Dr Rebecca Woods
BA (Sheffield) MA PhD (York)
Senior Lecturer in Language Acquisition
Rebecca is a Senior Lecturer in Language Acquisition and joined the University of Huddersfield in September 2015. Rebecca gained her BA in French and Linguistics from the University of Sheffield in 2010 and her MA in Psycholinguistics from the University of York in 2012, with a short stint as Graduate Trainee Librarian at the Classics Faculty Library, University of Cambridge, in 2010-11. She completed her PhD in Linguistics at the University of York under Dr George Tsoulas in May 2016, focusing on the syntax of speech acts and the embeddability of illocutionary force. Both her MA and her PhD were funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
Research and Scholarship
Rebecca’s primary interest is the acquisition of syntax and semantics by children. She has worked and continues to work with both monolingual and bilingual children as well as looking at children acquiring “non-standard” dialects of English. She is particularly interested in clause-typing, the syntax and semantics of questions, discourse particles and quantification.
Publications and Other Research Outputs
In Press/Accepted/Under Revision
Tsoulas, G. and R. Woods (in press). ‘Predicative possessives, relational nouns and floating quantifiers’. Linguistic Inquiry.
Woods, R. and T. Roeper (accepted). ‘Rethinking auxiliary-doubling in adult and child language: how verb movement turns propositions into illocutionary acts.’ R. Woods, S. Wolfe and T. Biberauer (eds), Rethinking Verb Second, Oxford University Press.
Woods, R. (under revision). ‘Towards a model of the syntax-discourse interface: a syntactic analysis of please’. Submitted to English Language and Linguistics.
Woods, R. (under revision). ‘A different perspective on embedded V2: unifying embedded root phenomena’. Submitted to R. Woods, S. Wolfe and T. Biberauer (eds), Rethinking Verb Second, Oxford University Press.
Woods, R. (under revision). ‘Embedded inverted interrogatives: investigating the acquisition of non-canonical embedded questions’. Submitted to Jaieun Kim, Bart Hollebrandse, Ana Pérez-Leroux and Petra Schulz (eds), As-yet-untitled UMass Occasional Papers Special Edition.
Wolfe, S. and R. Woods (under revision). ‘Prologue’. R. Woods, S. Wolfe and T. Biberauer (eds), Rethinking Verb Second, Oxford University Press.
Woods R (2016). ‘Embedded inverted questions as embedded illocutionary acts’. In: Kyeong-min Kim et al (eds). Proceedings of the 33rd West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, pp.417-426. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.
Woods, R (2015) ‘Modelling the syntax-discourse interface: a syntactic analysis of "please"’. ConSOLE XXIII: Proceedings of the 23rd Conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe (7-9 January 2015, Paris), pp. 360-382. ISSN 1574-499X
Woods, R (2015) ‘The acquisition of dative alternation by German-English bilingual and English monolingual children’. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism , 5 (2), pp. 252-284. ISSN 1879-9264
Woods, R (2014) ‘The syntax of orientation shifting: Evidence from English high adverbs’. ConSOLE XXII: Proceedings of the 22nd Conference of the Student Organization of Linguistics in Europe (8-10 January 2014, Lisbon), pp. 205-230. ISSN 1574-499X
Woods, R (2012) ‘Thoughts on multiple wh-movement in Czech’ York Papers in Linguistics , 12a, pp. 68-79. ISSN 1758-0315
Woods, R (2010) ‘Men's Words in Women's Mouths: Why Misogynous Stereotypes are Humorous in the Old French Fabliaux’ Reinvention: an International Journal of Undergraduate Research , 3 (2).
Grants and Prizes:
2018: Finalist, Challenging and Passionate Teaching, Huddersfield Student Union Thank You Awards
2017: Richard M. Hogg Prize, International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE)
2011-2015: Economic and Social Research Council 1+3 scholarship
Sep 2014: ESRC Overseas Institutional Visit Grant
Sep 2014: Santander International Connections Travel Award
2018, to come. Non-adult questions in child language: a window onto pragmatic development (joint work with Tom Roeper), Faculty of Linguistics and Philology General Linguistics Seminar Series, 29th October 2018, University of Oxford
2018, to come. Non-adult questions in child language: a window onto pragmatic development (joint work with Tom Roeper), Retreat for Students in Semantics and Pragmatics, 4th-7th October 2018, La Garrotxa (Catalonia)
2018. Towards a model of the syntax-discourse interface: a syntactic analysis of please, Hogg Prize presentation at ISLE5 conference, 19th July 2018, University College London
2018. Non-adult questions in child language: manipulating bias and Questions Under Discussion, 12th July 2018, Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen
2018. Questions in and on child language acquisition, English Grammar Day, 9th July 2018, British Library 2018. Non-adult questions in child language: manipulating bias and Questions Under Discussion (plenary address), Manchester Forum in Linguistics, 27th April 2018, University of Manchester
2017. Embedded inverted questions as conventional implicatures, 14th November 2017, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
2017. Subject-auxiliary inversion, how movement blocks propositionality, and child language (joint work with Tom Roeper), Research Seminar Series, 1st February 2017, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
2016. Language Acquisition into the 21st Century, “Talking English" A-level English Language CPD event, 25th November 2016, British Library
2016. A different perspective on embedded V2: unifying embedded root phenomena, Research Colloquium, 2nd March 2016, University of York
2015. Embedded inverted questions and a new perspective on embedded root phenomena. Questions at the Syntax-Semantics Interface Workshop, University College London. 7th September 2015.
2014. Embedded inverted interrogatives as embedded speech acts, Syntax Project at the University of Toronto. 12th December 2014.
2014. Embedded inverted interrogatives as embedded speech acts, Syntax Square at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 4th November 2014.
Sep-Dec 2014: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
2016-present: External Relations officer of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain Main Committee
2014-2016: Chair of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain Student Committee
2014-2016: Student Representative to the Linguistics Association of Great Britain Main Committee
Reviewer for Linguistic Inquiry Squibs, Recursion in Brazilian Languages (Springer), LAGB, ConSOLE, NELS, Palgrave Macmillan
Guest style editor for IBERIA: An International Journal of Theoretical Linguistics
Member of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain
Member of the Philological Society
Research Degree Supervision
Rebecca is interested in supervising Masters and PhD research in:
Child language acquisition, especially acquisition of syntax and semantics
Bilingual language acquisition, especially acquisition of syntax and semantics
The syntax-semantics interface and the syntax of speech acts
Course Leader - MA English Language and Applied Linguistics
Deputy Academic Conduct Officer
Year 2 Undergraduate Tutor
Teaching and Professional Activities
AFL1501: Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics
AHL3508: Child Language Acquisition
AML1101/1001: Descriptive Linguistics
Rebecca teaches on:
AFL1502: Approaches to Language Study
AIL2502: Field Linguistics
AHL3501: Dissertation in English Language and Linguistics