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Posted on April 18, 2023 by

Manchet is thrilled to report that Alina Mclellan has successfully passed her viva. This achievement crowns Alina’s nine-year presence at the University of Manchester, first as an undergraduate student (2014–18), then an MA student (2018-19), and finally a PhD candidate.

Alina’s PhD thesis, supervised by Delia Bentley and Eva Schultze-Berndt is on “Relative and cleft constructions in Kréol Rényoné”. Inspired by an extended stay on Réunion as part of Alina’s undergraduate degree, the research is on aspects of Reunion Creole grammar, and it is informed by intensive fieldwork. The analysis is couched within the framework of Role and Reference Grammar, and it clearly impressed the external examiners, Patricia Cabredo Hofherr and Robert Van Valin Jr. As clearly visible in the featured photo, those involved in the data were rather delighted.

During her time at Manchester, Alina worked as a Teaching Assistant for English Word and Sentence Structure and Study of Meaning, and she managed the Psycholinguistics Lab. She also put a lot of effort into organising several editions of the Manchester Forum in Linguistics. Manchet will be following her next steps closely, so expect to hear more!

Featured photo is from Alina’ viva celebrations. From left-to-right: Patricia Cabredo Hofherr (external examiner), Alina, Delia Bentley (supervisor) and Eva Schultze-Berndt (supervisor).