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Postgraduate study in TAL

Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics


PhD Students in the Section

Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages

Current Research Students


Name Research Topic Contact details Supervisor
Hanna Danbolt Ajer Adpositions in the Uralic language Lule Sámi - an investigation of the distribution of ambipositions Dr Theresa Biberauer
Dimitrios Alikaniotis Computational Models of Implicit Language Learning Dr John Williams
James Baker Split/fluid-S case and agreement systems Professor Ian Roberts, and Dr Michelle Sheehan
Rowena Bermingham Motion Events in British Sign Language: Native and Non-native Descriptions Dr Henriette Hendriks
Giulia Bovolenta Implicit learning and production Dr John Williams
Kerri-Ann Butcher A Sociophonological Approach to Understanding Language Variation in Suffolk Dr Bert Vaux
Rodanthi Christofaki Expressing the Self: Cultural Diversity and Cognitive Universals Professor Ianthi Tsimpli
Costanza Conforti Rumour Mill: measuring the veracity of rumours in the social media (in collaboration with DREAM - CDT in Data, Risk and Environmental Analytical Methods) Dr Nigel Collier
Gamal Crichton LION - Literature-based discovery for cancer biology Professor Anna Korhonen and Dr Nigel Collier
Sarah Crockford Multilingualism and cognition: what are the implications for autism spectrum conditions? Dr Napoleon Katsos
Harald Flohr Historical development of Irish phrasal verbs: The Irish verbs coinnigh/coimeád Dr David Willis and Dr Máire Ni Mhaonaigh
Milan Gritta Understanding the significance of adverse health event reports using distributed semantic models Dr Nigel Collier and Professor Anna Korhonen
Anna Hollingsworth Discourse-configurationality in Finnish and Japanese and its repercussions to the Minimalist architecture of syntax Dr Theresa Biberauer
Katie Howard The school experiences of bilingual children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder Dr Napoleon Katsos
Yan Huang Computational Linguistic Techniques for Exploring L1 effects in SLA Professor Anna Korhonen
Anna Jespersen The perception of sociophonetic identity markers in Sydney Aboriginal English Dr Bert Vaux
Drasko Kascelan Investigation of Bilingualism in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Connection to Pragmatics and Executive Functions Dr Napoleon Katsos
Maria Kunevich L1 effects on learner grammar development: the interactions between grammar and information structure Dr Dora Alexopoulou
Geraldine S.C. Kwek Innovations in the realisation and phonotactics of /r/ in Singapore Englishes Professor Francis Nolan
Cherry Chit-Yu Lam Negation and Aspects: a comparative study of Mandarin, Hong Kong Cantonese, and Gaozhou Cantonese Professor Ian Roberts and Dr David Willis
Yang Li Fuzhou tone Sandhi Professor Francis Nolan
Isabelle Lorge Construction of the lexicon in bilingual and monolingual infants Dr Napoleon Katsos
Ruijun Melody Ma Investigating childhood bilingualism and cross-linguistic influence: A case study of the developmental pattern of Mandarin-English bilingual children's morphs-syntax acquisition Professor Ianthi Tsimpli
Olga Majewska Verb classification for Polish Professor Anna Korhonen
Oliver Mayeux Language change in Louisiana Creole Professor Mari Jones
Nicolaos Neocleous Headedness in Romeyka: Continuity, Contact and Change in the Hellenic varieties of Pontus Dr Ioanna Sitaridou
Li Nguyen The intertwinement between language, cognition, and cultural development in children’s understanding of kinship terms: Evidence from English and Vietnamese young speakers Dr Henriette Hendriks
Athina Ntalli Child L2 Acquisition Dr Henriette Hendriks
Carla Pastorino Campos Exercise and language learning Dr John Williams
Edoardo Ponti Network Analysis of Linguistic Events and their Relations Professor Anna Korhonen
Victor Prokhorov Inducing Semantic Embeddings for Unseen Words with Artificial Neural Networks Dr Nigel Collier
Afra Pujol i Campeny Old Catalan and Old Occitan word order Dr Ioanna Sitaridou
Kateryna Pylypenko L1 feature assembly effects on ‘difficult’ language features acquisition in L2 English Dr Dora Alexopoulou
Connor Quinn The neural basis of adult second language learning: how instructional methods and behavioural outcomes relate to neural representations of words Dr John Williams and Dr Matt Davis
Abhimanyu Sharma Language Policy and Planning in the European Union and India Professor Wendy Bennett
Curtis Sharma Interactions of Bilingualism and ADHD Dr Napoleon Katsos
Samantha Sie The role of Manglish in the acquisition of English as a second language in Malaysia Professor Ianthi Tsimpli
Julio Song Flexibility of Syntactic Categories: a Cross-Linguistic Study Professor Ian Roberts
Alim Tusun The expression of motion events in Uyghur-Chinese child bilinguals Dr Henriette Hendriks
Lydia Viñals-Castonguay The neural basis of adult second language learning: how instructional methods and behavioural outcomes relate to neural representations of words Dr John Williams and Dr Matt Davis
Elspeth Wilson Mutual exclusivity in word learning and pragmatic inferencing of quantity implicature Dr Napoleon Katsos
Mengying Chris Xia The Acquisition of Metaphorical Expressions by L2 English Learners Dr Henriette Hendriks
Kayeon Yoo Domain-initial strengthening effects in Korean Professor Francis Nolan
Yi Zhu LEXICAL Project Professor Anna Korhonen


