ISLE Research Network

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Members of ISLE can choose to create a brief profile of their current research activities for publication on our website. Each profile may contain up to 5 'themes', and each theme may include any number of keywords.

We aim for this page to be a showcase of research in English Linguistics. It will enable members to get in touch with others working on related research topics.

Use your own keywords or choose ISLE member / Linguist List keywords:

(Socio)Linguistic Effects across Political Borders

Long neglected as "unimportant" variation, political borders that cut across older dialect zones reveal interesting linguistic and sociolinguistic features that are very "real" for speakers

Morpho-syntactic variation and change

Integrating syntactic theory into variationist analysis of morpho-syntactic phenomena to understand the underlying structure of variation and the processes of change

  • Expires after: 01-01-2200
  • Keywords: Syntax,Variation,Language Change

Discourse-pragmatic variation and change

Variation and change in the use of discourse-pragmatic features such as question tags; discourse pragmatic effects in relation to syntactic phenomena

  • Expires after: 01-01-2200
  • Keywords: Discourse-pragmatic,Variation,Language Change

19c grammars and grammar writing

I investigate British and American grammars, grammar writing and their influence on language change of the time, based on corpus studies and my collection of nineteenth-century grammars (CNG).

Variation and Change in English

Grammatical and phonological variation in past and present varieties of English; functional conditioning; based on linguistic corpora and text databases; with a focus on quantitative methodologies.

  • Expires after: 31-12-2030
  • Keywords: Alternations,Constraints On Variation,Corpus Linguistics,Diachronic Variation,Historical Linguistics,Language Change,Phonology,Quantitative Methods,Variationist Linguistics,World Englishes,Grammar

Acquisition, Variation, and Diachronic Change in and across English Amplifiier Systems

This research project focuses on the amplification of adjectives in English (e.g. very good, really nice) using a corpus-based quantitative approach.

  • Expires after: 30-09-2021
  • Keywords: Variation,Corpus Linguistics,Language Change,Quantitative Methods

Constraints on syntactic variation: noun phrases in early Germanic languages

The project (2017-2020) focuses on noun phrase word order in Old English, Old Norse (Old Icelandic and Old Norwegian), Old Swedish, Old High German, Old Saxon, and Gothic.

Information structure and word order change in Germanic and Romance languages

Completed project (2010-2014), which dealt with information structure in Old English, Old Norse, Old High German, Old French, Old Spanish, Classical Portuguese. It is a topic I am still interested in.

New Englishes

I´m currently looking into morphosyntactic changes in New Englishes.

  • Expires after: 31-03-2019
  • Keywords: Diachronic Variation,Corpus Linguistics,Grammar,Language Change,Language And Culture,Mass Media,Standardization,Synchronic Linguistics,Variation,World Englishes

Multilingualism in the Middle Ages

This is an area I have recently become interested in.

  • Expires after: 31-12-2018
  • Keywords: Historical Linguistics,Language Contact,Language Change