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Postgraduate Research in Linguistics

Postgraduate research is a central part of English Language and Linguistics research culture.

Our PhD students are studying a diverse range of topics linked to staff expertise. If you are interested in commencing postgraduate study, please contact Dr Robert McKenzie. You will find it helpful to browse our research pages for topics which are close to your own interests

Current Linguistics PhD Students

Name Thesis
Fatuma Abdulkader (PhD)

An investigation of Saudi EFL teachers' and learners' perceptions of implementing Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) at university level

Amina Al-Dhaif (PhD) Syrian refugees in the UK: a journey of linguistic and socio-cultural identity construction
Mumtaz Ali (PhD)

Pakistani university students' willingness to communicate in English as foreign or second Language

Qian-wen Cheng (Jenny) (PhD)

Chinese ba-constructions - a constructionist approach

Eleni Janko (PhD)

The effect of L1 literacy in the acquisition of L2 oral skills

Samawal Jarad (PhD)

Measuring implicit and explicit linguistic knowledge of gender and number agreement morphology: A comparison between foreign language and heritage language learners of Arabic

Hafez Karout (PhD)

Linguistic integration: A case study of Syrian newcomers in Northeast UK

Heng Li (PhD)

The spatial representation of time: Insights into speech, gesture and signed language

Hui-Ching Lin (Sarah) (PhD)

Prepositions in phrasal verbs - A cognitive linguistic approach to meaning constructions in the EFL context

Caroline McCullock (PhD)

Investigating the lived individual experiences of the others: international PG students’ transition to UK Higher Education

Luca Miorelli (PhD) The acquisition of syntax in Italian children: A usage-based approach.
Renshuang Song (PhD)

Building a pedagogical identity for a digital age: An investigation of cognitive concepts in teaching and education

Theng Theng Ong (PhD) Construction of tragedy news in different newspapers. A multidisciplinary study.
Lifang Wei (PhD)

A pragmatic approach to requests in undergraduate classroom interactions: A comparative study

Sylvia Spanou (PhD)

Conceptual metaphors and image schemata in Jacques Derrida’s 'Deconstruction'

Judith Taylor (PhD) Investigation into attitudes towards the varieties of English spoken in the North of England

Kingsley Ugwuanyi (PhD)

English and the construction of national identity in Nigeria: An ethnolinguistic investigation 

Vanja Vasiljevic (PhD)

The system of demonstrative pronouns in English

Completed PhD Theses

Svetoslava Antonova-Baumann (PhD): Phrases versus Compounds: Language-Specific Effects of Different Kinds of Complex Expressions on Domain Associations and Memory

Chisato Danjo (PhD)A Critical Ethnographic Inquiry into the Teachers’, Students’ and Parents’ Linguistic and Cultural Identities in a Japanese School in London

Sarah Duffy (PhD)Cognitive models for time: an empirical investigation.

Marie Jensen (PhD)Salience in language change: A socio-cognitive study of Tyneside English.

Siva Kalyan (PhD): From "Psychologically Plausible" to "Psychologically Testable": Profiling in Cognitive Grammar.

Gerrit Kotzur (PhD): A cognitive-critical examination of the construction of identity through narratives of people with disabilities. Comparisons of English and German accounts

Rachel Ramsey (PhD): The acquisition of polysemous spatial words

Intesar El Werfalli (PhD): The acquisition of English Article System by speakers of Arabic: A case of garyounis University.

Daniel White (PhD)English, and cross-cultural attitudes in China, Japan and Korea


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