Essex Graduate Conference in Linguistics

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The Essex Graduate Conference in Linguistics (EGCL) takes place in spring each year. It provides an opportunity for postgraduate students in our Department to present their work to our linguistics staff and student community under conference-like conditions. Presenting at the conference offers several benefits:

  • giving a presentation on your work forces you to structure and evaluate it. This in turn enables you to spot and hence remedy flaws in arguments and to identify new ways forward.
  • it will enable you to get feedback from others on what you have done so far and to benefit from their advice about what you might do in the future in terms of new lines of exploration, more appropriate tools or techniques and helpful literature.
  • it is an excellent opportunity to get conference practice in friendly surroundings.

The 22nd Conference

  • Date: Monday 27 March 2017
  • Time 9am - 5pm
  • Room: 1N1.4.1

All linguistics-related topics are welcome, including applied linguistics, ELT, phonology, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics and syntax. Read our general submission guidelines (.pdf) to submit your work to the conference.

Previous conferences

EGCL has been held annually since 1996 with papers delivered on topics across the linguistics discipline.

  • EGCL 20 - 2015

    The EGCL 20 programme (.pdf)

  • EGCL 19 - 2014

    The EGCL 19 programme (.pdf)

  • EGCL 18 - 2013

    The EGCL 18 programme (.pdf) includes the abstract for each paper presented at the conference.

    • Acquisition of voiced stops by adult Saudi learners of English (Sami Mohammed Alanazi)
    • An action research study of the effectiveness of two types of role-play in teaching English for tourism at a Korean university (Genie Bokja Cho)
    • On the nature of child directed speech: The role of feedback (Michael Bebbington)
    • Responses to errors in children's language acquisition (Harriet Bibi Stacey)
    • Differential prosodic encoding of focus in Hijazi Arabic (Muhammad Swaileh Alzaidi)
    • Verbal stems in Libyan Arabic (Noura Ramli)
    • The dominance of Wolof in urban Senegal: A threat to minority languages and language communities (Salifu Faal)

  • EGCL 17 - 2012

    The EGCL 17 programme (.pdf) includes the abstract for each paper presented at the conference.

    • The function of interruptions and overlaps in an unstructured mixed-gender group conversation (Vasiliki Sakellariou)
    • The effects of implicit and explicit corrective feedback on learner noticing and language accuracy improvement (Kamonrat Sriharuksa)
    • Gender difference in the representation of linguistically related iconic gestures in L1 Urdu speakers (Muzaffar Hussain)
    • Poster presentation - Arabic modal verbs in HPSG (Abdulrahman A. Althawab)
    • Poster presentation - Variation in the genre of academic written texts: A comparative study of Arabic and English empirical research article introductions in the field of education (Aiesha Emhammed)
    • Evaluation of language teaching materials used at Armenian Language Saturday School in London (Armenui Akopyan)
    • Problems with wh-questions in Modern Standard Arabic (Mansour Alotaibi)
    • Is reconstruction a diagnostic for movement in restrictive relative clauses? (Buthaina Shaheen)
    • An LFG study of English and Siraiki non-finite verbs (Sajida Rehman)

  • EGCL 16 - 2011

    The EGCL 16 programme (.pdf) includes the abstract for each paper presented at the conference.

    • An integration of corpus-based and genre-based approaches in EAP: National English examinations in Turkey (Neslihan Onder)
    • A sociolinguistic study of young RP (Berta Badia Barrera)
    • Acquisition of L2 linguistically-related gesture in child and adult starters and the implications for the critical period hypothesis (Muzzafar Hussain)
    • The comprehension of garden path sentences (Joanne Wardle)
    • What was that? A speech perception case study (Dominic R. B. Pittman)
    • The status of Yalli/lli in Lattakian Syrian Arabic: Complementizer, relative pronoun or determiner? (Buthaina Shaheen)
    • Gapping in Hijazi Arabic: An LFG approach (Muhammad Swaileh Alzaidi)
    • An LFG analysis of anaphoric relations in Siraiki, Punjabi and Urdu/Hindi (Sajida Rehman)

  • EGCL 15 - 2010

    The EGCL 15 programme (.pdf) includes the abstract for each paper presented at the conference.

