Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am particularly interested in supervising MA and PhD research in the areas of:

Historical linguistics and language change
Construction grammar and the relationship between form and meaning
Information packaging constructions and other specialised linguistic patterns
Pattern Grammar and the relationship between words and grammar


Research activity per year

Personal profile

Research interests

I am interested in the structure and function of English grammatical constructions, and how they change over time. 

Much of my work has focused on English information packaging constructions. In my 2012 monograph, I examined the development of the English it-cleft from a constructional perspective. My current research in this area is on the topic of copular constructions and inversion sentences.


I joined the Department of English Language and Linguistics in 2016. Prior to this, I was a Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at Northumbria University.


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