MA & PhD Theses

Postgraduate theses on English language topics, Department of English Language and Literature, University College London

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Aarts, B. Clauses of concession in written present-day British English: a corpus-based study. (MA, 1985)

Aarts, B. Small Clauses in English: the prepositional, nominal and adjectival types. (PhD, 1990)

Aba-Alalaa, H. The role of culture on the expression of politeness through the speech act of request: a comparison of Saudi and British speakers of English. (MA, 2009)

Abberton, E. The typology of nominal group premodification structures and their distribution in relation to a selection of contemporary English texts. (Diploma, 1967)

Ajoku, O. A. Verb patterns in English with particular reference to the verb set. (MA, 2002)

Akyol, S. An analysis of passivization, inversion and fronting in the plays from 19th, 20th, and Early 21st Century. (MA, 2009)

Almarwaey, A. An investigation of Islamic terms’ meanings in English. (MA, 2013)

Alharthi, Ahmad A. Reforming the spelling or spelling deformity. (MA, 2010)

Aljohani, S. A corpus-based study of the degree word enough. (MA, 2011)

Almeyda, F. On the promotion to subject construction in English. (MA, 1997)

Alvaro, A.M. The "Let" imperative. (MA, 1988)

Amin, I. A study of English adjectives with a special emphasis on their pre-nominal order. (MA, 2008)

Anadioutou, E. G. Personal pronouns: morphological characteristics and gender marking in Modern English. (MA, 2002)

Anthony, M.N. A taxonomy of English finite verb questions. (MA, 1974)

Antoniou, M. Phrasal and prepositional verbs: a discussion of some recent syntactic analyses. (MA, 1999)

Apostoliadis, M. A comparative study of article usage in English and Greek. (MA, 1993)

Arnardottir, L. Conditional if-sentences in written present-day British English compared with the corresponding "EF" sentences in written present-day Icelandic. (MA, 1986)

Aryan, N. Women vs. men: conscious prestige. (MA, 2012)

Atkinson, L., Male swearing habits: an investigation into the word fuck. (MA, 2015)

Augustyniak, R. The telicity of English verbs in contrast with the Slavonic languages. (MA, 2006)

Auksakyte, I. Expressing futurity in English: will, shall, and be going to. (MA, 2011)

Bald, W.D. A corpus study of the subjects and complements of to be. (MA, 1969)

Bale, S. Some observations on the use of the vocative in British English. (MA, 1975)

Balogh, I. A finer look at the middle alternation in English. (MA, 2013)

Balueva, I. Taboo and Euphemism. (MA, 2011)

Beaumont, G. A diagnostic comparison of lexicographical method in two monolingual English dictionaries (Dictionary of Contemporary English and Concise Oxford Dictionary).

Belan, A.C. The specifier node within the X-bar theory framework. (MA 1993)

Beleveti, O. Surely, certainly, indeed. (MA, 1988)

Benco, M. The role of the determiner in the English Noun Phrase: a study of three approaches. (MA, 2006)

Benyon, A.J. A study of the prosodic and paralinguistic features of a corpus of academic lectures on present-day English. (MPhil, 1969)

Berge, S. An inquiry into the notion of 'Marked Theme' in present-day English. (MA, 1977)

Bird, J. Investigating the Cohesion of Texts. (MA, 1991)

Black, M.I.S. A study of contracted forms in the English verbal group. (MA, 1970)

Blackwood, T.Y. The uses of the modal auxiliary will - a corpus-based study. (MA, 1970)

Blyleven, B. Fine-tuning language: inflectional morphology acquisition. (MA, 2012)

Boardman, G. A study of certain kinds of anacolutha in a corpus of spoken English. (MA, 1972)

Bolesova, R. How different is present-day RP English from English used as a model in English as a foreign language classrooms? An investigation into connected speech processes with reference to elision, assimilation and liasion. (MA, 2008)

Bolozsky, S. Non-finite post-modification of the nominal group head. (MA,1968)

