dronjic, V., Helms-Park, R., and Smyth, R. (2012). How English morphology is processed by native and non-native speakers: The role of working memory. November 23rdPsycholinguistics Group, Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.

Dronjic, V. (2012). The on-line processing of English morphology by Mandarin, Korean, and English native speakers and its connection to short-term and working memory. November 16th, CERLL Informal Seminar Series, OISE/University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.

Dronjic, V., & Helms-Park, R. (2011). Comparing the acceptability judgments of Serbo-Croatian monolinguals and bilinguals. April 15thPsycholinguistics Group, Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

Dronjic, V., Chen, X., & Hao, M. (2010). The development of morphological awareness among Chinese children: The role of semantic relatedness and morpheme type. January 15thPsycholinguistics Group, Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
 
Dronjic, V., & Helms-Park, R. (2009). Why current vocabulary depth tests using paradigmatic and syntagmatic associations lack validity: Some psycholinguistic problems. May 8thPsycholinguistics Group, Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

WORKSHOPS

 

Dronjic, V. (2008). Teaching grammar communicatively. October 17th, Global Village, Toronto, ON
 

MANUSCRIPT REVIEWING EXPERIENCE

Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

Language Learning

Studies in Second Language Acquisition

Scientific Studies of Reading

Writing Systems Research

Reading development and difficulties in monolingual and bilingual Chinese children (book edited by Xi Chen, Qiuying Wang, and Yang Luo)

Studies in Language Sciences: Journal of the Japanese Society for Language Sciences

Language Problems and Language Planning


CONFERENCE ABSTRACT REVIEWING EXPERIENCE

Second Language Pedagogy Conference

The Annual International Conference of the Japanese Society for Language Sciences


MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS




OTHER ROLES AND ACTIVITIES
 
Service to the Department: Prepared a funding proposal for participation in the University of Toronto's Writing Initiative for the courses LIN204 and LIN205 for the 2014/15 academic year, University of Toronto Mississauga.

Speaker/Department Representative: 2014 University of Toronto Mississauga Spring Reunion. 

Organizer: Department of Language Studies Speaker Series (a series of guest lectures on various topics in linguistics), University of Toronto Mississauga, 2013 - 2014. 

Discussant: Bilingual and biliteracy development (a session consisting of two invited keynote presentations, by Mutsumi Imai and Min Wang). July 2nd, 2010. Research in Reading Chinese and Related Asian Languages Conference, Toronto, ON
 
Conference Staff: Helped organize and run the Research in Reading Chinese and Related Asian Languages Conference. Late June/early July, 2010. Toronto, ON
 
Participant: UTSC/Sunnybrook Hospital Neurosciences/Brain sciences half-day retreat [a meeting of researchers and administrators from the two institutions to discuss avenues of future collaboration in the area of brain research and education]. May 7th, 2010. Estates of Sunnybrook, Toronto, ON
 
Member: Departmental sub-committee for the formation of a new Language and Brain Specialist program. Spring and summer, 2010. Linguistics, Department of Humanities,  University of Toronto Scarborough, Toronto, ON
 
Panel Participant: What it means to be a Ph.D. student. A panel discussion directed at new and old doctoral students. October, 23rd, 2009. SLE Ph.D. Forum, OISE/UT, Toronto, ON
 
Information Desk Volunteer: Conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (2008), Washington, DC
 
Session Chair: Conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (2008), Washington, DC
 
Discussant: Impact of Online Search Engines (a multi-paper session). May 29th, 2007. Conference of the Canadian Society for Studies in Education, Saskatoon, SK.
 
Volunteer Co-Facilitator (with Jim Cummins): Psychological foundations of learning a second language (one of a series of professional development workshops for secondary school teachers organized by Antoinette Gagné). May 25th, 2006. OISE/UT, Toronto, ON
 
Volunteer: COSTI Immigrant Services Translation Bureau (COSTI is a community-based multicultural agency which provides services to immigrants and individuals in need of assistance). March, 2003. Toronto, ON