School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Current and Recent Grants

Structure and interpretation in Imere

British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant
Coppe van Urk and Luisa Martí


Perception and representation of prosodic prominence in Singapore English

British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant
Adam Chong and James Sneed German (Aix-Marseille Université, Laboratoire Parole et Langage)


Permanency of L1 Attrition of Multiple Linguistic Domains in Returning Albanian Migrants from the UK and US

BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants SRG 2018
Esther de Leeuw, Enkeleida Kapia (Akademia e Studimeve Albanologjike)


Connecting cognitive biases and typological universals in syntax

Economic and Social Research Council, 2018-2020
Jennifer Culbertson (Edinburgh), David AdgerKlaus Abels (UCL)

This project will shed light on whether there are universal cognitive biases in language learning, if such biases are at play for particular phenomena, and how people's native languages affect these biases.


Accent Bias and Fair Access in Britain

Economic and Social Research Council, 2017-2019
Erez Levon, Devyani SharmaDominic Watt (York), and Christina Perry (QMUL Law)

The aim of the project is to investigate attitudes to regional accents in Britain today, and the effects that accent bias may or may not have on access to the professions among speakers of different varieties of English in the UK. Combining methods from Linguistics, Psychology, and Economics, the project will focus on the role of accent and other speech factors in people's ability to judge competence in hiring contexts, both members of the public and recruiters in law firms in London and Leeds.


The Scots Syntactic Atlas (SCOSYA)

Arts and Humanities Research Council, 2015-2019
Jennifer Smith (University of Glasgow), David Adger, Caroline Heycock (University of Edinburgh)


Advancing the European Multilingual Experience (AThEME)

European Commission Collaborative Project Award, 2014-2019
Linnaea Stockall, David Adger, Jenny Cheshire, and Hagit Borer, together with colleagues at 16 other European institutions

This grant is to establish the AThEME consortium to study bilingualism and multilingualism in Europe. Research will focus on the following four core research topics.

  1. Regional languages in Multilingual Europe: Linguistics resources in need of resourceful policies
  2. Heritage languages and language users in the EU: challenges and dilemmas of immigrant language maintenance
  3. Multilingualism and communicative impairments (e.g., dyslexia, aphasia, dementia)
  4. Being Multilingual (e.g., factors which lead to successful multilinguals, bilingual advantages in cognitive tasks)

 At QMUL, we will focus on (2) [Adger, Cheshire, Cotter] and (4) [Stockall, Borer].


Perspective and the Self in Natural Language

Marie Curie Career Integration Grant, 2014-2018
Hazel Pearson