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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.
(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
- Website: https://ubc.academia.edu/StefanDollinger/Border-Studies
- Expires after: 01-01-2555
- Keywords: Dialectology,Historical Linguistics,Language Change,World Englishes,Variationist Linguistics
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).
- Website: http://www.anglistik.uni-kiel.de/de/fachgebiete/linguistik/anderwald/cng-collection-of-nineteenth-century-grammar
- Expires after: 01-04-2036
- Keywords: Historical Linguistics,Grammar Writing,Language Change,Prescriptivism
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
For my MA dissertation, I carried out a study of Scots online. This addressed ambiguity surrounding the definition of Scots, and which orthographic variants are 'good' or 'bad'.
- Expires after: 05-12-2022
- Keywords: Bilingualism,Language Change,Language Contact,Sociolinguistics
Language contact and grammatical change in early English
How much is early English syntax shaped by contact with Celtic and Norse? My Konstanz inaugural lecture (see link) gives an overview of some of my work on this so far.
- Website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IATXBYKiow
- Expires after: 01-10-2021
- Keywords: Historical Syntax,Language Contact,Language Change,Old English,Middle English,Syntax,Historical Linguistics
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