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Current research grants at the Department of Linguistics

Why do people from different cultures think differently?

Devyani Sharma is co-investigator on an ESRC project (2013-2016, Alex Mesoudi PI) investigating cultural variation in thinking styles, in particular across different generations of British Bangladeshis and the White British population in East London. You can find more information here: http://www.thinkingstylesproject.com/

Syntactic Uniformity, Syntactic Diversity: syntactic building blocks and their role in determining inter- and intra- linguistic variation 

Hagit Borer has been awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for 2 years starting in October 2015 to investigate the cross linguistic consequences of the syntactic architecture she lays out in her 3 volume Structuring Sense series. 

Advancing the European Multilingual Experience (AThEME)

Linnaea Stockall, David Adger, Jenny Cheshire, Colleen Cotter and Hagit Borer, together with colleagues at 16 other European institutions have been awared a European Commission Collaborative Project Award of €4,999,990 over 5 years (2014-2019) to establish the  AThEME consortium to study bilingualism and multilingualism in Europe. Research will focus on the following four core research topics.

  1. Regional languages in Multilingual Europe: Linguistics resources in need of resourceful policies
  2. Heritage languages and language users in the EU: challenges and dilemmas of immigrant language maintenance
  3. Multilingualism and communicative impairments (e.g., dyslexia, aphasia, dementia)
  4. Being Multilingual (e.g., factors which lead to successful multilinguals, bilingual advantages in cognitive tasks)

 At QMUL, we will focus on (2) [Adger, Cheshire, Cotter] and (4) [Stockall, Borer].  

Learning about the world through generic statements: a cross-linguistic perspective

Linnaea Stockall, Napoleon Katsos (University of Cambridge) and Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga have been awarded a British Academy research grant for £9,991 over one year (2014-15) to explore how adult native speakers of two languages with distinct ways of expressing generic statements, English and Greek, process statements like 'tigers have stripes' or 'ducks lay eggs' and how young native speakers of English learn their meaning. 

Is earlier always better? Factors affecting bilingual speech perception and production

 Esther de Leeuw and Linnaea Stockall have been awarded a British Academy research grant for £9,900 over two years (2012-14) to explore perception and production of a phonotactic contrast across a range of Spanish-English bilingual speakers to examine the degree to which degree of exposure and age of exposure to a second language affect proficiency.

Multicultural London English/Multicultural Paris French

Jenny Cheshire, together with Penelope Gardner-Chloros (Birkbeck, University of London) and Françoise Gadet (Université de Paris-Ouest), has been awarded a bilateral Franco-British research award from ESRC/ANR for approximately £870,000 over four years (2010-2014) to compare developments in contemporary London English with those occurring in Paris French.

 

 

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