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A corpus-based study of split words in Chinese

Split words are a type of constructions in Chinese that consist of two parts which are separable by some interposing elements, though they behave like ... Read more»

Project staff: Anna Siewierska, Jiajin Xu (Linguistics and English Language)
Keywords: Chinese, Corpus linguistics, Morphology

 

Analysis of spoken London English using corpus tools

The project uses anonymised transcripts of sociolinguistic interviews prepared as part the ESRC-project Linguistic Innovators: the English of adolesce ... Read more»

Project staff: Costas Gabrielatos, Paul Kerswill, Eivind Torgersen
Keywords: Computerised corpora, Corpus linguistic methodology, Corpus linguistics, Corpus tools, English grammar, English language, Grammar, Language variation and change, Sociolinguistics

 

Grammar of Lancashire Dialect

The project aims to investigate what makes lancashire dialect distinct from other dialects in the UK. While dialectologists have traditionally concern ... Read more»

Project staff: Willem Hollmann (Linguistics and English Language), Anna Siewierska

 

How impersonal can personal pronouns get

In this study we will focus on the morpho-syntax, the semantics and the discourse functions of pronominal and verbal non-referential 3rd person plural ... Read more»

Project staff: Anna Siewierska
Keywords: Cognitive linguistics, Language typology, Linguistics, Linguistic typology, Semantics, Spoken language corpora, Syntax, Syntax/discourse interface

 

How impersonal can personal pronouns get: a cross-linguistic study of impersonal constructions.

The project (PI: Anna Siewierska; RA: Maria Papastathi) aimed to provide sound empirical support to a proposed five-way typology of third person plura ... Read more»

Project staff: Maria Papastathi (Linguistics and English Language), Anna Siewierska
Keywords: Corpus linguistic methodology, European languages, Impersonality, Linguistics, Linguistic typology, Morphology, Semantics, Syntax/discourse interface

 

Lancashire dialect

In this project we aim to investigate what makes the Lancashire dialect distinct from other dialects in the UK. ... Read more»

Project staff: Willem Hollmann (Linguistics and English Language), Anna Siewierska

 

Lenition in 'old Scouse': a corpus study of Liverpool English plosives

Liverpool English (LE) shares many phonological characteristics with neighbouring accents, but also has a number of features which are more or less un ... Read more»

Project staff: Kevin Watson
Keywords: Phonetics, Phonology, Sociolinguistics

 

Linguistic innovators: the English of adolescents in London

This project is a study of the spoken English of London, the first to be undertaken for some time and the first taking full and explicit account of th ... Read more»

Project staff: Jenny Cheshire (external), Sue Fox (external), Paul Kerswill, Eivind Torgersen
Keywords: Adolescent, Grammar, Language variation and change, Morphology, Sociolinguistics, Sociophonetics, Syntax

 

Phonological influences on children's spelling mistakes

In this small scale research project, we aim to investigate the connection between UK children's spelling and their speech and its implications for te ... Read more»

Project staff: Uta Papen (Linguistics and English Language), Kevin Watson

 

Phonological levelling, diffusion & divergence in Liverpool and its hinterland

The project, coordinated by Dr Kevin Watson and Professor Paul Kerswill, will investigate the roles of and interaction between linguistic and non-ling ... Read more»

Project staff: Paul Kerswill, Kevin Watson
Keywords: English phonetics, Phonetics, Phonology, Sociolinguistics, Sociophonetics

 

Referential Hierarchies in Morphosyntax

This project invesigates the effects of referential hierarchies on the morpho-syntax of endangered languages in the America's, Himlayas, and Australia ... Read more»

 

Split words

The project is a corpus-based study of split words in Chinese, which has the following aims and objectives: to examine the types of interposing eleme ... Read more»

Project staff: Anna Siewierska, Richard Xiao
Keywords: Corpora and sociolinguistics/discourse, Discourse, Linguistic typology, Literacy, Morphological theory, Morphology, Pragmatic theory