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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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

Analysis of syntactic /grammatical complexity measures in academic and non-academic discourse

My current research is about the analysis of syntactic/ grammatical complexity measures in academic and non-academic discourses using corpus linguistics methodologies and techniques.

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  • Expires after: 01-01-2080
  • Keywords: Syntactic Complexity,Syntactic Complexity Measures,Academic Writing,First And Second Language Acquisition,Complexity,Corpus Linguistics,Grammar Writing,Syntax,Statistical Methods Of Syntactic Analysis

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.

English historical syntax, in relation to Information Structure and Discourse.


When the verb does and doesn't come second.

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  • Expires after: 01-07-2028
  • Keywords: Syntax,Historical Linguistics,Corpus Linguistics,Old English,Middle English,Historical Syntax,Grammar

Null subjects

Is the subject expressed, or not?

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  • Expires after: 01-07-2028
  • Keywords: Syntax,Corpus Linguistics,Historical Linguistics,Old English,Historical Syntax,Grammar

Have a bite, have a bash, have a taste and a smell : a study of atypical light verb constructions in Modern and Contemporary English

PhD thesis

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  • Expires after: 31-12-2027
  • Keywords: Light Verb Constructions,Semantics,Syntax,Construction Grammar,Analogy,Historical Linguistics

Recent change

Explaining a recent use of so in spoken British English, namely as a discourse marker conveying acceptance of an invitation to take the floor and give an explanation.

Uses of the auxiliary be in The Mary Hamilton Papers (with Tino Oudesluijs)

BE is the auxiliary undergoing most change in the second half of the 18th century. Among structures of interest are the passival, the progressive in main clauses, untensed use of BE as semi-modal.

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.

Constructionalizing Conversation: Collaborative Insubordination in English Language Podcasts

My PhD explores language use in podcasts through the lens of Interactional Construction Grammar.

  • Expires after: 26-09-2024
  • Keywords: Construction Grammar,Conversation Analysis,Insubordination,Pragmatics,Syntax,Spoken Language

Unlocking the Mary Hamilton Papers

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

Language Mixing in Medieval England

The project investigates language mixing in historical documents from medieval England. Its results contribute mainly to syntaxctic theory, comparative hsitorical linguistics and digital humanities

Diachronic morphosyntax of English

I am particularly interested in investigating the relationship between loss of inflection and syntactic change in English.