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PhD alumni

Graduating Year: 2024

Kerrilyn Jackson
Email: k.l.jackson [at]
Dissertation Title: “Them without the capital get the punishment”: A rhetorical move analysis of death row final statements and their structural, grammatical, and pragmatic features.

Graduating Year: 2023

Email: p.delima [at]
Dissertation Title: Language Variation and Social Positioning in a Brazilian Terreiro

Graduating Year: 2022

Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Southampton
Email: m.c.hunt [at]
Dissertation Title: The social meaning in swearing variation.
Email: scott.lewis [at]
Dissertation Title: An Articulatory and Acoustic Investigation into Liverpool and Wirral Speech Production
Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Glasgow
Email: louis.Strange [at]
Dissertation Title: Gender and National Identity in the Linguistic Landscape of the Eighth Amendment Referendum Campaign
Research Associate at Aston University Birmingham
Email: w.yip [at]
Dissertation Title: Connecting the dots in online media: Gender representations in professional tennis

Graduating Year: 2021

Teaching Fellow (University of Lausanne) & Graduate Student (Haute École Pédagogique Vaudoise)
Email: elvis.coimbragomes [at]
Dissertation Title: Language & Normativity in Sexuality & Gender-Related Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: a Netnographic-Informed Corpus-Assisted Discourse Study
Full time faculty at School of Graduate and Professional Education, American College of Greece
Email: s.katsiveli-siachou [at]
Dissertation Title: Intersections of Sexuality and Greek National Belonging: A Conversation Analytic Approach
Elisa Passoni
Postdoctoral Fellow at QMUL
Email: e.passoni [at]
Dissertation Title: Gendered L1 Attrition and L2 Acquisition of Pitch Range in Japanese-English Sequential Bilinguals
Postdoctoral researcher at Karls Eberhard Universität Tübingen
Email: karenbeamanvslx [at]
Dissertation title: Coherence in Real–and Apparent–Time: A Sociolinguistic Variationist Investigation of Language Change in Swabia

Graduating Year: 2020

Adjunct Lecturer in Linguistics at Stockholm University
Email: nathan.young [at]
Dissertation Title: Voices from socially-stratified urban Scandinavia: Rhythmic and vocalic variation of maleStockholmers by class, ethnicity, and style
Destination: Marie Skłodowska-Curie research fellow, U. Oslo
Lecturer in Sociolinguistics at the University of Edinburgh
Email: cilbury [at]
Dissertation Title: Beyond the Offline: Social Media and the Social Meaning of Variation
Aleksandr Kalinin
Email: a.kalinin [at]
Dissertation Title: Gapping and its Mechanisms

Mame Nikabs
Email: m.nikabs [at]
Dissertation Title: Gifts or Bribes: Discourses of Informal Payments in the Ghanian Media
Tom Rausch
Communication Expert at the Ministry of Health in Luxemburg
Email: t.rausch [at]
Dissertation title: Discursive Construction of Identity and Risk in a Pan-African Health Organization: A Linguistic Ethnography

Graduating Year: 2019

Zoe Adams
Postdoctoral Researcher at QMUL
Email: z.k.adams [at]
Dissertation Title: The Persuasiveness of British accents: Enhancing Parental Self-Efficacy to Manage Children's Oral Health Behaviour
Assistant Professor at University of Petra
Email: m.alhailawani [at]
Dissertation Title: Nominal Structure and Ellipsis in Jordanian Arabic
Senior Researcher at NatCen Social Research
Email: shivonne.gates [at]
Dissertation Title: Language variation and ethnicity in a multicultural East London secondary school
Destination: Impact and Evaluation Lead, Frontline

Melisa Rinaldi
Academic Developer at University of East London
Email: m.g.rinaldi [at]
Dissertation Title: Bare Singulars and So-Called Bare Singulars
Danniella Samos
Linguist at Semantic Search
Email: d.samos [at]
Dissertation Title: The 'War on the Obesity Epidemic' : Metaphorical framings of obesity in different text types

Graduating Year: 2018

Panpan Yao
Postdocotoral fellow at the Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Science
Email: p.yao [at]
Dissertation Title: The on-line processing and anticipation building on Natives Mandarin speakers and late Dutch-Mandarin learners
Postdoctoral research associate at the University of Nottingham
Email: hui.zhao1 [at]
Dissertation Title: Language variation and social identity in Beijing
Chen Wang
Email: [at]
Dissertation Title: The Syntax of Le in Mandarin Chinese

Graduating Year: 2017

Reem Alkhammash
Assistant professor at Taif University
Email: r.alkamash [at]
Dissertation Title: Metaphors of National Reform: the Press Discourse of Female Journalists on Women's Work in Saudi Arabia
Anne Beshears
Email: a.beshears [at]
Dissertation Title: The demonstrative nature of the Hindi/Marwari correlative.
Tom Stanton
Pension Administrator at XPS Pensions Group
Dissertation Title: One, Noun Structure, and Modification.

