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Yi Wang

Dr Yi Wang


School of English, Communication and Philosophy

+44 29208 70774
John Percival Building, Room Room 3.36, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision


I have a background in both cognitive linguistics and language typology, with experience in first and second language acquisition, language and cognition, language processing, and the interaction between language learning and cognitive development. I approach linguistic typology from an experimental perspective and use a combination of both offline and online measures to explore how language variation may make a difference in language acquisition and processing, with a particular focus on the domain of motion.












Research summary

My research expertise lies in language and cognition, motion event processing, and experimental psychology. By taking an experimental approach, my research aims to uncover 1) how linguistic typological preferences interact with cognitive processing and 2) how typological differences between first and second language affect one's cognitive development.

My doctorate is an interdisciplinary project that bridges the field of second/additional language acquisition and linguistic relativity research. It examines how multilingual individuals speak and think across different modalities (i.e., speech, processing times, and non-verbal cognitive behaviour), and the extent to which they recalibrate their cognitive dispositions towards perceptual phenomena as a result of learning multiple languages.

Before joining Cardiff, I held an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) post-doctoral Fellowship at the Institute of Education (IOE), University College London (UCL). The postdoctoral project "Exploring the Dynamics of Language and Thought in the Multilingual Mind: Effects of Multiple Language Learning" continues research on language acquisition and cognition, by using a novel, multidisciplinary approach combining production, comprehension, categorization, and perception of spatial concepts with eye-tracking. These efforts are aimed at transforming the study of language and cognition in the context of second language acquisition into a thoroughly interdisciplinary field. For more details on the project please click on the following link



I am currently teaching the following modules:

  • SE1111 Language and the Mind
  • SE1418 Experimental Approaches to Psycholinguistics 
  • SE1312 Children, Language and Communication
  • SE1422 First and Second Language Acquisition 



I completed my MA in Linguistics at the University of Hong Kong and obtained a PhD in Psycholinguistics from University College London in 2020. Prior to joining Cardiff University as a lecturer in 2022, I held an ESRC post-doctoral fellowship at UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics (


I am interested in supervising doctoral projects broadly related to the fields of psycholinguistics and cognitive linguistics, including topics such as language and cognition, motion event processing, bilingualism and multilingualism, and the cognitive benefits of language learning.