The 4th Newcastle Postgraduate Conference in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics 9 July 2008- Programme









Language Acquisition/Teaching

Sign Language/Gesture




Clare Wright
Newcastle University

The role of Working Memory in the process of Second Language Acquisition

Zed Sevcikova
University College London

Are handshapes in British Sign Language classifiers perceived categorically?

Christopher Plant
Newcastle University

Moving from 'things' to 'actions'




Enas El-Sadek
Newcastle University

To Repair or not to Repair: Misunderstandings and Repair in Intercultural and English as Lingua Franca Communication

Donna Lewin
University College London

Adverbial mouth gesture in British Sign Language: A case study of tongue protrusion in BSL narratives

Alexander Alexeyenko
University of Osnabrück, Germany

Dimensionality in the Semantics of Adjectives





Marilena Paraskeva
Birkbeck College

Bilingual speech in Greek-Cypriots of London:
Code-switching as the predominant feature

Agnieszka Knas
Queen Mary, University of London

 Beyond the emoticon?: A comparative study of nonverbal gestures in 
Polish and British texts-messages

Neil Myler
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
Semantically-Vacuous Variable Affix Placement in Cajamarca Quechua: Some Implications




Coffee break & poster session




Zoltán Dörnyei
University of Nottingham

Researching L2 motivation: Towards combined qualitative/quantitative paradigms






Language Acquisition

Language Variation



Caroline Cordier
Newcastle University

Tackling the study of formulaicity


John Bellamy
University of Manchester

Language attitudes in Austria and England: Comparing reactions towards high and low prestige varieties in Vienna and Manchester


Katja Hannß
University of Konstanz

Non-finite complements by multiverb constructions in Uchumataqu


Zoe Agiasophiti
Newcastle University

Combining Input Enhancement with Processing Instruction

Qi Zhang
Newcastle University

Hong Kong People’s Attitudes towards Varieties of English

Yi-An Lin
University of Cambridge

Sinitic nominal-final particles and the Final-Over-Final Constraint


Beatriz de los Arcos
The Open University

Learners’ emotions during online language learning: the examples of regret and pride

Maijie van Hattum
University of Manchester

Irish English modal verbs in the 18th and 19th centuries

Gerardo Ortega-Delgado
University College London
Phonological Access to Mexican sign Language


Coffee break


Language Acquisition





James Alistair Strang
University of York

Errors of Commission in Cantonese L1 Speakers of English


Isao Hara
Newcastle University

A Study of Phonetic characteristics of Japanese vowel sequences

Laura Coffey
University of Huddersfield

Evaluations of Masculinity in Women's Magazines



Hee-Jeong Song
University of Southampton

Second language acquisition of reflexive binding by Korean learners of English

Sharifah Raihan Syed Jaafar
Lancaster University

Malay Prefixation: Optimality Theoretic Account


Anne De Cort
University of Antwerp

What about cultural values and beauty in the world of advertising?



Yalda Kazemi
Newcastle University

Mean Length of Utterance (MLU) in typically-developing 2:6-5:6 year-old
Farsi-speaking children in Iran

Magdalena Sztencel
Newcastle University

Yers in Polish: a representational voice in the debate

Chahrazed Chouder-Mirza
The Open University

Investigating the Socio-Constructivist Dimension of Online Interactions, The Case of Synchronous Audio-Graphic Conferencing System Lyceum



Anders Holmberg
Newcastle University

Parameters in minimalist theory: The case of Scandinavian



Lisa Roberts
University of York

The Phonetics of Distress

Hui Cao
University College London

Discourse oriented Distributivity

Fu-Tsai Hsieh
University of York

Second Language Acquisition: Double-gapped Relative Clauses in Chinese

Amelia Rus
University of Paris 7 - Denis Diderot

Syntactic Representation of Tense: a Crosslinguistic Perspective (The interaction of some temporal adverbials with the VP)

Deirdre Murphy
Trinity College Dublin
"I want to sound like that": Motivation and the Ideal L2 Self in L2 pronunciation

Livy Real
Universidade Federal do Paraná- Lyon 2

URA  by Categorial Morphology