    • Student-produced library research paper genre: A qualitative intra-disciplinary study of student writing at the Essex School of Accounting, Finance and Management (Awad Alhassan)
    • Teachers' criteria for coursebook selection (Fotini Grammatosi)
    • Poster presentation - Speeded production of German past participles in adults, children and early L2 learners (Elisabeth Fleischauer)
    • Poster presentation - The acquisition of possession in English (Veronica Hubickova)
    • Poster presentation - Acquisition of coreference: A small-scale corpus study (Dana Kornishova)
    • An optimality theoretic account of contextual nasalization in Saraiki (Nasir Abbas)
    • The definite article in Kuwait Arabic from the optimality theory perspective (Sultan Aldaihani)
    • Explaining causative/inchoative alternation differences between Arabic and English: A lexical-semantic decomposition account (Mohammad Alharbi)
    • An investigation into the composing processes in writing-only and reading-to-write test tasks: Computer-assisted episode analysis and stimulated recall (Sathena Hiu Chong Chan)
    • The role of discourse context and quantification in pronoun resolution in English (Clare Patterson)
    • Masked priming effects in second language processing (Loay Balkhair)

  • EGCL 14 - 2009

    The EGCL 14 programme (.pdf) includes the abstract for each paper presented at the conference.

    • It looks like a cone: Vocabulary problems and communication strategies (Yi-Ching Sandra Huang)
    • Teaching technical vocabulary in Saudi Arabian industrial colleges: An investigation of ESP and content area practitioners' beliefs and practices (Abdullah Ali Alghamdi)
    • Workshop - Writing your linguistics thesis in LaTex (Kakia Chatsiou)
    • Workshop - DMDX: Linguistic Applications (Elena Papadopoulou, Kaili Clackson and Claire Batterham)
    • Online idiom processing by second language learners of English (Zainab Ghareeb-Ali)
    • Japanese learners of English and their sociocultural identity: A preliminary diary study (Yoko Nogami)
    • EFL teaching methodology at Aleppo University in Syria: Considering teachers' beliefs and their classroom practices (Reem Issa)
    • A sociophonological analysis of the variable (au): An attempt to reconcile internal and external factors (Jenny Amos)

  • EGCL 13 - 2008

    The EGCL 13 programme (.pdf) includes the abstract for each paper presented at the conference.

    • Using corpora for helping Sudanese EFL Tertiary students with the tasks of Arabic-into-English Translation: Moving beyond Bilingual Dictionaries and intuition. (Awad Al-Kareem Al-Hassan)
    • The pronunciation goals of International Language School students of English: the relevance of the Lingua Franca Core. (Helen Fowler)
    • Experimental Approaches to Spanish Stress Assignment (Veronica Del Carmen Villafana Rojas)
    • Yod-dropping on the East Anglian Periphery (Jenny Amos, Dave Britain and Juliette Spurling)
    • Workshop - Assessing the writing process (Muhammad M. Abdel Latif)
    • Workshop - Methods of data transcription: ELAN (EUDICO Linguistic Annonator) (Elena Papadopoulou)
    • Workshop - Computational tools for natural language parsing and generation (Kakia Chatsiou and Keisuke Yoshimoto)
    • Workshop - Claire Batterham (SPSS)
    • Irrealis mood and the distribution of embedded null subjects (Keisuke Yoshimoto)
    • Acquisition of Wh-questions: Syntactic priming in Cypriot Greek (Elena Papadopoulou)
    • The time-course of morphological processing in Japanese: An eye-movement study (Yu Ikemoto)
    • The online application of binding constraints on anaphor resolution: Evidence from the visual world paradigm (Kaili Clackson)

  • EGCL 12 - 2007

    The EGCL 12 programme (.pdf) includes the abstract for each paper presented at the conference.