Recent Research Students

Name Research Topic Supervisor
Kyriakos Antoniou The Effects of Childhood Bilingualism and Bilectalism on Executive control and Implicature Understanding Dr Napoleon Katsos
András Bárány The morphosyntactic realisation of prominent direct objects across languages Professor Ian Roberts, Dr Theresa Biberauer and Dr Michelle Sheehan
Tim Bazalgette Discourse Macroparameters and the Borer-Chomsky Conjecture Professor Ian Roberts, Dr Theresa Biberauer and Dr Jenneke Van der Wal
Alison Biggs Interpretable Case and Parameters of Voice Professor Ian Roberts, Dr Michelle Sheehan and Dr Theresa Biberauer
Christian Bentz Quantitative models of language change: How learner populations shape language structures over time Dr Paula Buttery and Dr Edward Briscoe
Tam Blaxter Variation and change in Old and Middle Norwegian Dr David Willis
Jessica Brown Aspect, Adjunction and syntactic generalisation in Germanic Dr David Willis
Ricky Chan Tonal Information in Forensic Speaker Comparison Professor Francis Nolan
Alice Corr Ibero-Romance at the syntax-pragmatics interface: the clause and beyond Professor Adam Ledgeway
Peter Crosthwaite Differences between the coherence of L2 English learner production and English native speakers: an empirical study Dr Henriette Hendriks
James Douglas Relativization strategies: formal and functional approaches to their typology and distribution Professor Ian Roberts
Alison Edwards This English is too English Dr Henriette Hendriks
Chi-Hé Elder The semantics and pragmatics of conditionals Professor Kasia Jaszczolt
Helen Engemann The expression of caused and voluntary motion in bilingual child acquisition of English and French Dr Henriette Hendriks
Yvonne Flory The influence of head and body postures on the speech signal Professor Francis Nolan
Calbert Graham The phonetics and phonology of late bilingual prosodic acquisition: a cross-linguistic investigation Dr Brechtje Post
Yufan Guo Automatic discovery of textual information structure Professor Anna Korhonen
Ena Hodzik Anticipation during simultaneous interpretation Dr John Williams
Georg Höhn Nominal structure, null arguments and conditions on the exponence of functional morphology Professor Ian Roberts, Dr Michelle Sheehan and Dr Theresa Biberauer
Fang-Yen Amy Hsieh The comparison of relative clause acquisition by L2 learners of Chinese and L2 learners of English Dr Teresa Parodi
Xuhui Hu The Syntax of Resultatives: An Interface-based Approach Professor Ian Roberts
Minyao Huang Vagueness and modality, with reference to English and Chinese Professor Kasia Jaszczolt
Marius Jøhndal Nonfiniteness in Latin Dr David Willis
Eleni Kapogianni Irony and the literal versus nonliteral distinction Professor Kasia Jaszczolt
Michael Keane Linear Modal Scales Professor Kasia Jaszczolt
Aike Li L2 rhythm development by Mandarin Chinese learners of English Dr Brechtje Post
Moreno Mitrovic Diachronic Syntax Coordination in Indo-European Professor Ian Roberts
Iain Mobbs Minimalism and the Design of the Language Faculty Professor Ian Roberts and Dr Theresa Biberauer
Akira Murakami Transfer effects in the L2 acquisition of English grammatical morphemes Dr Dora Alexopoulou
Theoni Neokleous The L1 acquisition of Cypriot Greek pronominal clitics Dr Teresa Parodi
Albertyna Paciorek Implicit learning of word meaning Dr John Williams
Elena Pala Revitalisation of Sardinian: corpus and status planning Professor Mari Jones
Joseph Perry Tone and the Phonological Word in Gyalsumdo, a Tibetan Language of Nepal Dr Bert Vaux
Marco Piccolino Boniforti Models of human speech perception Professor Sarah Hawkins
Eleni Savva Incomplete utterances from a contextualist perspective Professor Kasia Jaszczolt
Luca Sbordone Default meanings and the semantics/pragmatics distinctions Professor Kasia Jaszczolt
Elaine Schmidt The acquisition of prosody in Spanish-English bilingual children Dr Brechtje Post
Roberto Sileo Linguistic Im/politeness Professor Kasia Jaszczolt
Jessica Soltys Off-record indirectness Dr Napoleon Katsos
Yan Tao Implicit learning of linguistic and non-linguistic sequences Dr John Williams
Norbert Vanek Cross-linguistic perspectives on temporality and event construal Dr Henriette Hendriks
Chris Veysey Investigating metrics of complexity and their ability to predict the dative alternation in Modern and Historical Englishes Dr John Williams
Nikola Vukovic Sensory-motor processing of word meanings in a bilingual framework Dr John Williams
George Walkden Syntactic Reconstruction and Proto-Germanic Dr David Willis
Olivia Walsh Language, National Identity and Linguistic Purism in the major French-speaking countries Professor Wendy Bennett
Jeffrey Watamull Mathematical Principles of the Language Faculty Professor Ian Roberts
Samuel Wolfe Word Order in Medieval Romance: A Comparative Study Professor Adam Ledgeway


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2 March 2018

A new research project funded by a Cambridge Humanities Research Grant is launched in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. Rethinking Being Gricean: New Challenges for Metapragmatics is led by Professor Kasia Jaszczolt with Dr Roberto Sileo as Research Associate. The project runs until 31 July 2018. You can read more about...