Bordwell, C. A study of nominal groups in selected sentences of a British statute. (Diploma, 1969)

Brown, P.A. The double object construction in English ditransitive complementation. (MA, 1990)

Bugarski, R. A study of certain English prepositional oppositions. (PhD, Belgrade)

Burton-Roberts, N. A study of nominal apposition. (MA, 1972)

Buzelin, H. On the use of the deep structure concept by some translation theorists. (MA, 1997)

Cairncross. A.S. On the use of only in English. (MA, 1987)

Caldicott, A.C.E. Be going to, will and future time in written British English. (MA, 1990)

Cang, H. A semantic study on to-infinitive and -ing participle in complement clauses. (MA, 2013)

Chan Shing Pan, B. A study of syntactic and textual complexity in monologues: a corpus-based study. (MA, 2003)

Chang, K. The get-passive in English: a complex predicate analysis. (MA, 2001)

Charoensirisoonthorn, N. How and when as declarative subordinators in English. (MA, 2015)

Chatterjee, C. Conditional backshift. (MA, 2010)

Chen, C. Gender and politeness strategies: an empirical study on compliments in the media. (MA, 2013)

Chen, Y. Compliment responses: an empirical study of complimenting behaviour in ICE-GB. (MA, 2015)

Cheng, Y. T. J. Subordination in English: a corpus-based study of declarative content clauses. (MA, 2004)

Cheung Chi, A. The perception of British English intonation by native Cantonese speakers of Hong Kong. (MA, 2003)

Chiu, L. The verbal expression of modality in English. (MA, 2003)

Chu, S. Y. S. How far is prototype theory necessary in grammatical descriptions? A study focussing on English noun phrases. (MA, 2000)

Citrabongs, K. The perfect, its form and meaning: a study based on the corpus of present-day English. (MA, 1972)

Collinson, J. How fixed are idioms? An investigation into the classification of idioms and the influences on their structural and lexical fixedness. (MA, 2004)

Constanta, V. Discourse markers in English, with special reference to oh, well, y'know and I mean. (MA, 2003)

Cook, V.J. Phatic Communion. (Diploma, 1970)

Corella Gaspar, F. A study of some uses of will. (MA 1993)

Crystal, D. Studies in the prosodic features of educated British English with special reference to intonation. (PhD, 1966)

Cullen, C.J. Place deixis and semantics. (MA, 1972)

Davies, H.M.P. A comparison of prosodic features used by subjects when reading aloud a printed passage. (MA, 1970)

Davison, B.D. A corpus-based analysis of certain aspects of information structuring in modern spoken English, with particular reference to the distribution and prosodic weight of the adverbial element in relation to that of the verb and its complement. (MA, 1973)

Deb, P.C. Have as a main verb in written English. (MA, 1987)

Depraetere, I. Temporal when-clauses in written English: a corpus-based analysis. (MA, 1990)

Dodici, L. Coordination and subordination. (MA, 2007)

Dziadura, K. Tense or aspect: the case of the English perfect. (MA, 2003)

Farese, G. M. English cultural scripts and speech act performance: a case study of indirect opinions. (MA, 2013)

Feldman, J. Interpreting indexical expressions in face-to-face and voice-to-voice discourse. (MA, 1992)

Feng, D. Constructional gradience in passive constructions. (MA, 2013)

Fernández-Rodriguez, G. A comparative study of noun phrase structure in English and Spanish. (MA, 2004)

Fernando, H. Some elliptical constructions in present-day spoken and written English. (MA, 1991)

Fletcher, C.S. The function and intonation of prepositional phrases and adjuncts as noun postmodifiers. (MA, 1975)

Floyd, M. ‘Pretentious, moi?’: are British English speakers more likely to employ French loanwords in favour of native equivalents when attempting to obtain prestige through language? (MA, 2015)

Forberg, A. Phrasal verbs in spoken and written language: a corpus-based study.(MA, 2007)

Foss, G. Realisations of /t/ as sociophonetic variants in English, with specific reference to t-glottaling and t-voicing in RP: an illustration of language change in progress. (MA, 2006)