    • The processing Of control and raising structures: An exploratory study (Claire Batterham)
    • Online application of binding constraints in the L2: evidence from eye tracking (Nicholas Bertenshaw)
    • Case mismatching effects in modern Greek free relative clauses: An LFG analysis (Kakia Chatsiou)
    • Cross-disciplinary insights on regional dialect levelling (Dave Sayers)
    • Voice assimilation in Syrian Arabic: Optimality theoretic study (Morris Al-Omar)
    • Geminates in Jordanian Arabic (Bilal Abu-Rakhieh)
    • Acquisition of the plural by Jordanian children: A study in progress (Hana Asaad Daana)
    • A non-native EFL teacher's beliefs about reading and reading instruction at Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania (Irena Urbanaviciene)
    • Learner autonomy in a tertiary language teaching institute: Teachers' perspectives (Awras Othman)

  • EGCL 11 - 2006

    The EGCL 11 programme (.pdf) includes the abstract for each paper presented at the conference.

    • Applying modern phonology to ancient poetry; evidence for the syllable outranking the mora in dactylic hexametre (Catharine Carfoot)
    • Vowel harmony in non-concatenative morphology: An optimality theoretic approach to Korean ideophones (Chang Beom Park)
    • L3 Acquisition of German by native Japanese speakers - evidence of L2 Influence (Carol Jaensch)
    • A dual-mechanism account of stem-formation in Portuguese: Evidence from masked morphological priming (João Veríssimo)
    • Accounting for the inconsistent research findings of word processing effects on students' writing: causes and solutions (Erifili Roubou)
    • The identification. code-breaking and retention of idioms by Mexican EFL university students (Rosalina Domínguez Angel)
    • How to construct a special corpus to extract the most frequent words in a particular field (Carlota Alcantar Diaz)
    • Writers' identification of lexical problems in the process of L2 writing: A prerequisite for using writing communication strategies (Yuah Vicky Chon)
    • The social significance of the community of Practice analysis in sociolinguistic research methodology (Eleftherios Kailoglou)
    • (Re)defining linguistic diversity (Dave Sayers)

  • EGCL 10 - 2005

    The EGCL 10 programme (.pdf) includes the abstract for each paper presented at the conference.

    • Masked priming in derivational and inflectional morphology: A comparison between L1 and L2 (Renita Silva)
    • Sensitivity to different types of linguistic information in L2 sentence processing: Evidence from speeded grammaticality judgements (Mikako Sato)
    • A linearization-based approach to negative inversion (Takafumi Maekawa)
    • Acquisition of transitive alternation in L2 Japanese by L1 English speakers (Aya Okamoto)
    • The acquisition of English interdentals by Turkish learners: Explaining age effects in L2 phonology (Yasemin Yildiz)
    • L2 acquisition of semantic and morpho-phonological constraints on the English dative alternation by Persian speakers (Mohammad J Rezai)
    • Towards a formal semantic theory of discourse connectives (Miriam Urgelles Coll)
    • CLT, EFL, and vocabulary: a case study in primary English classrooms (Shu-Chuan Liang)
    • Language policy and language practice: the case of Cyprus (Evgenia Kounnapi)
    • A study of conversational styles in paired speaking assessments: does candidates’ proficiency-level make any difference? (Fumiyo Nakatsuhara)

  • EGCL 9 - 2004

    The EGCL 9 programme (.pdf) includes the abstract for each paper presented at the conference.

    • Morphological constraints in native speakers and L2 learners of English: A study of plurals inside compounds (Ian Cunnings)
    • The contextual complexity hypothesis: An alternative account for the L2 development of tense and agreement morphology (Gabriella Casillas Navarro)
    • Influences of contextual factors on the construction of learners' beliefs about language learning and teaching (Rina Fukami)
    • The acquisition of third language phonology (Nabila Louriz)
    • Drama and language teaching (Marco Antonio Vargas Solis)
    • The use of articles in L2 English by Japanese and Spanish speakers (Neal Snape)
    • Overpassivization in second language English (Takako Kondo)

  • EGCL 8 - 2003

    The EGCL 8 programme (.pdf) includes the abstract for each paper presented at the conference.

