SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

PhD Students

Manhal AL DAKHLALLAH
Manhal Al Dakhlallah

The Question of Aesthetics in Literary Translation in view of the Prismatic Translation Theory: An Integrative/Critical Review Analysis of the Arabic Translations of Charles Dickens's Aesthetics-Poetic Style.




Takako Kawabata
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Choice of languages and scripts in the Japanese linguistic landscape (tentative title)

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Haewon Lee
Haewon Lee

Alternative Ways for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in a Globalised World : A multinational project on Vietnamese Lên Đồng ritual performance and the involvement of UNESCO

Robert Laub
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A Comparison of the Portuguese Creoles of Malacca and Macau

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Lin Li
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Flexibility and Constraints in Lexical Meaning Construction in Mandarin Chinese

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Aiko Otsuka
Aiko Otsuka

Pragmatic strategies in face-to-face interactions and emails by Japanese speakers and Japanese Sign Language users: Focus on Japanese Sign Language users' use of Japanese and their perceptions



Martha Tsutsui
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A Documentation and Description of Disappearing Predicates in Southern Amami-Ōshima

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Wen Wang
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A Corpus-based Study of Subjunctivity in Shanghainese (as evidenced in the missionary linguistic and translation works on/in vernacular Shanghainese in the period 1843-1950)

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Lu Xue
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Negation, Prediction and Thought-ascription — A Study of Quasi-logical Terms in Mandarin Chinese



Lingxia Zhou
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Hegemony and Counter-hegemony in Multilingual China: A case study of language policy and campaigns in Shanghai [WORKING TITLE]

