Conference papers

(NB Selected handouts/slideshows can be found at my Academia.edu page and my ResearchGate page.)

  1. 'Questions about questions'. The New Historical Linguistics and the World of Annotated Corpora, 9-13/03/15, UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil. 
  2. 'Because X: Syntactic restructuring, ellipsis, or 'internetese'?'. LAGB 2014, 04/09/2014, University of Oxford. 
  3. ‘A case of grammaticalisation: disjunction to question particle’. LAGB 2013, 31/08/13, SOAS, University of London.
  4. ‘Question particles in English (and others)’. ELL research day, 14/06/13, University of Kent.
  5. ‘Ellipsis and polar question particles’, Workshop on Ellipsis, 29/05/13, University of Edinburgh.
  6. 'Embedded yes/no questions: Reanalysis and replacement', co-authored with Joel Wallenberg & Wim van der Wurff, LAGB, 07/09/12, Salford University.
  7. 'Embedded yes/no questions: Reanalysis and replacement', co-authored with Joel Wallenberg & Wim van der Wurff, SHES 10, 22/04/12, Northumbria University.
  8. 'To be or not to be, that is the question (particle)', Engage! training session, 27/03/12, Sunderland University.
  9. '(Some) sentence-final question particles and 'or not'', Pecha Kucha night at LAGB, 09/09/11, Manchester University.
  10. ‘Null subjects in spoken North-East English’, 6th Newcastle postgraduate conference in linguistics, 07/04/11, Newcastle University.
  11. ‘Latin word order and the EPP’, CamLing, 7-8/12/10, Cambridge University.
  12. ‘Intonation questions’, co-authored with Anders Holmberg, Malgorzata Krzek, Michelle Sheehan & Mais Sulaiman, LAGB, 04/09/10, Leeds University.
  13. ‘Sentential word order and the syntax of question particles’, International conference on final particles, 28/05/10, University of Rouen.
  14. ‘The syntax of question particles: a cross-linguistic investigation’, LEL PG conference, 19/05/10, Edinburgh University.
  15. Poster presentation: ‘What was the question? The syntax of question particles: a cross-linguistic study’, HaSS 2nd year PhD poster conference, 13/05/10, Newcastle University.
  16. ‘Sentential word order and the syntax of question particles’, 5th Newcastle postgraduate conference in linguistics, 23/03/10, Newcastle University.
  17. ‘The particle problem’, co-authored with Theresa Biberauer, Anders Holmberg & Michelle Sheehan,  Workshop on FOFC, typology, processing and acquisition, 29/01/10, Cambridge University.
  18. ‘Sentence-final question particles as apparent FOFC-violators’, LAGB, 09/09/09, Edinburgh University.
  19. ‘Yes/no question particles’, HaSS 1st year PhD conference, 21/05/09, Newcastle University.


Invited talks


  1. 'Because meme: Data-mining the Twittersphere'. Hills Road VI Form English Conference, Cambridge, 01/07/15.
  2. 'Doing linguistics in the Twittersphere'. ELL Undergraduate Conference, University of Kent, 04/06/15.
  3. 'The decadence of our language is probably curable: Regeneration and progress in language change'. 'Explore' public lecture, Joseph Cowan Lifelong Learning Centre, Newcastle, 02/07/14.
  4. 'SVO and SOV word order in Latin'. Northumbria University speaker series. 17/03/14. 
  5. ‘Words around the world’. ‘Explore’ public lecture (coordinated by the Centre for Lifelong Learning, Sunderland University),  St Nicholas’ Cathedral, Newcastle, 25/04/13.
  6. ‘Questions, or not?’ LingLunch, University of Kent, 30/10/12.
  7. ‘What was the question (particle)?’, ‘Explore’ public lecture, Newcastle Arts Centre, 07/06/12.
  8. ‘Asking questions about questions’, Newcastle University postgraduate speaker series, 28/05/12.
  9. ‘Intonation questions’, with Anders Holmberg, Malgorzata Krzek, Michelle Sheehan & Mais Sulaiman, CRiLLS speaker series, 17/02/10, Newcastle University.