AThEME and Queen Mary University London

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Summary of work so far

Researchers at Queen Mary University London are studying language use in large multi-lingual populations. Multilingual London English was first studied as part of a comparison between developments in contemporary English and French in London and Paris, respectively.

As part of this work, researchers recently submitted a paper on Emerging Multiethnolects in Europe (see AThEME-related outputs, below)

Other researchers are studying how English and Chinese L1 and L2 speakers process the mass/count distinction. A count noun is one which we can precede with a number, and which can occur in the singlular or the plural – for example, “I ate an apple”, “I ate three apples“. A mass noun is a noun that we can’t attach a specific number to – for example “I like money”. Researchers are currently analysing their first set of data on this topic, and planning future experiments.

AThEME-related outputs and publications

Emerging Multiethnolects in Europe (Building on work with Multilingual London English).

AThEME researchers at Queen Mary

Dr Linnaea Stockall

Senior Lecturer in Linguistics

Linnaea Stockall is Senior Lecturer in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film at
Queen Mary, University of London.

Research interests - morpho-syntax and morpho-semantics of verbs, such as how we store, process and retrieve individual words and parts of words, and how we combine those pieces to form complex utterances.

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Dr Linnaea Stockall

Dr Linnaea Stockall

Senior Lecturer in Linguistics

Professor David Adger

Professor of Linguistics

David Adger is Professor of Linguistics and Head of School of the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film.

Research interests - generative theories of syntactic patterns, and investigating the consequences of these theories, both for particular languages and, comparatively, across genetically unrelated languages.

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Professor David Adger

Professor David Adger

Professor of Linguistics

Professor Jenny Cheshire

Professor of Linguistics

Jenny Cheshire is Professor of Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London.

Research interests - sociolinguistics, especially language variation and change; language contact; conversational narrative; spoken language - especially syntactic and discourse structures.

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Professor Jenny Cheshire

Professor Jenny Cheshire

Professor of Linguistics

Dr Colleen Cotter

Reader in Media Linguistics

Colleen Cotter is a Reader in Media Linguistics at Queen Mary, University of London.

Research interests - Sociolinguistics, Discourse analysis, Ethnography of communication, News media language, Endangered and lesser-used languages, Irish (Gaelic), Language and culture, Language and identity, Public/written discourse, Language planning and policy, and Technology.

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Dr Colleen Cotter

Dr Colleen Cotter

Reader in Media Linguistics

Professor Hagit Borer

Professor of Lingusitics

Hagit Borer is Professor of Linguistics at Queen Mary, University of London.

Research interests - Comparative syntax, morpho-syntax and language acquisition.

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Professor Hagit Borer

Professor Hagit Borer

Professor of Lingusitics

Panpan Yao

PhD Candidate in Linguistics

Panpan Yao is an AThEME-funded PhD Candidate in Linguistics at Queen Mary, University of London.

Research interests - second language acquisition, comparative syntax, sentence processing, and cognitive neuroscience.

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Panpan Yao

Panpan Yao

PhD Candidate in Linguistics