Research

Expletives and Clause Structure: Syntactic Change in Icelandic (2015-18)

PhD project at the University of Manchester, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council UK

Supervisors: Prof. Kersti BörjarsDr Tine Breban

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Keywords: syntactic change; Icelandic; Lexical Functional Grammar; expletives; historical treebanks

My PhD thesis examines the historical development of the expletive það in Icelandic, from the earliest texts to the present day. This development is set against the backdrop of Icelandic clause structure, with particular attention to verb-second, information structure and the left periphery. The study combines corpus linguistic data and quantitative techniques with theoretical analysis, conducted within Lexical Functional Grammar.

 

Constraints on syntactic variation: noun phrases in early Germanic languages

I am also involved with this project which focuses on variation in noun phrase word order across early Germanic (funded by the Norwegian Research Council, 2017-20).

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