Fricker, F.H. Negative constructions in English - an attempted classification. (MA, 1968)

Fuscoe, K. Innit: an investigation into the use of invariant tags by teenagers. (MA, 2013)

Gardner, P. A study of clause connexion in a corpus of children's writing. (MA)

Gefter, A. Behavioural profile of the verb 'to feel': a corpus-based approach. (MA, 2010)

Geis, L. Debate and the ‘double-bind’: gender-linked linguistic variation in the 2012 Massachusetts Senate Debates. (MA, 2015)

Ghilardelli. C. The use of tag questions in modern spoken English. (MA, 1992)

Gisborne, N. A consideration of the relationship between the aspectual character of some verbs of cognition and perception and the thematic roles associated with them. (MA, 1991)

Gnutzmann, C.C.H. Semantic and syntactic aspects of the compared adjective in English. (MA, 1971)

Goburdhun, Y. A comparative study of phrase structure in English, with special reference to noun phrases (MA, 2001)

Gomez Moya, A. Email authorship attribution: a sociolinguistic approach. (MA, 2011)

Guo, S. The Domain of Derivatives. (MA, 2011)

Greenbaum, S. A study of conjuntive, disjunctive and other functions of the adverb in present-day English. (PhD, 1967)

Grew, P.E. An analysis of some optional ways of organising and presenting information in a corpus of spoken English. (MA, 1975)

Guo, Q. Ditransitive complementation in present-day British English. (MA, 2000)

Gweon, H. I. A cognitive analysis of the morpheme to in English infinitival constructions. (MA, 2013)

Hagen Engen, J. Aspects of mixed coordination. (MA, 1999)

Halimah, W. British newspapers’ representation of Islam, Christianity and Judaism in the year 2010. (MA, 2011)

Hall, P. An analysis of the complementation of nouns by postmodifying prepositional phrases (for, to and from). (MA, 1990)

Hardie, R.G. The formation and classification of idioms (MA, 1975)

He, Y. Really good or real good? A corpus-based approach to the grammaticalization and delexicalization of the intensifier/emphasizer real. (MA,

Heaner, M. A study of cleft sentences in modern English (MA 1998)

Heck, H.W. The locative use of prepositional phrases in clause structure. (MA, 1971)

Hevia, B. Uses of get. (MA, 1996)

Higashi, H. On the use of past tense forms of the English modal auxiliaries with past time reference in present-day written British English. (MA, 1990)

Home, O. Case in English. (MA, 2006)

Hosseinzadeh, M. The pragmatic use and function of the core modal auxiliaries in British English business correspondence: a corpus-based analysis. (MA, 2015)

Hounslow, E. Grammars, Grammar in Monolingual Learners' Dictionaries, and Students of English as a Foreign Language. (MA, 1986)

Hu, S. Morphological process: a study in English compound nouns: the analysis of the sequence of N + N combination. (MA, 2012)

Huang, L-T. The centrality of English adverbials in the clause structure. (MA, 2007)

Hurst, J. Cohesion in children's writing. (MA, 1990)

Ilson, R.F. Forms of address in Shakespeare with special reference to the use of 'thou' and 'you'. (PhD)

Joerres, W. A phonetic/phonological study of cooarticulation and assimilation processes in modern English. (MA, 1992)

Ivir, V. The predicative use of adjectives, present and past participles in contemporary English. (Diploma, 1964)

Jackson, J. An examination of the factors that hinder the ability of Japanese learners to speak English fluently and possible solutions to overcoming them. (MA, 2013)

Jones, D. A study of passive structures in English. (MA, 1993)

Jones, N. Get as Auxiliary Verb. (MA, 1985)

Jun, Junghoon On the controversy of future tense in English, with the emphasis on will. (MA, 1997)

Kaltenboeck, G. It-clefts in discourse: a corpus-based discussion. (MA, 1991)

Kalogjera, D. An analysis of the distribution and frequency of shall, will, 'll, in literary colloquial English. (Diploma, 1963)

