• 502 Citations
  • 12 h-Index
1991 …2018
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Personal profile


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.


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.

I have also been investigating early language development, in particular, the acquisition of knowledge about derivational morphology through collaboration with Prof. Pascale Colé (Aix-Marseille Université, 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 our former PhD student, Dr Eva Commissaire


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

MSc Research in Practice

MSc/Level 4: Reading Development and Disability

Level 3 Research Skills

Level 2: Language Development 

Level 1: Biological Psychology

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Research Output 1991 2018

  • 502 Citations
  • 12 h-Index
  • 27 Article
  • 4 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
  • 3 Chapter
  • 1 Abstract

A Cross-Linguistic Analysis of the Role of Morphology in Reading Development

Duncan, L. G., 9 Apr 2018, Morphological Processing and Literacy Development: Current Issues and Research. Berthiaume, R., Daigle, D. & Desrochers, A. (eds.). 1 ed. Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

2 Citations

What is the influence of morphological knowledge in the early stages of reading acquisition among low SES children? A graphical modelling approach

Colé, P., Cavalli, E., Duncan, L., Theurel, A., Gentaz, E., Sprenger-Charolles, L. & El-Ahmadi, A., 19 Apr 2018, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 19, p. 1-15 15 p., 547.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Language Development
Hot Temperature
1 Citations

Automatic phonological activation during visual word recognition in bilingual children: a cross-language masked priming study in Grades 3 and 5

Sauval, K., Perre, L., Duncan, L. G., Marinus, E. & Casalis, S., Feb 2017, In : Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 154, p. 64-77 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

HelexKids: a word frequency database for Greek and Cypriot primary school children

Terzopoulos, A. R., Duncan, L. G., Wilson, M. A. J., Niolaki, G. Z. & Masterton, J., Feb 2017, In : Behavior Research Methods. 49, 1, p. 83-96 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Language Development
11 Citations

Phonemic – Morphemic dissociation in university students with dyslexia: An index of reading compensation?

Cavalli, E., Duncan, L. G., Elbro, C., El Ahmadi, A. & Colé, P., Apr 2017, In : Annals of Dyslexia. 67, 1, p. 63-84 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Activities 2011 2017

  • 3 Editorial activity
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

De Boeck Supérieur (Publisher)

Pascale Colé (Editor), Lynne Duncan (Editor), Eddy Cavalli (Editor)
2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

Speaking, Hearing, Listening: participatory practices with children

Victoria Jupp Kina (Organiser), Lynne Duncan (Organiser), David Law (Organiser), Aude Fiorini (Organiser)
14 Jun 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Frontiers in Psychology (Journal)

Lynne Duncan (Guest editor), Daniela Traficante (Guest editor), Maximiliano Wilson (Guest editor)
Oct 2016 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

Journal of Research in Reading (Journal)

Lynne Duncan (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity


Everyday Discrimination: The Experiences of Hungarian Roma

Author: Dobai, A., 2018

Supervisor: Hopkins, N. (Supervisor) & Duncan, L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

Word representations of bilingual adults and children

Author: Terzopoulos, A., 2018

Supervisor: Duncan, L. (Supervisor) & Melinger, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy