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Past PhD students

Read examples of research subjects undertaken by graduates in Linguistics and English Language.

  • Victoria Chapman (2017) - 'Passives and Impersonals on Evidence from Romance Dialects of Italy' (Delia Bentley and John Payne).
  • Danielle Turton (2017) - 'Variation in mancunian English: Synchronic reflections of the life cycle of phonological processes' (supervised by Maciej Baranowski, Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero and Yuni Kim).
  • Mohammed Jasim (2017) - 'Refusals of Requests and Offers in Iraqi Arabic and British English' (supervised by Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen and Yaron Matras).
  • Safiah Madkhali (2017) - 'Cognate Object Constructions in MSA' (supervised by Kersti Börjars and John Payne).
  • Laura Arman (2016) - 'The Welsh Impersonal and Passive Constructions' (supervised by Andrew Koontz-Garboden, John Payne and George Walkden).
  • Cheryl Holden (2016) - 'The Discourse of Persuasion in British Workplaces' (supervised by Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen and Iris Bachmann).
  • Julia Kolkmann (2016) - 'Inferential Mechanisms in the Interpretation of the S-Genitive in English' (supervised by John Payne and Martina Faller).
  • Ying Fan (2016) - 'Complex Predicates in Mandarin and Southern Min' (supervised by John Payne and Eva Schultze-Berndt).
  • Ayumi Shimoyoshi (visiting PhD student) - 'Psych Predicates in Spanish and Japanese' (supervised by Andrew Koontz-Garboden).
  • Piia Taremaa (visiting PhD student) - 'Motion Verbs and Constructions in Estonian' (supervised by Eva Schultze-Berndt).
  • Michaela Hejná (2015) - 'Pre-aspiration in Welsh English and its Implications for Approaches to Variation' (supervised by Yuni Kim, Maciej Baranowski and Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero).
  • Pauline Harries (2015) - 'The History and Current Distribution of the Genitive in Insular Scandinavian' (supervised by Kersti Börjars and David Denison).
  • Fatemah Mahsain (2015) - 'The Status of Single Foreign Origin Words in Kuwaiti Arabic' (supervised by Yaron Matras and Maciej Baranowski).
  • Essa Salem (2015) - 'Lexical Borrowing from English into Arabic in the Age of Globalisation' (supervised by Yaron Matras and Eva Schultze-Berndt).
  • Aurélie Cauchard (2015) - 'Spatial Expression in Grammar and Discourse in Caac, an Endangered Language of New Caledonia' (supervised by Eva Schultze-Berndt and Isabelle Bril (CNRS, Paris, France)).
  • Farah Nazir (2015) - 'Syntactic and Semantic Properties of Light Verb Constructions in Potwari' (Mirpuri) (supervised by John Payne and Andrew Koontz-Garboden).
  • Nadiia Denhovska (2014) - 'The Role of Frequency in Implicit Learning of a Second Language' (supervised by John Payne and Ludovica Serratrice).
  • James Brookes (2014) - 'The Probabilistic and Multivariate Nature of Latin Grammatical Variation: The Choice Between factus est and est factus' (supervised by John Payne and David Langslow).
  • James Murphy (2014) - 'Exploring the Pragmatics of Apologies in Political Discourse' (supervised by Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen and Erik Schleef).
  • Danielle Turton (2014) - 'Variation in English /l/: Synchronic Reflections of the Life Cycle of Phonological Processes' (supervised by Maciej Baranowski, Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero and Yuni Kim).
  • D. Viktor Leggio (2013) - 'Language and Identity of a Diasporic Romani Community on the Internet' (supervised by Yaron Matras and Adi Kuntsman in Social Sciences). Currently Postdoctoral Researcher in a project on the Immigration of Romanian Roma to Western Europe at The University of Manchester.
  • Jonathan Morris (2013) - 'Phonetic Variation in the Repertoire of Welsh-English Bilinguals' (supervised by Maciej Baranowski, Yuni Kim and Yaron Matras). Currently Postdoctoral Researcher in a project on the acquisition of Welsh as a second language at Cardiff University.
  • Latifa Shamsan (2012) - 'A Cross-Cultural Study of Bahraini Idioms Comprehension' (supervised by Dr Paul Bennett and Dr Martina Faller).
  • Michael Ramsammy (2012) - 'The Realisation of Coda Nasals in Spanish' (supervised by Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero and Yuni Kim). Currently Lecturer in Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh.
  • Marije van Hattum (2012) - 'Irish English Modal Verbs from the 14th to the 20th Centuries' (supervised by David Denison and Nuria Yañez-Bouza). Currently Lecturer in English Language at Liverpool Hope University.
  • Francesco Casti (2012) - 'Testing the Interclausal Relations Hierarchy: Aspectual and Modal Periphrases in Modern Sardinian' (supervised by Delia Bentley and Martina Faller).
