I’m involved with a number of funded research projects that link my work with that of other researchers
SCOSYA is a major AHRC grant project with the aim of creating a syntactic atlas of the dialects of Scots. I’m working with Jennifer Smith, Caroline Heycock and Gary Thoms to both understand the range and nature of grammatical variation in Scots, and to map it out physically.
Clause:InTEL is a Marie-Curie-Sklodowska grant, with Christos Vlachos, looking at how clausal complements of verbs and nouns are syntactically integrated. It investigates the feasibility, for this, of the exoskeletal theory, developed by my colleague at Queen Mary, Hagit Borer.
AthEME is an EU Framework 7 Partnership project looking at multilingualism from a range of perspectives. The Queen Mary aspect of this project that I am involved in focusses on applying syntactic theory to the Multicultural London English corpus collected and investigated by my colleague, Jenny Cheshire.
Atomic Linguistic Elements of Phi is an AHRC funded project, working with my colleague Daniel Harbour, seeking to determine the basic makeup of pronominal features in human language.
The Grammar-Meaning Connection is a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship, investigating whether we can understand certain ways that noun phrases behave in languages of the world by rethinking the way that syntactic structure works. It led, amongst other publications, to my 2013 monograph A Syntax of Substance. There is a précis of this book available freely.
The Syntax-Information Structure Interface in a Polysynthetic Language is an AHRC funded project with Daniel Harbour that sought to understand the way that the Native American language Kiowa could throw light on important questions in theoretical syntax. It led to the book Mirrors and Microparameters, as well as to an impact case study for the 2014 REF.