    • The Maronite linguistic community of Cyprus: Language contact between Cypriot Maronite Arabic and Cypriot Greek (Chryso Hadjidemetriou)
    • Defining status through complimenting (Samuel Mustapha)
    • Data-oriented processing: A thing of the past or the basis for the future (Evita Linardaki)
    • Syntactic dependencies in Down's syndrome (and Williams syndrome): New results from passive and binding (Melanie Ring)
    • Aspect shift: Coercion or lexical licensing (Maria Flouraki)
    • The effect of vocabulary learning strategies training on Thai learners' word retention in the second language classroom (Issariya Tassana Ngam)
    • Drama and language learning (Marco Antonio Vargas Solis)
    • The role of the first language system on second language awareness: The case of word awareness in English speaking learners of Chinese as a foreign language. (Benedetta Bassetti)
    • A comparison between experienced and inexperienced primary teachers teaching vocabulary in Taiwan (Shu-Chuan Liang)
    • /grisa/ or * /?agrisa/? On deletion and epenthesis in loan phonology (Nabila Louriz)
    • Nasal behaviour in Yami: A constraint-based analysis (Amy Peijung Lee)

  • EGCL 7 - 2002

    The EGCL 7 programme (.pdf) includes the abstract for each paper presented at the conference.

    • Conceptual representation in bilinguals: evidence from colour perception (Panos Athanasopoulos)
    • Reading strategy knowledge and reading strategy use of L2 readers (Sumitra Pankulbadee)
    • Orthographic and phonological processing skills in L2 word recognition (Miho Sasaki)
    • Japanese Katakana-go and English words in the mental lexicon of Japanese-English users (Yuki Tokumaru)
    • The role of knowledge and experience in the acquisition of lexical items (Ritta Husted)
    • Acquisition of consonant contrast perception by Japanese learners of L2 English (Kazue Kato)
    • The phonological lexicon and Optimality Theory (Juhee Lee)
    • Acquiring the present perfect perfectly: Is it possible in L2 English? (Sarah Liszka)
    • Gender variation in compliment behaviour (Samuel Mustapha)
    • Naming spatial relationships between objects: the role of reference frames and function (Ioannis Peidis)
    • Do we talk (or write?) differently over the Net? A lexical enquiry into a Net-English (Jun Takahashi)
    • Aspectuality, quantification and definiteness (Gergana Popova)
    • On phonological markedness and the initial state of the grammar (Paula Reimers)
    • Tense and agreement in German agrammatic aphasia (Michaela Wenzlaff)
    • Rules of language in children with Williams Syndrome: New evidence from comparative formation (Melanie Ring)

  • EGCL 6 - 2001

    The EGCL 6 programme (.pdf) includes the abstract for each paper presented at the conference.

    • Dealing with vocabulary problems in the process of EFL writing (Fatemeh Hemmati)
    • Hemispheric differences in revising lexically ambiguous sentences: a divided field study (AnneMarie Kerkhoff)
    • The special status of optional uninterpretable syntactic features in L2 acquisition: A view from the endstate perspective (Florencia Franceschina)
    • The acquisition of agreement inflections of the noun phrase in Arabic as a second language (Mohammad Alhamad)
    • Sentence processing in the L2: A study of relative clause attachment preferences in Greek learners of English (Leah Roberts)
    • European Portuguese pronouns and the role of morphology (Ana Ribeiro Luis)
    • Systematic pattern of epenthetic vowels with special reference to English loanwords in Korean (Juhee Lee)

  • EGCL 5 - 2000

    The EGCL 5 programme (.pdf) includes the abstract for each paper presented at the conference.

    • Factors affecting students' oral participation in university level academic classes within the Omani context (Fawzia Al-Seyabi)
    • Dealing with vocabulary problems in the process of EFL writing (Fatemeh Hemmati)
    • Incorporated pronouns in European Portuguese (Ana Ribeiro Luis)
    • Second language acquisition of English prepositions (Emma Thomas)
    • Against a deficit in L2 morphology (Florencia Franceschina)
    • Explaining divergent tense marking in advanced L2 speakers (Sarah Liszka)
    • Realisation of inflectional morphology and syntactic knowledge: The investigation into use of morphology by Japanese speakers learning English (Natsumi Okuwaki)
    • Antecedent reactivation in Japanese long distance scrambling construction and working memory (Yoko Nokano)
    • Regular and irregular inflection in the French mental lexicon (Cathie Carteret)

Contact us

If you have any questions about the Conference, contact us at egcl@essex.ac.uk.