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Dr Amanda Patten

Lecturer in Language and Linguistics
Programme Leader English Language

Contact details:
School of Arts & Social Sciences
Northumbria University
Lipman Building, room 017
Newcastle upon Tyne
phone: +44 (0) 191 243 7292
fax: +44 (0) 191 227 3696


I was awarded a BA in English Language with Linguistics from the University of Sheffield in 2003. I then went on to complete a PGCE in English and a research preparation MA in Historical Language Studies, also at the University of Sheffield. In 2010, I obtained a PhD in English Language from the University of Edinburgh and I joined the Department of Humanities at Northumbria University later that year.

Teaching Interests

In 2007, I held a temporary lectureship position at the University of Edinburgh. During this time, I taught English syntax at two different levels of undergraduate study and was responsible for delivering and examining an MSc course in semantics. At Northumbria University, I teach the first year module Introduction to Discourse Analysis and the second year module Language and Meaning. I also contribute to the first year modules Approaches to Language Study and Understanding English Grammar.  At postgraduate level, I teach Investigating Language for TESOL on the MA TESOL and the MA Applied Linguistics for TESOL programmes.

Research Interests

My research interests fall into the areas of historical linguistics, corpus linguistics, cognitive linguistics, semantics, pragmatics and English grammar. In my recent PhD thesis, I examined the structure and function of the English it-cleft. My research was in two parts: I analysed the syntax, semantics and pragmatics of contemporary it-clefts from within the framework of construction grammar and I undertook a diachronic study, using data from the English Parsed Corpora series.   

Postgraduate Supervision

I am happy to supervise projects in English linguistics, language change and cognitive linguistics, especially those using language corpora. 

Funding Awards 

AHRC full Doctoral Award 2005-2009

AHRB Research Preparation Masters Scheme Award 2004-2005

Affiliations and Memberships

Governing board member of the International Cognitive Linguistics Association (ICLA)

Member of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain (LAGB)

Member of the Philological Society

Selected Publications

Patten, Amanda L. (2012) The English it-cleft: A constructional account and a diachronic investigation. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton [Topics in English Linguistics TiEL 79]

Patten, Amanda L. 2012. The historical development of the it-cleft: a comparison of two different approaches. Studies in Language 36:3, 548-575 [Special issue: Theory and data in cognitive linguistics, Gisborne, Nikolas and Willem Hollmann (eds.)]. 

Gisborne, Nikolas. & Amanda L. Patten. 2011. Constructions and grammaticalization. In Bernd Heine and Heiko Narrog (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Grammaticalization. Oxford: OUP, 92-104.  

Patten, Amanda L. 2010. Grammaticalization and the it-cleft construction. In Elizabeth C. Traugott and Graeme Trousdale (eds.) Gradience, gradualness and grammaticalization. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 221-243. 


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