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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(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

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

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

Quantitative variationist analysis

Quantitative analysis including mixed-effects modelling in R

  • Expires after: 01-01-2200
  • Keywords: Quantitative Methods,Mixed-Effects Modelling

Analysis of lexical complexity measures in academic and non-academic discourses

Analysis of different sets of lexical complexity measures including lexical density, lexical diversity/variation, lexical sophistication and lexical richness measures, methods of analysis, statistics

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  • Expires after: 01-01-2080
  • Keywords: Lexical Complexity,Lexical Complexity Measures,Complexity,Lexical Density,Lexical Diversity,Lexical Variation,Lexical Sophistication,Lexical Richness,Linguistic Complexity,Corpus Linguistics,Academic Writing,First And Second Language Acquisition,Lexicology,Statistical Methods Of Lexical Analysis

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

Variation studies

I am interested in the interface between variation studies (synchronic and diabronic) and typology, geolinguistics, and psycholinguistics

  • Expires after: 01-01-2030
  • Keywords: Synchronic Linguistics,Diachronic Linguistics,Variationist Linguistics


How can we describe language variation as a function of geographic space?

  • Expires after: 01-01-2030
  • Keywords: Dialectology,Dialectometry,Typology,Dialect Typology

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

The censorship of swearwords in standard English

I am interested in analyzing the use of curse words across sociolinguistic variations, and the motives for their censorship despite being frequently heard in oral and written standard speech.

  • Expires after: 01-04-2024
  • Keywords: Swear Words,Prescriptivism,Cognitive Sociolinguistics,Sociolinguistics,Lexicology

Register variation in the history of English

Study of lexico-grammatical features of texts in different registers

  • Expires after: 04-03-2024
  • Keywords: Register Variation,History Of English

Meow Factor

language variation in cat-related digital spaces

Phonological acquisition of variable input: bilingual children in multi-dialectal environments

My PhD project looks at variation in child-directed speech and its impact on phonological acquisition in bilingual children.

  • Expires after: 01-10-2021
  • Keywords: Phonetics,Language Acquisition,Sociolinguistics,World Englishes,Bilingualism,Variationist 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

Constraints on syntactic variation: noun phrases in early Germanic languages

The project (2017-2020) focuses on noun phrase word order in Old English, Old Norse (Old Icelandic and Old Norwegian), Old Swedish, Old High German, Old Saxon, and Gothic.

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

Abusive Language Online and Trolling

An examination of the stylistic variation in abusive language online and internet trolling using a novel form of multi-dimensional analysis for short texts.

  • Expires after: 30-09-2019
  • Keywords: Corpus Linguistics,Variation,Multidimensional Analysis

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.

The English dative alternation

My research focuses on regional variation in the probabilistic constraints that shape variation between the ditransitive and the prepositional dative across nine national varieties of English.

  • Expires after: 02-06-2018
  • Keywords: Constraints On Variation,Synchronic Linguistics,Variation,Dialectology

Genitive Alternation Across Varieties of English

This study explores the underlying constraints that shape syntactic variation in new varieties of English.