English Language & Linguistics


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Dr Sam D'Elia

Lecturer in Linguistics


Office: Cornwallis Central 102

Office Hours: Tuesday 10-11am, Friday 1.30-2.30pm


I teach on a wide range of subjects at ELL. I am employed on a Teaching and Scholarship basis which means that my focus is on facilitating and advancing students’ knowledge and access to the diverse field of Linguistics. I am passionate about nurturing an appreciation of Linguistics and the development of transferable skills learned in the classroom which can be applied in the greater context.

My main research is in the syntax of Argument Structure. I am interested in how we refer to events within the constraints of a grammar. I am particularly interested in how this is related to the way that humans process perceptual information.

My PhD (UKC, 2016) looked at a subset of English double-complement structures. The aim was to comprehensively account for their syntactic structures and to account for how contextual information can drive the linear order of their arguments.

I am also interested in how Language (yes with a capital ‘L’) can give insight as to how we as humans think – the language of thought.

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 I teach on a wide variety of ELL subjects including: 1st Language Acquisition, Language Processing, Syntax, Structure and Meaning, Morphology, Research Skills, Semantics and Pragmatics, and the History of British English

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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: 19/09/2018