School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Current and Recent Grants

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

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)

Syntactic Uniformity, Syntactic Diversity: syntactic building blocks and their role in determining inter- and intra- linguistic variation 

Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship, 2015-17
Hagit Borer 

This award is to investigate the cross linguistic consequences of the syntactic architecture that Professor Borer lays out in her 3 volume Structuring Sense series. 

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

Clausal Selection: Integrating Theoretical with Experimental Linguistics (ClauSe: InTEL)

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, 2015-2017
Christos Vlachos, David Adger

Why do people from different cultures think differently?

ESRC, 2013-2016
Alex Mesoudi (PI, University of Exeter), Devyani Sharma, Peter McOwan, Parvati Nair

Learning about the world through generic statements: a cross-linguistic perspective

British Academy, 2014-2015
Linnaea Stockall, Napoleon Katsos (University of Cambridge), Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga

Is earlier always better? Factors affecting bilingual speech perception and production

British Academy, 2012-2014
Esther de Leeuw, Linnaea Stockall

Multicultural London English/Multicultural Paris French

ESRC/ANR, 2010-2014
Jenny Cheshire, Penelope Gardner-Chloros (Birkbeck), Françoise Gadet (Université de Paris-Ouest)

Atomic Linguistic Elements of Phi (ALEPH)

Arts and Humanities Research Council, 2009-2013
David Adger