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Adam Sparrowhawk

Research project title

Decline and Loss in the History of English Grammar: Towards a Systematic Approach


Dr William van der Wurff, Dr Heike Pichler and Dr Joel Wallenberg

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Research interests

  • historical syntax
  • history of English
  • Baltic languages
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A brief outline of the research project

Failed changes in grammar and syntax have been somewhat overlooked in the study of historical linguistics and language change. This project aims to assess the processes and factors contributing to the failure of syntactic changes and the decline of grammatical constructions in the history of English, with the aim of providing broader, systematic insight into this category of language change.

Academic background

  • MA Linguistics, Newcastle University
  • BA (Hons) English Studies, Teesside University