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Dr Laura Bailey

Lecturer in Linguistics


Office: Rutherford W3.S2

Office Hours: By appointment


I joined ELL in 2012, just before I completed my PhD thesis on the syntax of question particles at Newcastle University. I work primarily on theoretical syntax and typology, with a focus on polar interrogatives. My PhD (2013, Newcastle University) was a cross-linguistic study of the syntax of polar question particles in the light of certain observations about the way the languages of the world are constrained. This touched on the semantics of polar questions, the syntax of disjunction and the relation between the two, and these topics are driving my current research interests. I am planning a project that extends this research to Latin, which has a different type of polar question particle. In addition, I am interested in non-standard English, including English dialects, and am currently investigating a new construction found mainly in ‘internet language’. I am also working on a number of collaborative projects. One of these explores the syntax of ‘intonation questions’ (and therefore the connection between syntax and prosody) and another the historical development of 'if' and 'whether' in English and Icelandic. This second paper relates to a claim I made in my thesis: I suggested that final polar question particles undergo reanalysis from disjunctive elements over the history of a language. I blog regularly about language and linguistics at www.linguistlaura.blogspot.co.uk.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Edited book
Bailey, L.R. et al. eds. (2010). Newcastle Working Papers in Linguistics 16. CRiLLS Newcastle University.
Janke, V. and Bailey, L. (2016). Effects of Discourse on Control. Journal of Linguistics [Online] 54:1-33. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0022226716000281.
Bailey, L. (2013). Question particles: Thai, Japanese and English. Linguistica Atlantica [Online] 32:34-51. Available at: http://journals.library.mun.ca/ojs/index.php/LA/article/view/866.
Bailey, L. (2011). Null Subjects in Northeast English. Newcastle Working Papers in Linguistics [Online] 17:23-45. Available at: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/linguistics/assets/documents/NWPLvol172011CompleteVolume.pdf.
Bailey, L. (2010). Sentential Word Order and the Syntax of Question Particles. Newcastle Working Papers in Linguistics [Online] 16:23-43. Available at: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/linguistics/research/workingpapers/.
Book section
Bailey, L. (2015). Word order and the syntax of question particles. in: Hancil, S., Haselow, A. and Post, M. eds. Final Particles. Berlin: De Gruyter, pp. 407-426. Available at: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/361470.
Total publications in KAR: 6 [See all in KAR]
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Laura Bailey teaches modules on morphology and on syntax.

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English Language & Linguistics, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 30/05/2017