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.
- July 2014 International Summer School full scholarship, University of Oslo.
- 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
- September 2017 – present Participant in the project ‘Constraints on syntactic variation: noun phrases in early Germanic languages’.
- January – April 2014 Research support worker on the project ‘Corpus of Historical Low German’.
Additional training courses & programmes
2016 | Summer School in Modern Icelandic | University of Iceland & the Árni Magnússon Institute
- Intensive language course in Advanced Icelandic.
- Class awarded: I with distinction (9.5).
2014 | International Summer School | University of Oslo
- Intensive language course in Advanced Norwegian.
- Grade awarded: A
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 query language
- Statistics in R
- German (fluent)
- Icelandic (intermediate)
- Norwegian (intermediate)
- Medieval Scandinavian manuscripts
Membership of professional bodies
- Linguistic Association of Great Britain (LAGB)
- The Philological Society
- Forum for Germanic Language Studies (FGLS)
- Viking Society for Northern Research
Professional service and outreach
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.