  • Patrycja Strycharczuk (2012) - 'Phonetics-Phonology Interactions in Pre-Sonorant Voicing' (supervised by Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero and Yuni Kim). Currently Postdoctoral Researcher on a British Academy Fellowship at the Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language (CASL) Research Centre, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.
  • Mohamed Fatih Othman (2012) - 'Arabic diglossia in a migrant community' (supervised by Yaron Matras and Erik Schleef).
  • Siavash Rafiee Rad (2012) - 'The semantics and syntax of verbal anaphora in Persian' (supervised by John Payne and Martina Faller). Currently Persian Language Lector at The University of Manchester.
  • Dorothea Hoffmann (2012) - 'Descriptions of motion and travel in Jaminjung and Kriol' (supervised by Eva Schultze-Berndt and Andrew Koontz-Garboden). Currently Postdoctoral Researcher on an Endangered Language Documentation Programme fellowship at the University of Chicago, USA.
  • Samuel Atintono (2012) - 'A Typological Study of Postural Semantics in Gurene' (supervised by Martina Faller and Andrew Koontz-Garboden).
  • Ebtesam Alothman (2012) - 'An Investigation of Synchronous Computer-Mediated Communication Among Arab Users of Internet' (supervised by Yaron Matras and Erik Schleef).
  • Timothy Feist (2011) - 'A Grammar of Skolt Saami' (supervised by John Payne). Currently Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Surrey Morphology Group at the University of Surrey.
  • Ayumi Miura (2011) - 'The Lexical Semantics of Middle English Impersonal Constructions, with Special Reference to Verbs of Emotion' (supervised by David Denison and Nuria Yáñez-Bouza). Currently Lecturer in the College of Foreign Studies, Kansai Gaidai University, Japan.
  • Daniel Paul (2011) - 'A Comparative Dialectal Description of Iranian Taleshi' (supervised by John Payne).
  • Francesco Ciconte (2010) - 'Existential Constructions in the Early Italo-Romance Vernaculars' (supervised by Delia Bentley and Nigel Vincent). Currently postdoctoral researcher in Linguistics at The University of Manchester.
  • Candide Simard (2010) - 'The Intonation Contours of Jaminjung, an Australian Language' (supervised by Eva Schultze-Berndt and Yi Xu at University College London). Currently Postdoctoral Researcher and Senior Teaching Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.
  • Aurélie Joubert (2010) - 'A Comparative Study of Evolution of Prestige Formation and of Speakers' Attitudes in Occitan and Catalan' (supervised by Iris Bachmann and Nigel Vincent). Currently Teaching Fellow in French at the University of Leicester.
  • Rob Drummond (2010) - 'Sociolinguistic Variation in a Second Language: The Influence of Local Accent on the Pronunciation of Non-Native English Speakers Living in Manchester' (supervised by Thea Cameron-Faulkner, Martin Barry and Maciej Baranowski). Currently Lecturer in the Department of Languages at Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • Mercy Akrofi Ansah (2009) - 'Aspects of Lete Grammar' (supervised by Kristine Hildebrandt, Martin Barry, Eva Schultze-Berndt and John Payne). Currently a Research Fellow in the Language, Literature and Drama section of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana.
  • Agnese Foresti Hai (2009) - 'Documentation of the Endangered Language Suyá' (supervised by Nigel Vincent and John Payne).
  • Christiana Themistocleous (2009) - 'Cypriot Greek in Computer-Mediated Communication' (supervised by Nigel Vincent). Currently Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and English Language at the University of Reading.
  • Elke Philburn (2009) - 'A Laryngographic Study of German Stop Glottalisation' (supervised by Martin Barry). Currently German Language teacher at the University of Salford.
  • Ashraf Abdou (2009) - 'Arabic Idioms: A Corpus-Based Study' (supervised by Paul Bennett). Currently Visiting Assistant Professor in Teaching Arabic at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.
  • Susana Afonso (2008) - 'The Family of Impersonal Constructions in European Portuguese: An Onomasiological Constructional Approach' (supervised by Nigel Vincent). Currently Lecturer in Portuguese at the University of Exeter.
  • Heveen Ali Kurdi (2008) - 'Use of Discourse Markers by Syrian Arabic Learners of English' (supervised by Yaron Matras).
  • Barbara Schrammel (2008) - 'Verb Derivational Morphology and Event Structure in Romani' (supervised by Yaron Matras). Currently Lecturer and Research Associate at the Centre for Language, Plurilinguialism and Applied Linguistics at the University of Graz, Austria.
  • Anton Tenser (2008) - 'The Northeastern Group of Romani Dialects' (supervised by Yaron Matras). Currently Researcher at the Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland.
  • Yuen (Sandy) Lo (2008) - 'Cantonese-English Code-Switching in the Manchester Chinese Immigrant Community' (supervised by Yaron Matras).
  • Sirin Tufan (2008) - 'Language Convergence in Gostivar Turkish (Macedonia)' (supervised by Yaron Matras). Currently Assistant Professor at Beykent University, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Veronica Schulman (2008) - 'A Descriptive Grammar of a Romani Dialect in Karditsa, Greece' (supervised by Yaron Matras).