Graduating Year: 2016

Lecturer in Linguistics at QMUL
Email: d.t.hall [at]
Dissertation Title: Spelling Out the Noun Phrase: Interpretation, Word Order, and the Problem of 'Meaningless Movement'.
Hong Liu
Email: h.liu [at]
Dissertation Title: English in the Chinese discourse of Chinese professionals in London: Register and social factors.    
Lecturer in Linguistics at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Email: pavadee.sai [at]
Dissertation Title: Male femininity in Thai among men who identify with non-normative male roles.

Graduating Year: 2015

Fangfang Niu
Data Scientist at Credit Suisse
Email: f.niu [at]
Dissertation Title: Nominal possession in Mandarin Chinese.
John Weston
University teacher of Academic English at Aalto University
Email: j.weston [at]
Dissertation Title: The Linguistic Construction of Epistemological Difference 

Graduating Year: 2014

Researcher Development Adviser at QMUL
Email: f.panayidou [at]
Dissertation Title: (In)flexibility in Adjective Ordering
Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London
Email: a.lyons [at]
Dissertation Title: Self-presentation and self-positioning in text-messages: Embedded multimodality, deixis, and reference frame
Destination: Reader in Applied Linguistics and Multimodality, QMUL

Graduating Year: 2013

Barbara Clark
Founder and linguistics consultant at
Email: info [at]
Dissertation Title: Safety Talk and Service Culture: Flight Attendant Discourse in Commercial Aviation.
Phillipa Law
Social Media & UGC Editor at the Associated Press
Email: mail [at]
Dissertation Title: Audiences' willingness to participate in Welsh-language media.
Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at Birkbeck University of London 
Email: r.vessey [at]
Dissertation Title: Language ideologies and discourses of national identity in Canadian newspapers: a cross-linguistic corpus-assisted discourse study.

Graduating Year: 2012

Rusudan Amirejibi-Mullen
Dissertation Title: Language policy and national identity in Georgia.
Simone Curzio Bacchini   
Dissertation Title: Telling pain: a study of the linguistic encoding of the experiences of chronic pain and illness through the lexicogrammar of Italian.
Software Engineer at Makers Academy
Dissertation Title: Towards a unified analysis of the syntax and semantics of get constructions.
Enrico Chessa
Dissertation Title: Another case of language death? The intergenerational transmission of Catalan in Alghero.
Issa M. M. Abdel Razaq
Dissertation Title: Who is What and What is Who: The Morpho-syntax of Arabic WH.
Maneenun Rhurakvit
Dissertation Title: Complaints in Thai and English: an interlanguage pragmatic study.

Graduating Year: 2011

Associate Professor at Al al-Bayt University
Dissertation Title: A linguistic study of Islamic religious discourse: conceptual metaphors in the prophetic tradition.
Senior Lecturer at University of Brighton
Dissertation Title: Discourses of desire: the normative in online sex talk.     
Lecturer in French at the Open University 
Email: maria.secova [at]
Dissertation Title: Discourse-pragmatic features of spoken French: analysis and pedagogical implications

Graduating Year: 2010

Nada Al-Gharabally
Associate Professor of English at The Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, Kuwait 
Dissertation Title: Two cultures, one room: investigating language and gender in Kuwait
Teaching Fellow in Italian Language at University of Reading
Email: c.ciarlo [at]
Dissertation Title: Subject clitic variation in a northern Italian dialect.
Researcher at Mercator / Fryske Akademy
Email: rkircher [at]
Dissertation Title: Language attitudes in Quebec: A contemporary perspective

Graduating Year: 2007

Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Hong Kong University
Email: jorman [at]
Dissertation Title: Language policy and nation-building in post-apartheid South Africa.
Stephen Levey
Associate Professor, University of Ottawa 
Email: slevey [at]
Dissertation Title: The Next Generation: Aspects of Grammatical Variation in the Speech of some London Preadolescents
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