Hannah Booth

PhD Student | Department of Linguistics and English Language | University of Manchester


2015-present | PhD in Linguistics | University of Manchester

  • Thesis title: Expletives in Icelandic: a diachronic study.
  • Supervisors: Prof. Kersti Börjars; Dr. Tine Breban
  • Keywords: Generative syntax; language change; historical corpora; Icelandic; expletives; quasi-arguments.

2014-15 | MLitt Scandinavian Studies (Viking & Medieval Studies) | University of Aberdeen

  • Class awarded: Distinction
  • Thesis title: Creating Coherence: a study of Old Norse connectives.
  • Selected taught modules: Advanced Old Norse language & literature; Runic; Medieval Latin; Paleography.

2010-14 | BA (Hons) Modern & Medieval Languages | Magdalene College | University of Cambridge

  • Class awarded: I
  • Dissertation 1 title: The fate of the instrumental case in the history of German.
  • Dissertation 2 title: Low German in Scandinavia: A study of language contact in Hanseatic Bergen.
  • Selected taught modules: Germanic philology (including Old Norse, Old High German, Gothic, Old English); Old Norse language & literature; history of the German language; phonetics, phonology & morphology.

Awards & grants

  • 2015-18 Arts & Humanities Research Council Doctoral Training Award.
  • 2015-18 University of Manchester President’s Doctoral Scholar Award.
  • July 2017 AHRC Northwest Consortium Overseas Conference Grant.
  • July 2016 AHRC Northwest Consortium Student Development Grant.
  • June 2014 D.H Green Prize, Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge.
  • June 2014 Peskett Prize for Modern & Medieval Languages, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge.

Academic visits & collaborations

Additional training courses & programmes

2016 | Summer School in Modern Icelandic | University of Iceland & the Árni Magnússon Institute

  • Intensive language course in Advanced Icelandic.

2014 | International Summer School | University of Oslo     

  • Intensive language course in Advanced Norwegian.

2012-13 | Berlin Humboldt University

  • 2 semesters as an Erasmus exchange student.
  • Taught modules: Historical linguistics; Middle High German language; Modern Norwegian language; Modern Icelandic language.

Skills & Expertise

  • Syntactically annotated corpora; CorpusSearch
  • LaTeX
  • Statistics in R
  • German (fluent)
  • Icelandic (intermediate)
  • Norwegian (intermediate)
  • Medieval Scandinavian manuscripts

Membership of professional bodies

Professional service and outreach

2017 –  present | Reviewing

2016 – present | Co-organiser of the annual Manchester Forum in Linguistics | University of Manchester

  • A general linguistics conference for Early Career Researchers.

2016-17 | Teaching Assistant Representative | Department of Linguistics & English Language | University of Manchester

2016 – present | Founding member of the project ‘SkillsSwap’ | University of Manchester

  • I am part of a small entrepreneurial team of PhD students developing a new online platform to facilitate skill-sharing between postgraduate researchers.
  • Since our initial idea in early 2016, we have successfully gained funding for the project from the Manchester Doctoral College at the University of Manchester.
  • A pilot version of the website is now up and running…

2015 – present | Proofreader (freelance)

  • Proofreading of academic research output in English for non-native speakers.

2013-14 | Language Ambassador | University of Cambridge Language Centre

  • Ran events in conjunction with local schools to promote language learning amongst secondary school pupils as part of the nationwide Routes into Languages scheme.