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Dr Rebecca Woods

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r.woods@hud.ac.uk | 01484 471360

Dr Rebecca Woods

BA (Sheffield) MA PhD (York)

Senior Lecturer in Language Acquisition

Biography

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.

2016

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

2015

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

2014

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

2012

Woods, R (2012) ‘Thoughts on multiple wh-movement in Czech’ York Papers in Linguistics , 12a, pp. 68-79. ISSN 1758-0315

2010

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).

Esteem

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

Invited lectures:

  • 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.

Visiting Scholar:

Sep-Dec 2014: University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Professional Service:

  • 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

Memberships:

  • 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

Administrative responsibilities

  • Course Leader - MA English Language and Applied Linguistics

  • Deputy Academic Conduct Officer

  • Year 2 Undergraduate Tutor

Teaching and Professional Activities

Rebecca convenes:

  • 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