The ‘Linguistics in MFL’ Project is co-ordinated by colleagues at Anglia Ruskin University, Universities of Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Lancaster and Westminster.
PROF. MICHELLE SHEEHAN
Principal Investigator and Lead for Portuguese
Michelle Sheehan is Professor in Linguistics at Anglia Ruskin University. She specialises in comparative syntax with a particular focus on the Romance languages, but her research interests extend to sociolinguistic variation, language change and the philosophy of language. She is Project Lead for the Linguistics in MFL Project and Vice-chair of Language Analysis in Schools: Education and Research (LASER). She tweets @MiShee54.
Dr. ALICE CORR, Co-investigator (Spanish)
Alice Corr is Lecturer in Modern Languages at the University of Birmingham, where she specialises in non-standard and understudied Ibero-Romance language varieties and linguistic theory. Her wider research interests include philosophy of language, language policy, language documentation, and linguistics in education. She is co-lead for Spanish (with Norma Schifano) and coordinates the Linguistics in Schools Transatlantic Educational Network (LISTEN!) initiative. She sometimes tweets @linguafrancabham.
Dr. ANNA HAVINGA, Co-investigator (German)
Anna Havinga is Lecturer in Sociolinguistics (German) at the University of Bristol. Her research is centred on historical sociolinguistics, and she is particularly interested in language policy, language standardisation, and language attitudes. She is co-lead for German on the Linguistics in MFL project (with Sascha Stollans).
Dr. JONATHAN KASSTAN, Co-investigator (French)
Jonathan Kasstan is Lecturer in French and Linguistics at the University of Westminster. He specialises in language variation and change with respect to non-standard and minority language varieties, and his research interests are broadly anchored in quantitative sociolinguistics. He is principal investigator of a Leverhulme-funded project that seeks to establish universals of grammatical change in language obsolescence, and is project lead for French on the Linguistics in MFL project. Jonathan tweets @jrkasstan.
Dr. NORMA SCHIFANO, Co-investigator (Spanish, Italian)
Norma Schifano is Lecturer in Modern Languages at the University of Birmingham, specialising in the comparative morphosyntax of Spanish and the Romance languages, with a particular focus on the documentation of non-standard and endangered varieties (including Italo-Greek), phenomena of language contact and microvariation. She co-founded the Linguistics in MFL Project and is currently co-lead for Spanish (with Alice Corr).
SASCHA STOLLHANS, Co-investigator (German)
Sascha Stollhans is Senior Teaching Associate in German Studies at the University of Lancaster. Sascha is interested in Germanic and Romance languages and linguistics; second language acquisition; innovations in language teaching and learning (e. g. technology-enhanced learning); translation practice; linguistic variation and non-standard language (e.g. in language education and online communication); and educational policy, the role of languages in curricula and policy-making. He co-leads the German strand of the project (with Anna Havinga). Sascha tweets @saschastollhans.