Kasuga, S. Analysing humour: a discourse analysis on the sitcom Frasier. (MA, 2009)

Katieva, K. Languages in a globalising world: the impact of majority languages on minority language communities. (MA, 2012)

Kempson, R.M. A transcription and prosodic analysis of an approved selection of spoken English. (MA transcriptions)

Kirk, L. The gerund in English. (MA, 2001)

Kostadinova-Kavalova, Y. A study of catenative verbs and catenative constructions in English. (MA, 2002)

Koteyko, I. The language of print advertising in the UK: from corpus to model. (PhD, 2012)

Kounenaki, S. Language differences between the sexes: myth or reality? (MA, 1991)

Koveri, A. A Study of ing constructions in presentday modern English: the gerund. (MA, 1998)

Kovtun, O. The change of semantic field of “death” in Victorian and modern English epitaphs. (MA, 2013)

Kubota, T. Aspects of the main verb have. (MA, 1994)

Kum, Y. S. Prepositions, gradience and the law of parsimony. (MA, 2012)

Kurtak-McDonald, L. A corpus-based investigation of the usage of communicative strategies in English Lingua Franca for professional purposes. (MA, 2015)

Kwami, T.H.S. A study of sentence linkage in present-day Parliamentary discourse as recorded in the volumes of Hansard for 1965. (MPhil)

Lau, T. Inflection and lexical derivation in English. (MA, 2002)

Lee, J. The grammaticalization of the complementizer that and its future. (MA, 2013)

Lee, M. If-conditionals in spoken and written English syntax, semantics and variation. (MA, 2009)

Leibovich, R. Cohesion in written and spoken texts ­ comparison. (MA, 2007)

Leonard, R. The types and currency of noun-noun sequences in prose usage 1750-1950. (MPhil)

Leung, K. A study of in fact and actually in the public broadcast discussion field of British English. (MA, 2012)

Liu, X. What makes a female voice attractive to males? (MA, 2010)

Llòria i Vergés, R. A corpus-based study of discourse markers in face-to-face conversation. (MA, 1993)

Loizides, I. The head of noun phrases. (MA, 2003)

Lopez Salvador, M. Approaches to the study of the English Verb Phrase. (MA, 2008)

Lukoff, B. The noun+noun sequence in English. (MA, 2000/2001)

Lundmark, C. What's that? A study of the status of relative that. (MA, 1996)

Luong, S. Two cents on puns: the use of puns in advertising and what they reveal about wordplay in speech and writing. (MA, 2013)

Mah, P. Here, there, everywhere: a study of there-sentences in context. (MA, 1998)

Mao, K. A contrastive study of compliments in English and Chinese college students. (MA, 2010)

Marsh, D. The syntax, semantics and pragmatics of the reflexive pronoun myself. (MA, 2002)

Matsidi, P. English Loanwords in Cyprus. (MA, 2011)

Matsui, T. An observation on marked nucleus placement. (MA, 1988)

Matsuzaki, N. An analysis of English verb-particle constructions with in and out. (MA, 1997)

McAlinden, F.E. A study of of course and obviously in spoken and written English. (MA, 1988)

McNair Scott, A. Problems in the analysis of noun-noun collocations in English. (MA, 1992)

Mehl, S. Making sense of English varieties: the syntax and semantics of make in British English and Singapore English. (MA, 2011)

Minnis, J.W. Sound patterning in selected poems by Wilfred Owen. (MA)

Miroiu, M. The s inflexion and the preposition of as bearers of attributive relations in contemporary English. (Diploma)

Molitor, C. The story of categorisation in English. (MA, 2004)

Montano-Molina, O. English reflexive pronouns. (MA, 1988)

Mortelmans, I.F.M. A corpus-based study of nevertheless, however, and though as concessive conjuncts in spoken and written English. (MA, 1989)

Neusser, H. Language acquisition vs. language learning. (MA, 2011)

