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.

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Standardization of the English language

The topic of my research is the history of normative English grammar, particularly its contacts with contemporary philosophy of language, rhetoric and poetics.

  • Expires after: 01-01-2525
  • Keywords: Standardization,Historical Linguistics,Historical Sociolinguistics,Language And Culture,Prescriptivism,Grammar Writing

Variation in English World-Wide

Corpus-based studies on morphosyntactic variation in Englishes

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  • Expires after: 01-01-2525
  • Keywords: World Englishes,Variationist Linguistics,Sociolinguistics,Registers,Corpus Linguistics

Comparative sociolinguistics

Comparative analysis across multiple regional dialects of English

  • Expires after: 01-01-2200
  • Keywords: Regional Dialects,Comparative Sociolinguistics

Letter writing in Late Modern English

Unlocking the Mary Hamilton Papers. A window onto eighteenth-century life, literature and language

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  • Expires after: 31-12-2027
  • Keywords: Grammar Writing,Historical Sociolinguistics,Language Attitudes,Diachronic Variation,Prescriptivism,Standardization,Variationist Linguistics,Corpus Linguistics,Historical Correspondence,Pragmatics,Social Network Analysis,Socio-historical Linguistics

Constructing discursive opposition: a corpus study of negation in Ta-Nehisi Coates's discourse on race

I am a PhD student in English linguistics at the University of Bergen (Norway). My research focuses on negation strategies in oppositional discourse, specifically anti-racist discourse.

  • Expires after: 31-07-2026
  • Keywords: Corpus Linguistics,Discourse Analysis,Sociolinguistics,Pragmatics

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Communication Strategies and Language Attitudes of West African Users of English as Lingua Franca in France and Germany: Case Studies from the Medical Field

This PhD project investigates attitudes-strategies of Anglophone West African professionals in English interactions in France and Germany, providing insights on cross-cultural healthcare communication

  • Expires after: 31-12-2025
  • Keywords: English As A Lingua Franca,Comparative Sociolinguistics,Discourse Analysis,West African Englishes,World Englishes,Language Attitudes,Language Identity,Multilingualism,Nigerian English

Geospatial Linguistics

Modelling language variation and change in local populations using geo-referenced social media language data

  • Expires after: 01-10-2025
  • Keywords: Geographical Variation,Language Change,Variationist Linguistics,Sociolinguistics,Online Language

Weak verbs in old Northumbrian

My PhD project investigates the old Northumbrian weak verbal paradigm, specifically the morphology of weak verbs 2. Data collected from the interlinear glosses to the Lindisfarne & Rushworth Gospels.

  • Expires after: 30-04-2025
  • Keywords: Old English,Language Contact,English Historical Linguistics,Diachronic Linguistics,Historical Sociolinguistics,Language Change,Mixed-Effects Modelling,Morphology,Middle English,History Of English,Philology,Sociolinguistics,Quantitative Methods

Creole and English in a British Overseas Territory Language Variations and Language Attitudes in 21st Century Anguilla

One’s aim is to perform an in-depth sociolinguistic analysis of Anguillians' use of and attitudes towards their native language as well as their outlook on other varieties of English.

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  • Expires after: 30-04-2025
  • Keywords: Caribbean Englishes,Corpus Linguistics,Sociolinguistics,Dialectology,World Englishes,Dialect Typology

Assessing the Manner of Speech in Australian Courts: A Study of English-Mandarin Professional Interpreters in Remote Settings

The mixed-method research study is funded by UNSW, investigating the manner of speech and other practical aspects of the accuracy of court interpreting in modes and modalities of remote settings.

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  • Expires after: 26-03-2025
  • Keywords: Sociolinguistics,Pragmatics,Discourse Analysis,Translation And Interpreting Studies,Public Service Interpreting,Community Translation,Institutional Interpreting,Court Interpreting,Interpreter Education,Manner Of Speech,Language Learning

Variation in English on the internet and its implications: an empirical study of web registers in South Asian countries

Study of language variation in South Asian online Englishes

  • Expires after: 28-02-2025
  • Keywords: Corpus Linguistics,Registers,Quantitative Methods,World Englishes,Variation,Sociolinguistics,Textual Variation,Variationist Linguistics,Multidimensional Analysis,Computer-mediate Communication,South Asian Englishes,Pakistani English,Indian English,Sri Lankan English,Bangladeshi English,R,Python

Word stress perception and production in Slavic Englishes

My PhD project explored how Slavic learners of English perceive and produce word stress based on electroencephalography (EEG) and phonetic evidence.

English in Late Modern times

The aim is to take into consideration LModE usage in a range of previously unedited texts, especially as far as popular culture is concerned.

  • Expires after: 31-12-2024
  • Keywords: Historical Pragmatics,Historical Sociolinguistics,Geographical Variation,Early Business Discourse,Early Multimodality,Popular Culture,Entertainment

Salience in New Orleans English

My current project aims to determine and describe features of New Orleans English, such as the PIN~PEN merger, /l/-vocalization, /aɪ/-monophthongization and certain syntactic features.

Unlocking the Mary Hamilton Papers

Collaborative research project on a (mainly) 18C archive, involving network relations, verbal syntax, and other literary and linguistic strands.

Historical Sociolinguistics Meets Construction Grammar: The Case of Productivity in English

Aims: (1) increase the explanatory power of CxG by drawing on historical sociolinguistics; (2) learn more about linguistic phenomena in the field of productivity in the history of English.

Nigerian English, Nigerian Pidgin and World Englishes

I am interested in English grammar, pidgin and creole studies, World Englishes and sociolinguistics. I am willing to learn and develop professionally.

  • Expires after: 31-12-2019
  • Keywords: Grammar,Dialectology,Language Contact,Grammaticalisation,Lexical Variation,Multilingualism,Syntax,World Englishes,Sociolinguistics