  • Nuria Yáñez-Bouza (2007) - 'Preposition Stranding and Prescriptivism in English from 1500 to 1900: A Corpus-Based Approach' (supervised by David Denison). Currently Lecturer in English Language, University of Manchester.
  • Louise Mycock (2007) - 'The Typology of Constituent Questions: a Lexical-Functional Grammar Analysis of 'wh'-questions' (supervised by Nigel Vincent and Kersti Börjars). Currently Departmental Lecturer in Syntax at the University of Oxford.
  • Oliver Bond 
(2006) - 'Aspects of Eleme Verbal Morpho-Syntax' (supervised by supervised by Kersti Börjars and Dan Everett). Currently Lecturer in Linguistics in the Surrey Morphology Group at the University of Surrey.
  • Rob O'Connor (2006) - '
Information Structure in Lexical-Functional Grammar: The Discourse-Prosody Correspondence' (supervised by Kersti Börjars and Dan Everett).
  • Maryam Shabibi (2006) - 'Contact-Induced Grammatical Changes in Khuzistani Arabic' (supervised by Yaron Matras).
  • Anita Auer (2005) - 'Language Standardisation and Prescription in the Eighteenth Century: The Subjunctive in English and (Austrian) German' (supervised by Sylvia Adamson and Martin Durrell). Currently Assistant Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.
  • Francesco Goglia (2005) - 'Communicative Strategies in the Italian of Igbo-Nigerian Immigrants in Padova (Italy): A Contact Linguistic Aapproach' (supervised by Yaron Matras). Currently Senior Lecturer in Italian at the University of Exeter.
  • Victorina González-Díaz (2004) - 'The Evolution of the Comparative Degree in English: A Corpus-Based Study' (supervised by Sylvia Adamson and David Denison). Currently Senior Lecturer in English Language at the University of Liverpool.
  • Junichi Toyota (2004) - 'Diachronic Change in the Passive: Conceptual Development and Gradience' (supervised by David Denison). Currently Lecturer in Linguistics at Lund University, Sweden.
  • Katrin Hiietam (2003) - 'Definiteness and Grammatical Relations in Estonian' (supervised by Kersti Börjars). Currently director of a Translations company based in Manchester.
  • Emma Moore (2003) - 'Learning Style and Identity: A Sociolinguistic Analysis of a Bolton High School' (supervised by David Denison and Richard Hogg). Currently Senior Lecturer in Sociolinguistics at the University of Sheffield.
  • Willem Hollmann (2003) - 'Synchrony and Siachrony of English Periphrastic Causatives: A Cognitive Perspective' (supervised by David Denison and William Croft). Currently Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at Lancaster University.
  • Stefania Tufi (2003) - 'Auxiliary Alternation in the Dialects of Castelli Romani' (supervised by Delia Bentley and Nigel Vincent). Currently Lecturer in Cultures, Languages and Area Studies at the University of Liverpool.
  • Sandra Paoli (2003) - 'COMP and the Left-Periphery: Comparative Evidence from Romance' (supervised by Nigel Vincent). Currently Lecturer in Linguistics (Romance Languages) at the University of Oxford.
  • Ioanna Sitaridou (2002) - 'The Synchrony and Diachrony of Romance Infinitives with Nominative Subjects' (supervised by Nigel Vincent). Currently University Lecturer in Romance Philology, Queen's College, Cambridge University.
  • Philippa Cook (2001) - 'Coherence in German: An Information-Structural Account' (supervised by Martin Durrell). Currently Researcher in Linguistics at the Free University Berlin, Germany.
  • Petra Storjohann (2001) - 'Diachronic Comparative Lexical Field Analysis of Verbs of Locomotion from Old High German and Old English to the Present: A Paradigmatic and Syntagmatic Approach' (supervised by David Denison and Martin Durrell). Currently Researcher at the Institute for German Language (IDS), Mannheim, Germany.
  • Ephraim Aveah Nsoh (2001) - 'Lexical-Functional Syntax of the Adjective: A Morpho-Syntactic Study of the Farefare Language (Northern Ghana)' (supervised by Kersti Börjars and the University of Ghana Legon). Currently Upper West Regional Minister in Ghana.
  • Linda van Bergen (2000) - 'Pronouns and Word Order in Old English, with Particular Reference to the Indefinite Pronoun 'man'' (supervised by David Denison). Currently Lecturer in Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh.
  • Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero (1999) - 'Constraint Interaction in Language Change: Quantity in English and Germanic'.  Now a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and English Language at The University of Manchester.
  • Delia Bentley (1997) - 'The Expression of Conditionality and Futurity: Variation and Change in the Province of Palermo.' Currently a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and English Language at The University of Manchester.
  • Adam Ledgeway (1996) - currently University Senior Lecturer in Romance Philology at Cambridge University.