Lynne Duncan

+44 (0)1382 384629
Senior Lecturer

Bio

Biography

After completing my undergraduate degree in the School of Psychology, University of St. Andrews, I was awarded an MRC studentship to study for a PhD on the topic of developmental dyslexia. I have been conducting research and lecturing in the School of Psychology at the University of Dundee since 1999. In 2009, I held a post as a Visiting Lecturer in the Unité de Recherche sur l’Evolution du Comportement et l’Apprentissage at the Université Charles-de-Gaulle Lille 3 in France.

Research

Lab Website: Language and Learning lab 

 My current research takes a cross-linguistic perspective on language development in relation to visual word recognition and developmental dyslexia. Recent studies have investigated the influence of speech rhythm on phonological development and the relationship between orthographic depth and rates of reading acquisition in a wide range of European languages including Danish, Finnish, Greek, Icelandic, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian Spanish and Swedish.

A description of this work, including details of the other European research teams that I work with, can be found on the project website: Literacy Acquisition in European Orthographies

I have also been investigating early language development, in particular, the acquisition of knowledge about derivational morphology through collaboration with Prof. Pascale Colé (Université de Provence, France) Prof. Séverine Casalis (Université de Lille 3, France).

Finally, I have been developing an interest in the visual word recognition skills of bilinguals and second language learners together with Prof. Séverine Casalis and Dr Eva Commissaire

Teaching

I supervise undergraduate and MSc dissertatons and teach on the following modules:

MSc Developmental Theories

MSc Research in Practice

MSc/Level 4 Reading Development and Disability

Level 3 Research Skills

Level 1 Biological Psychology

Publications

Cavalli, E, Duncan, LG, Elbro, C, El Ahmadi, A & Colé, P 2017,

'Phonemic – Morphemic dissociation in university students with dyslexia: An index of reading compensation?' Annals of Dyslexia, vol 67, no. 1, pp. 63-84. DOI:
10.1007/s11881-016-0138-y

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Terzopoulos, AR, Duncan, LG, Wilson, MAJ, Niolaki, GZ & Masterton, J 2017,

'Helex Kids: a word frequency database for Greek and Cypriot primary school children' Behavior Research Methods, vol 49, no. 1, pp. 83-96. DOI:
10.3758/s13428-015-0698-5

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Sauval, K, Perre, L, Duncan, LG, Marinus, E & Casalis, S 2017,

'Automatic phonological activation during visual word recognition in bilingual children: a cross-language masked priming study in Grades 3 and 5' Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, vol 154, pp. 64-77. DOI:
10.1016/j.jecp.2016.10.003

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Duncan, LG, Mc Geown, SP, Griffiths, YM, Stothard, SE & Dobai, A 2016,

'Adolescent reading skill and engagement with digital and traditional literacies as predictors of reading comprehension' British Journal of Psychology, vol 107, no. 2, pp. 209-238. DOI:
10.1111/bjop.12134

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Mc Geown, SP, Osborne, C, Warhurst, A, Norgate, R & Duncan, LG 2016,

'Understanding children’s reading activities: reading motivation, skill and child characteristics as predictors' Journal of Research in Reading, vol 39, no. 1, pp. 109-125. DOI:
10.1111/1467-9817.12060

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Gollek, C, Duncan, L & Doherty, MJ 2015,

'Socio-economic deprivation at age 3 affects language and Theory of Mind development' BPS Developmental Section & Social Section Annual Conference, Manchester, United Kingdom, 9/09/15 - 11/09/15, .

Research output: Contribution To Conference



Mc Geown, SP, Duncan, LG, Griffiths, YM & Stothard, SE 2015,

'Erratum to: Exploring the relationship between adolescents’ reading skills, reading motivation and reading habits' Reading and Writing, vol 28, no. 5, pp. 745. DOI:
10.1007/s11145-015-9543-6

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Casalis, S, Quémart, P & Duncan, LG 2015,

'How language affects children’s use of derivational morphology in visual word and pseudoword processing: evidence from a cross-language study' Frontiers in Psychology, vol 6, pp. 452. DOI:
10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00452

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Mc Geown, SP, Duncan, LG, Griffiths, YM & Stothard, SE 2015,

'Exploring the relationship between adolescent’s reading skills, reading motivation and reading habits' Reading and Writing, vol 28, no. 4, pp. 545-569. DOI:
10.1007/s11145-014-9537-9

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Casalis, S, Commissaire, E & Duncan, LG 2015,

'Sensitivity to morpheme units in English as L2 word recognition' Writing Systems Research, vol 7, no. 3, pp. 186-201. DOI:
10.1080/17586801.2014.976165

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Bouton, S, Colé, P, Serniclaes, W, Duncan, LG & Giraud, AL 2015,

'Atypical phonological processing impairs written word recognition in children with cochlear implants' Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, vol 30, no. 6, pp. 684-699. DOI:
10.1080/23273798.2014.1002796

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Commissaire, E, Duncan, LG & Casalis, S 2014,