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Recently Awarded PhDs

2019
  • Zeina Eid "A Sociolinguistic Study of Language Practices and Language Attitudes of Lebanese Families in London" (Dr J Sallabank)
2018
  • Ellen Foote "Beyond Language: an Ethnographic Study of Language Planning and Policy in the Yangon Deaf Community" (Dr J Sallabank)
  • Sarah Croome "Discourse, Ideology and Function: Dominant Themes in the Discursive Construction of Present Day Cornish " (Dr J Sallabank)
  • YingYing Mu "Languages, Ideologies and Identities in Mengguang, a Multilingual Village in south-western China" (Prof J Watkins)
  • Jade Al-Saraf "A Contrastive Study of Loaned vs. Non-Loaned Lexicon in Iraqi Arabic" (Dr C Lucas)
  • Julia Cheng "An Investigation of the Constraints on Nominal Argument Drop in Mandarin Chinese Using Spoken Corpora" (Prof L Marten)
  • Lu Lu "Mandarin Chinese Light Verb Constructions and Their Alternations: A Corpus Investigation" (Prof I Nikolaeva)
  • Radu Voica "A Fieldwork-Based Approach to Clause-Internal Relations and Information Structure in Blanga (Blablanga), an Austronesian Language of the Solomon Islands" (Prof P Austin)
  • Vivian Lee "Translation as communication: L1 Korean speakers' mediator roles in the Korean to English translation of culture-specific lexis" (Dr N Iwasaki)
2017
  • Jing Chu "The Effects of Sound Information Provided by Annotations on Chinese Vocabulary Acquisition Through Reading" (Dr N Iwasaki)
  • Burcin Mustafa "A study into the ideological manipulation of translation and translation's role in affecting the political and social fields: Translation's function in advancing the 'war on terror'" (Dr D Feng)
  • Teresa Poeta "Reference to Objects in Makhuwa and Swahili Discourse" (Prof L Marten)
  • Saba Tifooni "A Crosslinguistic Investigation into the Foreign Language Learning of (Non) equivalent Emotion Words: The Case of Kuwaiti Learners of English" (Dr N Iwasaki)
  • Connor Youngberg "Vocalic Representation in Tokyo and Owari Japanese: Towards a syllable-free account" (Dr M Charette)
  • Karolina Grzech "Discourse enclitics in Tena Kichwa: A corpus-based account of information structure and epistemic meaning" (Prof I Nikolaeva)
2016
  • Eiko Gyogi "Using Translation to Develop Intercultural Competence in Japanese-as-a-Foreign-Language Classroom: A Case Study of Beginner and Intermediate Students" (Dr N Iwasaki)
  • Charlotte Hemmings "The Kelabit Language, Austronesian Voice and Syntactic Typology" (Prof P Austin)
  • Nana Ama Agyeman "A descriptive grammar of Efutu (southern Ghana) with a focus on serial verb constructions: a language documentation study" (Prof P Austin)
  • Birgul Ylimaz "Learning 'my' language: moments of languages and identities among Kurds in the UK" (Dr J Sallabank)
  • Anwar Almuoseb "A Lexical-Semantic Analysis of the English Prepositions At, On and In and their Conceptual Mapping onto Arabic: A Comparative Investigation" (Dr N Iwasaki)
  • Fan Yang "Translators and Habitus: An Integrative Approach to Investigating Film Dubbing in China from 1949 to Present" (Dr D Feng)
  • Thomas Ritchie "Internal possessor prominence in Chimane" (Prof I Nikolaeva)
  • Mohamed Abdalla "The Influence of Translation on the Arabic Language: A Study on the Translation of English Idioms in Arabic Satellite TV Stations" (Dr D Feng)
  • Ghalia Al Mubarak "An Investigation of Sociolinguistic variation in al-Ahsa Arabic" (Dr C Lucas)
  • Rachel Watson "Noun Classification and Verbal Nouns in Kujireray" (Dr F Lüpke)
  • Cephas Delalorm "Documentation and Description of Sekpele: A Ghana-Togo Mountain Language of Ghana" (Prof P Austin)
2015
  • Dan Jiang "L2 Mandarin Chinese Learners' Pragmatic Development in Making Refusals: What are the Roles of Instruction and the Study Abroad Context?" (N Iwasaki)
  • Jeff Izzard "Language Attitudes and Identity in the Tibetan Dharamsala Diaspora" (Dr J Sallabank)
  • Shanti Ulfsbjorninn "A Field Theory of Stress: The role of empty nuclei in stress systems" (Dr M Charette)
  • Hessah Aba-Alalaa "Terms of Address in Najdi Dialect: Normativity and Variation" (Dr B Pizziconi)
  • Simone Mauri "Formal and Functional Properties of Grammatical Aspect in Ayt Atta Tamazight" (Prof I Nikolaeva)
  • Thomas Owen-Smith "Grammatical Relations in Tamang, a Tibeto-Burman Language of Nepal" (Prof P Austin)
  • Halil Iskender "The Phonology of Arabic Loanwords in Turkish: The Case of T-Palatalisation" (Dr G Dedes)
2014
  • Anja Moemeke-Choon "A Documentation and Description of Uwu (Benue-Congo, Nigeria) with Focus on Tone" (Prof P Sells)
  • Mark Henry "The Syntax of Reduced Nominals in Akkadian" (Prof I Nikolaeva)
  • Narayan Sharma "Morphosyntax of Puma, A Tibeto-Burman Language of Nepal" (Prof P Austin)
  • Nadia Sarkoh "The Ideological Discursive Representation of Islam and Muslims in the Press: A Comparative Study" (Prof I Sachdev)
2013
  • Alexander Cobbinah "Nominal classification and verbal nouns in Bainounk Gubeeher" (Dr F Lüpke)
  • Michael Franjieh "Possessive Classifiers in North Ambrym, a Language of Vanuatu: Explorations in Semantic Classification" (Prof I Nikolaeva)
  • Hannah Gibson "Auxiliary placement in Rangi: A Dynamic Syntax perspective" (Prof L Marten)
  • Wai Ling Looi "Explicitation, Implicitation and Shift of Conjunctions in English-Chinese Translation of Institutional Texts: A Corpus-Assisted Study" (Dr D Li)
  • Judith Nakayiza "The Sociolinguistics of Multilingualism in Uganda - A case study of the official and non-official language policy, planning and management of Luruuri-Lunyara and Luganda" (Prof L Marten)