Ng, D. A study of the syntactic and semantic characteristics of Hong Kong English (HKE) with the aid of ICE-HK and ICE-GB. (MA, 2013)

Ni, Y. The Relevance Theory and the generic statements with can and may. (MA, 1990)

Ni, Y. The Interpretation of English Noun Phrase with Particular Regard to Generic Reference (Ph.D, 1996)

Obeng, C. Investigating the elusive phenomenon of English modality. (MA, 2011)

Ortega Perez, M. A diachronic study on Hiberno-English: assessing the occurrence of the perfect aspect in dialectal and standard Englishes. (MA, 2011)

Ozon, G. Ditransitives: a corpus study. (MA 2000)

Ozon, G. Alternating ditransitives in English: a corpus-based study. (PhD, 2009)

Panagopoulos, E. The present-day influence of Greek on English electronic terminology. (Diploma)

Parizadeh, S. Movie scripted discourse throughout time: an analysis of speech disfluency. (MA, 2013)

Park, S. Y. A study on That-deletion and retention in English. (MA, 2009)

Parolkova, J. The Relevance Theory approach to the language of military recruitment advertisements. (MA, 2013)

Penge, H.R. A study of the distribution of pauses in a specimen of live drama. (MA)

Peppe, S.J.E. A transcription and prosodic analysis of an approved selection of spoken English used in an interview. (MA)

Prada, C. Verb-particle combinations with in and out. (MA, 1990)

Pritchard, S. A comparison of the Milton Keynes accent in 2015 and the Milton Keynes accent as identified by Kerswill and Williams in 1994. (MA, 2015)

Radulovic, V. A study of the uses of the past perfect in written and spoken English. (MA, 1989)

Ramsaran, S.M. A corpus-based exploration of parenthesis in spoken English. (MA, 1972)

Raposo, C. A study on the adjective: typology and ordering or premodifying adjectives in English noun phrases. (MA, 1996)

Riddle, M.F. Prosodic and paralinguistic analysis. (MA, 1968)

Rodríguez, G.F. A comparative study of Noun Phrase structure in English and Spanish. (MA, 2004)

Rubenis, L. English spelling: the history, the rules and spelling reforms. (MA, 2008)

Rusiecki, J. Syntactic aspects of think-type verbs in present-day educated spoken English. (PhD, Warsaw)

Sahe-Lacheante, A. A study of the various phonological realisations of (voiceless alveolar plosive) phoneme /t/ in Standard British English (SBE), Standard American English (SAE), and Singapore English (SGE). (MA, 2012)

Shiraz, N. The syntactic and semantic analysis of comic language in literary parodies by Stephen Leacock. (MA, 2008)

Skrzypik, U. The delimitation of the English adverb: a corpus-based study comparing the framework developed by Quirk et al. (1985) and Huddleston and Pullum et al. (2002). (MA, 2008)

Smith, A. Some and any and modality: A corpus-based study. (MA, 1989)

Sofokleous, A. The role of adjuncts in spoken and written language. (MA, 2013)

Song, C. A sociolinguistic investigation of the consonants change in Scottish accent. (MA, 2015)

Sorola, M. Frequency and semantic change in descriptive disability labels. (MA, 2013)

Spinillo, M. Sense and syntax: on the syntax and semantics of the English expletives. (MA, 1996)

Spinillo, M. Reconceptualising the English determiner class. (PhD, 2004)

Striedner, M. Is there still a case for apostrophe " 's"? (MA, 2000)

Su, H-F Current perspectives on apposition in English. (MA, 2002)

Sugimoto, M. A study of noun compounds in English. (MA, 1997)

Sun, S. The function of the discourse marker anyway in conversation - a corpus based study. (MA, 2015)

Syraki, A. The impact of personality factors (attitudes and motivations) in formal linguistic environments (with particular reference to the Greek speakers of English). (MA, 1994)

Szczygielski, G. Non-rhoticity on the way to extinction? A sociolinguistic study of postvocalic /r/ in the American English accents of New York City and Boston. (MA, 2012)

