Matthew King (MSc, BA)

PhD Linguistics & English Language

  • Linguistics and English Language
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

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Dugald Stewart Building

3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
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Msc Linguistics (Distinction):  University of Edinburgh                                                         (2016-2017)

Thesis title: Motion verbs in English and Spanish: a feature analysis  

BA Creative Writing and English Language (Merit): De Montfort University                 (2011-2014)

Responsibilities & affiliations

Tutor in Lingusitics and English Language (2018 - present)

Tutor in the PPLS Writing Centre (2018 - present)



Research summary

Phonology, history of phonological change, the phonological interface with morphosyntax, and metrical phonology.   

Current research interests

My thesis investigates the use and variation of pronominal clitics in Ibero-Romance languages, specifically looking at models that can represent clitics in Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan. Additionally, I am investigating frameworks that can account for synchronic variation and diachronic evolution of clitic usage in these languages.

Past research interests

My previous interests have included motion verbs in English and Spanish, specifically investigating the typological claim that English prefers to conflate manner and motion, whereas Spanish prefers to conflate motion and direction. Please see Msc thesis.