Welcome to new PGR students

Posted on October 4, 2021 by

We have a number of new PGR students joining us this year at LEL. You can learn more about them below, and you can look forward to Manchet reporting about their scientific adventures. Welcome!

I undertook a BA in English Language and Literature at the University of Barcelona, where I am from. I did my Erasmus year at UoM and stayed for my MA Linguistics. I am particularly interested in syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. I am starting my PhD at UoM, where I will investigate the differences of the syntax-discourse interface in Catalan and Spanish. In my spare time I like takingphotos, reading, and going to the theatre or cinema. 

Nùria Barrios Jurado

Nùria will be supervised by Delia and Julio.

I am from Sunderland in the North East of England, and studied French and Linguistics at UoM for my Bachelors. I stayed at Manchester for my MA Linguistics and in 2021 I am starting my PhD, where I will explore individual differences in language and what these differences mean for cognitive and forensic linguistics. In my free time I like to play and watch football, listen to music and I also do some gaming. I am also tentatively learning how to skateboard! You can follow me on Twitter at @mclanguagestuff.

Michael Cameron

Michael will be supervised by Andrea and Andrew Stewart (Psychology)

I completed my BA in Linguistics & Chinese at UoM in 2020, and spent a year studying at Tsinghua University in Beijing as part of my UoM studies. I have just handed in my MA dissertation on apprehensional-epistemic markers in Mandarin. I am interested in apprehensive constructions in Mandarin more generally and this is the focus of my project. I am also interested in classifiers in Chinese, in particular verbal classifiers. I have been a student at UoM for 5 years now and I am really excited to start the PhD. 

Vanessa Fung

Vanessa will be supervised by Eva and Martina

I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Leeds. Following a period as a language teacher and a research assistant, I came to Manchester in 2020 to complete an MA in Linguistics. My research interests predominantly lie in sentence processing. My PhD project aims to determine whether there are processing reflexes of some of the hypothesised movement operations that can be found in the syntax and semantics literature. Beyond academia, I enjoy playing and listening to music and can often be found at the allotment.

Paul Stott

Paul will be supervised by Vera and Andrew Stewart

I was born and raised in a small town on the Sorrento coast, in Italy, and I graduated from the University of Naples “L’Orientale”, where I majored in English and Italian linguistics. Having grown up in a fully bilingual environment, I have always had a profound interest in all aspects of language, especially language acquisition. With my PhD project, I aim to investigate the acquisition of split intransitivity by testing the effect of exposure to a dialect with nonstandard auxiliary selection in early and late English-Italian bilinguals.

Elizabeth Tobyn

Elizabeth’s supervisors are Delia and Andrea.