English Language & Linguistics

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Dr Laura Bailey

Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics,


Office: Rutherford W3.S2

Office Hours: Thursday 12-1pm


I work primarily on theoretical syntax and typology, with a focus on polar interrogatives and non-standard syntax.

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.

In addition, I am interested in the syntax of English dialects, and I am currently investigating the omission of prepositions in the varieties spoken in the southeast of England, as well as certain constructions found in ‘internetese’.

I blog regularly about language and linguistics at www.linguistlaura.blogspot.co.uk and tweet as @linguistlaura.

I am interested in supervising PhD students working in a generative syntax framework, and especially projects within the areas of non-standard syntax, questions, or comparative syntax. ​

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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. (2017). Effects of Discourse on Control. Journal of Linguistics [Online] 53:533-565. 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.
Bailey, L.R. and Sheehan, M. eds. (2017). Order and structure in syntax I: Word order and syntactic structure. [Online]. Language Science Press. Available at: http://langsci-press.org/catalog/book/159.
Bailey, L.R. and Sheehan, M. eds. (2017). Order and structure in syntax II: Subjecthood and argument structure. [Online]. Language Science Press. Available at: http://langsci-press.org/catalog/book/115.
Total publications in KAR: 8 [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

Enquiries: +44(0)1227 823638 or email English Language & Linguistics

Last Updated: 06/02/2018