School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Joel Wallenberg

Lecturer in Language Change (Linguistics and Eng Lang)


My surgery/consultation and feedback (office) hours for Semester 1, 2019-2020 are:

Wed 14:00-15:00

Thursday 11:00-12:00

Thursday 13:00-14:00

Please note that Monday is my dedicated research day.



My research interests, in very short form, are the following:


The theory of language change, with particular emphasis on the quantitative study of morphosyntactic change and the relationship between language acquisition and change; syntactic variation and change in Germanic; the place of variation in the grammar, and the neuroscientific implications; language and gender, and the biological component of continuous gender identity.

Also: syntactic theory in general, especially scrambling and linearization.  I am also generally interested in showing how quantitative and sociolinguistic studies of variation and change bear on issues of linguistic theory.


**Please see the list of downloadable paper and presentations on my PERSONAL WEBSITE's Research page:**


SEL1007 Nature of Language

SEL2212 Topics in the History of English

SEL3046 Topics in Comparative Syntax 

SEL8116 English Sentence Structure (general introduction to generative syntax)

SEL8028 Issues in Syntax 

SEL8500 Research Methods in Language and Linguistics