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Dr Joanne Close
Senior Lecturer in English Language; Programme Leader, BA English Language (Combined Honours)
BA, PhD (York), PGC Learning and Teaching HE
I joined the Department of English as a Lecturer in English Language in September 2011. Prior to this I was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds and a Research Fellow at University College London.
I completed a PhD on the syntax of the English auxiliary system in non-standard varieties of English at the University of York in 2005. I am a member of the Philological Society and ISLE (the International Society for the Linguistics of English).
I have taught on a range of English Language and Linguistics courses over the years, including research-led modules on dialect syntax and change in contemporary English. I currently teach on and/or convene:
My main research interests are in syntactic theory, the syntax of English dialects, the English auxiliary system, corpus linguistics and language change, particularly the changes taking place in present-day English.
From November 2007 to August 2009, I was Research Fellow on The changing verb phrase in present-day British English project based in the Survey of English Usage, UCL. In this project we conducted a large-scale investigation of changes in the (morpho)syntax of the spoken British English verb phrase over a period of twenty-five to thirty years (1960s-1990s) using the Diachronic Corpus of Present-Day Spoken English (DCPSE) compiled at UCL.
In 2009 I co-organised (with Bas Aarts and Geoffrey Leech) a one-day symposium as part of the third International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English (ICLCE 3). This symposium celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Survey of English Usage and was based around the theme of Current Change in the English Verb Phrase. Following the conference, I co-edited (with Bas Aarts, Geoffrey Leech and Sean Wallis) The Verb Phrase in English: Investigating Recent Language Change with Corpora which was published by Cambridge University Press in the Studies in English Language Series in spring 2013.
I have presented papers on change in contemporary English at ICEHL (the International Conference of English Historical Linguistics) and ISLE (the International Society for the Linguistics of English). I have published papers on changes in the English modal verbs and the progressive construction and I am currently working on the stative possessive construction(s) and the subjunctive.