'Grapheme coding in L2: how do L2 learners process new graphemes?' Journal of Cognitive Psychology, vol 26, no. 7, pp. 725-739. DOI:
10.1080/20445911.2014.951363

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Colé, P, Duncan, LG & Blaye, A 2014,

'Cognitive flexibility predicts early reading skills' Frontiers in Psychology, vol 5, 565. DOI:
10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00565

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Duncan, LG, Castro, SL, Defior, S, Seymour, PHK, Baillie, S, Leybaert, J, Mousty, P, Genard, N, Sarris, M, Porpodas, CD, Lund, R, Sigurdsson, B, Thráinsdóttir, AS, Sucena, A & Serrano, F 2013,

'Phonological development in relation to native language and literacy: variations on a theme in six alphabetic orthographies' Cognition, vol 127, no. 3, pp. 398-419. DOI:
10.1016/j.cognition.2013.02.009

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Quémart, P, Casalis, S & Duncan, LG 2012,

'Exploring the role of bases and suffixes when reading familiar and unfamiliar words: evidence from French young readers' Scientific Studies of Reading, vol 16, no. 5, pp. 424-442. DOI:
10.1080/10888438.2011.584333

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Commissaire, E, Duncan, LG & Casalis, S 2011,

'Cross-language transfer of orthographic processing skills: a study of French children who learn English at school' Journal of Research in Reading, vol 34, no. 1, pp. 59-76. DOI:
10.1111/j.1467-9817.2010.01473.x

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Duncan, LG 2010,

Phonological development from a cross-linguistic perspective. in N Brunswick, S Mc Dougall & P de Mornay Davies (eds), Reading and dyslexia in different orthographies. Psychology Press, Hove, pp. 43-68.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Duncan, LG, Gray, E, Quémart, P & Casalis, S 2010,

'Do good and poor readers make use of morphemic structure in English word recognition?' Journal of Portuguese Linguistics, vol 9-10, pp. 143-160.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Duncan, LG, Casalis, S & Cole, P 2009,

'Early metalinguistic awareness of derivational morphology: Observations from a comparison of English and French' Applied Psycholinguistics, vol 30, no. 3, pp. 405-440. DOI:
10.1017/S0142716409090213

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Duncan, LG 2009,

Acquiring complex reading skills: an exploration of disyllabic reading. in C Wood & V Connelly (eds), Contemporary perspectives on reading and spelling. New Perspectives on Learning and Instruction, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon., pp. 42-58.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Duncan, LG, Seymour, PHK & Bolik, F 2007,

'Rimes and superrimes: an exploration of children's disyllabic rhyming skills' British Journal of Psychology, vol 98, no. 2, pp. 199-221. DOI:
10.1348/000712606X114598

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Duncan, LG, Colé, P, Seymour, PHK & Magnan, A 2006,

'Differing sequences of metaphonological development in French and English' Journal of Child Language, vol 33, no. 2, pp. 369-399. DOI:
10.1017/S030500090600732X

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Duncan, LG 2004,

Influence de l’apprentissage de la lecture et de la langue maternelle sur le développement phonologique: une perspective inter-langues. in S Valdois, P Colé & D David (eds), Apprentissage de la lecture et dyslexies développementales: de la théorie à la pratique orthophonique et pédagogique. Editions Solal, Marseille, pp. 15-41.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Duncan, LG & Seymour, PHK 2003,

'How do children read multisyllabic words? Some preliminary observations' Journal of Research in Reading, vol 26, no. 2, pp. 101-120. DOI:
10.1111/1467-9817.00190

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Duncan, LG, Seymour, PHK & Hill, S 2000,

'A small-to-large unit progression in metaphonological awareness and reading?' Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. A, Human Experimental Psychology, vol 53, no. 4, pp. 1081-1103. DOI:
10.1080/713755936

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Duncan, LG & Seymour, PHK 2000,

'Socio-economic differences in foundation-level literacy' British Journal of Psychology, vol 91, no. 2, pp. 145-166. DOI:
10.1348/000712600161736

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Duncan, LG & Johnston, RS 1999,

'How does phonological awareness relate to nonword reading skill amongst poor readers?' Reading and Writing, vol 11, no. 5-6, pp. 405-439. DOI:
10.1023/A:1007923313914

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Seymour, PHK, Duncan, LG & Bolik, FM 1999,

'Rhymes and phonemes in the common unit task:: replications and implications for beginning reading' Journal of Research in Reading, vol 22, no. 2, pp. 113-130. DOI:
10.1111/1467-9817.00077

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Duncan, LG, Seymour, PHK & Hill, S 1997,

'How important are rhyme and analogy in beginning reading?' Cognition, vol 63, no. 2, pp. 171-208. DOI:
10.1016/S0010-0277(97)00001-2

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Seymour, PHK & Duncan, LG 1997,

'Small versus large unit theories of reading acquisition' Dyslexia, vol 3, no. 3, pp. 125-134. DOI:
10.1002/(SICI)1099-0909(199709)3:3<125::AID-DYS85>3.0.CO;2-4

Research output: Contribution To Journal