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Anna Sfakianaki (anna.sfak@gmail.com )

Anna Sfakianaki is an Educator-Phonetician/Linguist (PhD) specializing in Hearing Impairment and Special Education. She holds a BA (Hons) in Education Sciences and a two-year PGDip in Special Education from the Department of Primary School Education, University of Crete, an MA in Applied Linguistics from the Department of Linguistic Science, University of Reading (UK) and a PhD in Linguistics (Phonetics) from the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her doctoral thesis entitled “An Acoustic Study of Coarticulation in the speech of Greek adults with Normal Hearing and Hearing Impairment” was funded by the Greek Ministry of Education (2007-2010). She has worked as a Primary School Teacher since 2004. She has served at mainstream primary schools of the county of Heraklion as well as at the Primary School for the Deaf and Hard-of Hearing of Heraklion, Crete. Currently, besides teaching, she is doing Postdoctoral Research (awarded Excellence Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Research Committee of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 2013-2014), and she also participates in three academic projects:
  1. VOCALECT: Vowels of Greek Dialects: Phonetic and phonological analysis, dialect index construction, and diffusion of results through educational material (Thales Programme, University of Ioannina)
  2. Museum of Oral History: an 'experiential' research tool for preservational and educational purposes (Scientific Project funded by John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, University of Crete)
  3. SpeakGreek: Developing a biofeedback speech training tool for Greek segmental and suprasegmental features: Application in L2 learning/teaching and clinical intervention (Research Program Aristeia II, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
She has worked as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Division of Linguistics, Department of Philology, University of Crete and at the Clinical Language Sciences (Speech and Language Therapy), Leeds Metropolitan University (UK), as a Research Officer at the Department of Linguistic Science, University of Reading (UK), on the European Project SPECO “A multimedia multilingual teaching and training system for speech handicapped children”, and as a Teaching & Laboratory Assistant at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has published her work in journals and conference proceedings. Her research interests lie mainly in the field of experimental phonetics and especially in normal and disordered speech production as well language and pronunciation teaching using new technologies.