Several members of the linguistics research group have expertise in the area of language variation and change, encompassing phonological change, syntactic change, grammaticalization (creation of grammar), lexical and semantic change, prehistory, areal linguistics, linguistic reconstruction, as well as linguistic prescriptivism and purism.
Kate Burridge continues earlier PhD research that focused on the historical development of Dutch. More recently, this research has developed two additional strands; (1) the structure and history of English and (2) grammatical change in the varieties of German spoken by the Plain Anabaptists in North America (specifically the Amish/Mennonite communities in Ontario, Canada). Related research areas also include linguistic purism and taboo as a driver of linguistic change.
Julie Bradshaw is interested in language variation and sociolinguistic aspects of language change, particularly in relation to English.
Howard Manns is interested in language variation and the role of conversational stancetaking in linguistic and social change. He is particularly interested in stance in English and Austronesian and Iranian languages.
Louisa Willoughby is interested in language variation as a marker of identities (ethnic, gendered, sexual etc) and its role in language change.
Alice Gaby is currently interested in the role of pragmatics in shaping grammatical structures, with a particular focus on the tensions between obfuscation, clarity and economy as causes of grammaticalization.
Anna Margetts has been working on morpho-syntactic and semantic change and the emergence of grammar with a focus on Oceanic languages.
Simon Musgrave conducts research on the linguistic prehistory of the area to the north of Australia, with a particular interest in the possibilities of applying computational techniques to historical linguistics.
The Linguistics Research Group comprises researchers within the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, Faculty … Continue reading Linguistics Research
Past and present HDR topics in Linguistics
Linguistics Completed Name Title Supervisor Margaret A’beckett PhD Gender assignment and word-final pronunciation in French: … Continue reading Past and present HDR topics in Linguistics
Austronesian languages and cultures (Indonesia and Oceania)
Several researchers are working in the area of Austronesian language and culture. Yacinta Kurniasih has been … Continue reading Austronesian languages and cultures (Indonesia and Oceania)
Cross-linguistic analysis of narratives
We are currently establishing a new research group initiative on the cross-linguistic analysis of narratives. … Continue reading Cross-linguistic analysis of narratives
Cultural and linguistic aspects of interpreted medical discourse
The research group has expertise in the area of medical discourse, interpreting and discourse analysis. … Continue reading Cultural and linguistic aspects of interpreted medical discourse
Documentation and analysis of endangered and other under-described languages
Several members of the research group are working in the area of documentation, description and … Continue reading Documentation and analysis of endangered and other under-described languages
Migration, language minorities and language contact
The linguistics research group has expertise in the area of sociolinguistics, bilingualism and multilingualism, language … Continue reading Migration, language minorities and language contact
Research Group Members
John Bradley Julie Bradshaw In Jung Cho Young-a Cho Marisa Cordella Carmen Dawuda Patrick Durel … Continue reading Research Group Members