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Recent research grants at the Department of Linguistics

The semantics of definite descriptions

£44,110 was awarded from the Leverhulme Trust to Paul Elbourne to investigate the meaning of the word 'the' and related issues. September 2010-July 2011.

 

Atomic Linguistic Elements of Phi

£330,000 was awarded from the AHRC to David Adger and Daniel Harbour to investigate the features that underly person and number systems.

 

Intonation patterns in British and Dutch radio news broadcasts

£6,992 was awarded from the British Academy to Colleen Cotter and co-investigators Carlos Gussenhoven (Queen Mary, University of London and Radboud University Nijmegen) and Hans Van de Velde (Utrecht University) to develop a corpus from which to investigate the ways in which intonation patterns in radio news broadcasts in British English and Netherlandic Dutch have changed over time.

 

Forms and Functions of Prosodic Structure

£45,000 to Carlos Gussenhoven from The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research to conduct an international network project on Forms and Functions of Prosodic Structure. January 2008-December 2010.

 

Multicultural London English: the emergence, acquisition and diffusion of a new variety

£721,495 to Jenny Cheshire from the Economic and Social Research Council to investigate the emergence of a new variety of English in London. October 2007-September 2010.
View Multicultural London English project page

 

Dialect development and style in a diasporic community

£412,000 to Devyani Sharma  from the Economic and Social Research Council to investigate English dialect variation and change within families of Indian origin in London. January 2008-January 2010.
View Dialect development and style in a diasporic community project page

 

The Grammar-Meaning Connection: Evidence from Scottish Gaelic

£120,000 to David Adger from the Leverhulme Trust to investigate the connection between meaning and grammar in Scottish Gaelic. September 2006-September 2009.
View The Grammar-Meaning Connection project page

 

Linguistic innovators: the English of adolescents in London

£278,996 to Jenny Cheshire from the Economic and Social Research Council to investigate linguistic innovation among adolescents in London. October 2004-September 2007.
View Linguistic innovators: the English of adolescents in London project page

 

Syntax and Information Packaging in a Polysynthetic Language

£192,000 to David Adger from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to look at information structure in Kiowa. April 2004-April 2007.
View Syntax and Information Packaging in a Polysynthetic Language project page

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