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Prof David Denison - postgraduate opportunities

Current supervision

I have been particularly interested in supervising research projects in the syntax or semantics of English, especially if they concern change – whether the time period(s) involved are past or present.  For my other principal research interests, see the Research tab.


Current research students

Mary Begley (joint supervision with David Matthews), 'Semantic change in the lexical field of madness'. E-mail: mary dot begley at postgrad dot manchester dot ac dot uk

Pauline Harries (joint supervision with Kersti Börjars), 'The structure of the Faroese Noun Phrase'.

Henri Kauhanen (joint supervision with George Walkden and Tobias Galla), 'A Dynamical Systems model of grammaticalization and lexicalization'. E-mail: henri dot kauhanen at postgrad dot manchester dot ac dot uk

Former research students

Linda van Bergen, 'Pronouns and word order in Old English, with particular reference to the indefinite pronoun man'. PhD 2000, now published (Routledge, 2003), followed by three-year British Academy post-doctoral fellowship. Lectureship at Edinburgh.

Marije van Hattum (joint supervision with Nuria Yáñez-Bouza), 'Irish English modal verbs from the 14th to the 20th centuries'. PhD 2012. Lectureship at Liverpool Hope, followed by post-doc at Lausanne.

Willem Hollmann (joint supervision with Bill Croft), 'Synchrony and diachrony of English periphrastic causatives: a cognitive perspective'. PhD 2003. Senior lectureship at Lancaster.

Ayumi Miura (joint supervision with Nuria Yáñez-Bouza), 'Verbs of emotion and impersonals in Old and Middle English: A diachronic study in the syntax-semantics interface'. PhD 2011, now published (OUP, 2015). Post at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, followed by lectureship at Kansai Gaidai University. E-mail: amiura at kansaigaidai dot ac dot jp

Emma Moore (joint supervision with Richard Hogg), 'Learning style and identity: a sociolinguistic analysis of a high school'. PhD 2003. Senior lectureship at Sheffield.

Petra Storjohann (joint supervision with Martin Durrell), 'Diachronic comparative lexical field analysis of verbs of locomotion from Old High German and Old English to the present: a paradigmatic and syntagmatic approach'. PhD 2001, now published (Peter Lang , 2003). Post at Institut für Deutsche Sprache, Mannheim (IDS).

Junichi Toyota, 'Diachronic change in the passive: conceptual development and gradience'. PhD 2004. Post at Lund University, followed by posts at International Christian University, Tokyo, and Osaka City University.

Makoto Yamashita, 'On the history of synthetic compounds in English'. PhD 2002. Retired and back in Japan.

Nuria Yáñez Bouza, 'Preposition stranding and prescriptivism in English from 1500 to 1900: a corpus-based approach'. PhD 2007. Lectureship at Manchester / Ramón y Cajal research fellowship at Vigo.