Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics, University of Kent

Laura's research specialism is in theoretical syntax and typology, with a focus on polar interrogatives and non-standard syntax.

Her PhD (2013, Newcastle University) was a cross-linguistic study of the syntax of polar question particles in the light of certain observations about the way the languages of the world are constrained. This touched on the semantics of polar questions, the syntax of disjunction and the relation between the two.

In addition, I am interested in the syntax of English dialects, and I am currently investigating the omission of prepositions in the varieties spoken in the southeast of England, as well as certain constructions found in ‘internetese’.

I blog regularly about language and linguistics at www.linguistlaura.blogspot.co.uk and tweet as @linguistlaura.

I am interested in supervising PhD students working in a generative syntax framework, and especially projects within the areas of non-standard syntax, questions, or comparative syntax. ​


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    Lecturer, University of Kent