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Current research grants at the Department of Linguistics

Accent Bias and Fair Access in Britain

Economic and Social Research Council, 2017-2019

Erez Levon, Devyani SharmaDominic Watt (York), and Ghazala Azmat (Sciences Po)

The aim of the project is to investigate attitudes to regional accents in Britain today, and the effects that accent bias may or may not have on access to the professions among speakers of different varieties of English in the UK. Combining methods from Linguistics, Psychology, and Economics, the project will focus on the role of accent and other speech factors in people's ability to judge competence in hiring contexts, both members of the public and recruiters in law firms in London and Leeds.  


The Scots Syntactic Atlas (SCOSYA)

Arts and Humanities Research Council, 2015-2019

Jennifer Smith (University of Glasgow), David Adger, Caroline Heycock (University of Edinburgh)


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

Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship, 2015-17

Hagit Borer 

This award is to investigate the cross linguistic consequences of the syntactic architecture that Professor Borer lays out in her 3 volume Structuring Sense series. 


Advancing the European Multilingual Experience (AThEME)

European Commission Collaborative Project Award, 2014-2019

Linnaea Stockall, David Adger, Jenny Cheshire, and Hagit Borer, together with colleagues at 16 other European institutions

This grant is 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].  


Perspective and the Self in Natural Language

Marie Curie Career Integration Grant, 2014-2018

Hazel Pearson

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