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:

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

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.

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: 31-12-2022
  • Keywords: Grammar Writing,Historical Sociolinguistics,Language Attitudes,Diachronic Variation,Historical Syntax,Prescriptivism,Registers,Sociolinguistics,Standardization,Text Edition,Variationist Linguistics

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.

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.

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.

The Syntax of Negation Jibbali

This project aims to explore the syntax of negation in Jibbali, a South Arabian language spoken in Dhofar in the South of Oman.

  • Expires after: 01-07-2019
  • Keywords: Negation,Negative Particles,Constituent Negation,Sentential Negation

The Syntax of Sluicing in Omani Arabic

The study attempts to investigate the syntax of sluicing in Omani Arabic from a generative perspective.

  • Expires after: 30-05-2019
  • Keywords: Ellipsis,Sluicing,Pseudosluicing,PF Deletion,LF Copying