Language@Leeds PGR Organising Committee 2015-2016:

Emmanuel Sarfo, School of English

Emmanuel Sarfo is a lecturer of English language at the Department of English, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana. After four years of teaching, Emmanuel received full funding from Leeds International Research Scholarship in 2013 for his PhD in the School of English, University of Leeds, under the supervision of Dr. Alison Johnson of the same School. Emmanuel is currently in his second year of his PhD studies. His PhD research explores an aspect of the linguistic mechanisms of parliamentary interaction, namely, Speech Acts in Ghanaian Parliamentary Discourse. Speech acts allows him to do a multilevel analysis of parliamentary interactions: locutionary (linguistic) forms, illocutionary form (meaning of utterances) and perlocutionary form (effect of the illocutionary on the addressee). The thesis explores face, politeness and ideology at the illocutionary-perlocutionary interface in order to uncover how these theoretical underpinnings inform linguistic choices of parliamentarians specifically and parliamentary interactions generally.

Haifa Alatawi, Department of Linguistics and Phonetics, LCS

Haifa is a PhD student, conducting a psycholinguistic research project under the supervision of Dr. Catherine Davies and Dr. Cecile De Cat. Her project explores the potential effect of bilingualism on children’s semantic-pragmatic competence of quantifiers. To achieve this empirically, the study applies a battery of language and cognitive tests; and theoretically, it attempts to explain its results in the light of certain theories of language processing. Haifa hopes her research will enhance our understanding of bilingualism’s impact on children’s pragmatic and cognitive abilities.

Jack J. Wilson, Department of Linguistics and Phonetics, LCS

Jack Wilson is a PhD student in the field of pragmatics, working under the supervision of Dr Bethan Davies and Dr Catherine Davies. His research focuses on various elements of communicative behaviour which would not traditionally be considered under the rubric of linguistics, with a particular emphasis on co-speech gesture. His PhD investigates how gesture and speech are used in concert during task-oriented, dialogic conversation and in the comprehension of referring expressions. Other research projects Jack is working on relate to cross-cultural politeness phenomena, language evolution, linguistic indeterminacy, and conversation analysis. Jack has both written and reviewed for The Journal of Pragmatics.

Neveen Al Saeed, School of English

Neveen Al Saeed is an assistant lecturer at Ain Shams University, Faculty of Arts, Department of English Language and Literature. She is currently a 2nd year PhD student in the field of Forensic Linguistics working under the supervision of Dr Alison Johnson and Dr Bethan Davies. Her research explores aspects of power and resistance in police interrogations in Egypt. She investigates the different forms of politeness, resistance, identity and power used in the discourse of suspects, witnesses and interviewers.

Safiah Abu Heleyel, Department of Linguistics and Phonetics, LCS

Sandra Nickel, School of English and School of Theology and Religious studies

Sandra is a third-year PhD student in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. Her AHRC- funded project emerges from her cross-disciplinary research interests in the sociolinguistic and pragmatic study of language and research into African Christianity in religious studies. She analyses nineteenth century missionary correspondence, particularly of Church Missionary Society agents in Yorubaland (Western Nigeria), in order to provide a synthesised account of the power of language to create, reflect and interpret reality in inter-religious contact.

Her research is supervised by Dr. Kevin Ward (Theology and Religious Studies) and Dr. Alison Johnson (School of English). She graduated with a Magister Artium (equivalent of first-class honours) in English and German linguistics and Religious Studies from Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg (Germany) in 2012. She acts as seminar tutor for undergraduate students in TRS. In her research blog she thinks and writes about the intertwined nature of language(s) and religion.

Roberta Morano

Roberta is a current PhD student in the Linguistics & Phoentics Department. Supervised by Janet Watson and Diane Nelson, her research interests are in Arabic dialectal varieties spoken in Oman.

Roberta’s research project aim is to analyze, morphologically and phonologically, the Arabic dialect spoken in the al-‘Awabi districts (Northern Oman), by comparing it with the variety described by Carl Reinhardt in 1894. Most of the data will be gathered during the fieldwork.

Stefan Vollmer, School of Education

Stefan is a first year PhD Student at the University of Leeds. He has a background in Language Education and Applied Linguistics. Stefan has taught on primary, secondary and tertiary level in Germany, the UK and the US. He is particularly interested in adult ESOL education and the usage of ICTs for L2 language and literacy acquisition. He has been involved with the LESLLA (Low- educated Second Language and Literacy Acquisition) forum  and teaches ‘Pre-Entry’ ESOL classes at the St.Vincents Support Centre here in Leeds. Stefan is supervised by Dr. James Simpson and Dr. Richard Badger.


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