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:

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

  • Website: http://view0.webs.uvigo.es/
  • 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

Mary Hamilton Papers

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

Exploring probabilistic grammar(s) in varieties of English around the world

The objective of the project is to understand the lectal plasticity of probabilistic knowledge of English grammar, on the part of language users with diverse regional and cultural backgrounds.

Attitudes of Nigerian Students towards Accents of English

The aim of this research is to investigate which variety of English is most likely to act as a marker of linguistic identity in Nigeria.

  • Expires after: 30-09-2020
  • Keywords: Comparative Sociolinguistics,Sociolinguistics,Nigerian English,Variationist Linguistics,World Englishes,West African Englishes

Social embedding of neologisms in the history of English

Tracking new words using historical corpora, OED & HT: who used neologisms, how they spread, what kinds of semantic fields and social meanings they were associated with and how this changed over time.

Syntactic Variation in Cape Flats English

A sociolinguistic approach towards (morpho-)syntactic variation in CFE.

  • Expires after: 01-04-2020
  • Keywords: Comparative Sociolinguistics,Sociolinguistics,Statistical Methods Of Syntactic Analysis,World Englishes,Variationist Linguistics,Syntax,Cape Flats English,South African English

Constructional variation

Usage-based approach to constructional variation across lects and registers

  • Expires after: 01-01-2020
  • Keywords: Construction Grammar,Corpus Linguistics,Cognitive Sociolinguistics

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

A Corpus based Comparison of Variation in Online Registers of Pakistani English

A PhD study on online and off-line registers of Pakistani English.

Nigerian Newscasters’ English as a Model of Standard Nigerian English

This work aims to investigate whether the variety of English used by Nigerian newscasters is stable and systematic enough to justify its acceptance as a model of Standard Nigerian English

  • Expires after: 14-01-2019
  • Keywords: First And Second Language Acquisition,Language Attitudes,Phonetics And Phonology,Sociolinguistics,Variationist Linguistics,West African Englishes,World Englishes,Nigerian English

Attitudes of Nigerian Students towards BBC Pidgin English

The research aims to investigate the attitudes of Nigerians, specifically Nigerian students towards the BBC Pidgin English variety.

  • Expires after: 21-12-2018
  • Keywords: Sociolinguistics,Variationist Linguistics,West African Englishes,Pidgins And Creoles,Nigerian Pidgin English,West African Pidgin English,BBC Pidgin,Language Attitudes

Combining the Micro and Macro in Communication Accommodation Theory and Style Shifting

Do speakers accommodate on their use of backchannels? When and why? What do they achieve through this in interaction? PhD work in progress

  • Website: https://mirjameiswirth.wordpress.com/
  • Expires after: 30-09-2018
  • Keywords: Conversation Analysis,Data Analysis With R,Sociolinguistics,Indexicality,Communication Accommodation Theory,Mixed Methods,Phonetics

Variation and change in derivational vs. inflectional productivity

Similar variation and change occur in both derivational and inflectional productivity, supporting the hypothesis of a cline between D & I; hence measures of syntheticity should include derivation.