Tadaki, Naoko A study of non-lexicalized noun-noun sequences in present-day English. (MA, 1991)

Takizawa, H. Some syntactic properties of Noun Phrases and Verb Phrases: towards a comparison. (MA, 1997)

Thalang, S.N. English article usage and Thai learners: an investigation of some of the difficulties. (MA, 1993)

Tin, I. Comparison between British English and Hong Kong English with the focus on connectors – a corpus-based study. (MA, 2008)

Tin, S. Subject-raising-to-object: Does it exist? (MA, 1991)

Tokarz, L. Gayspeak: a homosexual variety of English. (MA, 2010)

Toro, M. The use of language as a means of face-saving in a second language teaching context. A comparative study of English and Spanish courses. (MA, 2000)

Tosam, N.R. The meaning and distribution of shall, will, 'll in written present-day British English. (MA, 1987)

Townsend, A. Modal adverbial usage in English, with particular reference to probably, possibly and perhaps. (MA, 1993)

Tsai, Y-C. Topicalisation in English. (MA, 1993)

Tsao, C-Y. Two expletives in English: non-referential it and existential there. (MA, 2004).

Tuncel, S. Verb particle constructions with up and down. (MA, 1991)

Turner, G.W. John Walker's theory of English intonation. (Diploma)

Valadas, M. Approaches to the primary auxiliaries in English with special emphasis on do. (MA, 1992)

Wang, Y. Category reanalysis: the reclassification of adverbs in English. (MA, 2013)

Waters, P.F.V. Predicational structures in the language of newspaper headlines. (MA, 1969)

Webster, J. A corpus-based exploration of post-modifying prepositional phrases. (MA, 1971)

Whitcut, J.S. Speech transcription. (MA, 1968)

Winterson, P.S. Prosodic and paralinguistic features in a stretch of legal English.

Wong, Hok Chun A study of nuclear placement in a corpus of spoken English. (MA, 1976)

Wu, J. Backchannels in Hong Kong and British English telephone conversations: a corpus-based comparative study of regional varieties in English. (MA, 2015)

Wu, Z. Complaints and complaint response in computer-mediated communication. (MA, 2015)

Xi, T. Are determiners determiners? (MA, 2010)

Xia, C. Word formation processes and humorous effects of neologisms in modern British comedies a case study of Miranda. (MA, 2015)

Xia, Q. A syntactic and semantic study about of-construction ‘N1+of+N2’ in academic writing. (MA, 2015)

Xiang, T. A discourse analysis of intergenerational linguistic strategies and its reflection on language attitude towards old people. (MA, 2012)

Xin, X. A study of euphemism between Chinese and English from the perspective of pragmatics. (MA, 2012)

Xin, Y. A corpus-based study on figurative uses and collocations of English colour terms black and white. (MA, 2015)

Xu, J. The problem with usage of the in written English among Chinese university students. (MA, 2012)

Xu, L. A cross-cultural study on address forms in English and Chinese. (MA, 2010)

Yagudaeva, M. The likelihood of polysemy within English idioms and their polysemous nature. (MA, 2013)

Yang, Y. Nonequivalent between negations and their counterparts with patterns in English. (MA, 2009)

Yang, Y. The English modal verb can: a corpus-based syntactic and semantic analysis. (MA, 2013)

Yip, K.H. The use of determiners in British and Hong Kong English: differences in conceptions of reference and definiteness. (MA, 2007)

Yun, T. The distribution and semantic influences on English raising constructions. (MA, 2010)

Zamarioni, D. A study of sentence adverbials in present-day English. (MA, 1999)

Zafar, S. The ways in which bilingual Asian women occupy the collaborative floor’ (MA, 2011)

Zhao, N. The influence of spoken English on written English among English learners in China: a corpus-based study. (MA, 2007)

Zheng, M. That as a relative pronoun in relative clauses in ICE-GB/DCPSE and OED. (MA, 2015)

Zhou, Y. Lexical borrowings from English into Shanghai dialect, 1842-1949. (MA, 2009)

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