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
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).
- 2011-2015: Economic and Social Research Council 1+3 scholarship
- Sep 2014: ESRC Overseas Institutional Visit Grant
- Sep 2014: Santander International Connections Travel Award
- 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
- AIL2511: Syntax
- 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