Dr Anand Syea

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I have been a full-time member of staff at the University of Westminster since 1991. I have taught a number of courses including Descriptive and Theoretical Syntax, Language Acquisition, and Psycholinguistics, at both undergraduate and graduate level, and was from 1997 to 2004 the head of the Linguistics Section. Before taking my full-time position at Westminster, I worked at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology as a Research Associate and taught part-time at the University of Salford.

I studied Linguistics at the University College of North Wales, Bangor, and at the University of Essex. I hold an MA in Applied Linguistics and a PhD in Linguistics (Syntax).

My main research interests lie in the areas of theoretical syntax, syntax of creole languages, the creole language of Down's Syndrome children and adults and language mixing at the level of grammar.

I teach modules in descriptive and theoretical Syntax in all three years of the Undergraduate programme, as well as Introduction to Linguistics for first year students, and First Language Acquisition as a final year option. I also contribute to the MA World Englishes module, focusing particularly on contact languages (pidgins and creoles).

Introduction to Linguistics is a module in which I discuss issues to do with syntax, morphology, semantics, phonetics and phonology, child language, language processing and language contact.

Word and Sentence Structure focuses on descriptive and comparative syntax of different languages, looking at how different languages exploit their morphological and syntactic resources.

Syntactic Theory, which I teach for the second year, introduces students to Chomsky's generative grammar. This module examines Chomsky's Lectures on Government and Binding (Chomsky 1981) and subsequent publications in the Principles and Parameters framework.

Advanced Syntax is a final year module which introduces students to Chomsky's Minimalist framework, looking at issues to do with architecture of the syntactic model, derivation, feature checking and economy issues.

First Language Acquisition examines the language development in children between the ages of birth to three. It focuses on key issues to do with acquisition, and key areas such as phonological development, semantic development, syntactic development and theories of acquisition are discussed in detail.

All these modules teach students transferrable skills to do with data description, analysis, and interpretation as well as presentation and argumentation.

My general research interests include Syntactic Theory, Creole Linguistics, Language Acquisition, and Language Impairment (Down's Syndrome). I am particularly interested in the structure of creole languages and in a theory of creole development, and in finding out what the study of creole languages can offer general linguistic theory and a theory of language acquisition.

My current research projects include a description of the grammars of French creoles, the grammatical development of creole-speaking Down's Syndrome children and adults, and language mixing between creoles and Bhojpuri (an Indian language) in former colonies with a large Indian diaspora.

Beside a number of book chapters, I have published in several Linguistics journals including Theoretical Linguistics, Linguistics, Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages, and Acta Linguistica Hafniensia. I have also co-edited, with Dr Philip Baker, a book on grammaticalisation in creole languages, Changing Meanings, Changing Functions (University of Westminster Press, 1996) and written a book The syntax of Mauritian Creole (Bloomsbury Publishers, 2012). I am currently working on another book, Descriptive and Comparative Grammar of French Creoles, which is to be published by Routledge in 2016.

I have experience of doctoral supervision, both as main and joint supervisor. I would welcome applications for doctoral research in the area of syntax, including the syntax of creole languages.

I am also a member of the Society of Pidgin and Creole Linguistics and of the Linguistic Association of Great Britain.

2017

French Creoles: A Comprehensive and Comparative Grammar (2017)
Syea, A. 2017. French Creoles: A Comprehensive and Comparative Grammar. Oxford; New York Routledge.

2013

Syntax of Mauritian Creole (2013)
Syea, A. 2013. Syntax of Mauritian Creole. London Continuum.

1996

Changing meanings, changing functions: papers relating to grammaticalization in contact languages (1996)
Baker, P. and Syea, A. (ed.) 1996. Changing meanings, changing functions: papers relating to grammaticalization in contact languages. London, UK University of Westminster Press.

2013

Serial verb constructions in the Indian Ocean Creoles (IOCs): substrate, universal or an independent diachronic development? (2013)
Syea, A. 2013. Serial verb constructions in the Indian Ocean Creoles (IOCs): substrate, universal or an independent diachronic development? Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages. 28 (1), pp. 13-64.
On the structure and development of Saxon-type genitives in Mauritian Creole and the processes of creole formation (2013)
Syea, A. 2013. On the structure and development of Saxon-type genitives in Mauritian Creole and the processes of creole formation. Acta Linguistica Hafniensia: international journal of linguistics. 45 (1), pp. 1-42.

2009

Book review: Review of Noun Phrases in Creole Languages: a multi-faceted approach (eds) Marlyse Baptista and Jacqueline Gueron (2009)
Syea, A. 2009. Book review: Review of Noun Phrases in Creole Languages: a multi-faceted approach (eds) Marlyse Baptista and Jacqueline Gueron. Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages. 24 (1), pp. 193-198.
Oblique subjects in contact languages and the nature of emergent grammars (2009)
Syea, A. 2009. Oblique subjects in contact languages and the nature of emergent grammars. Linguistics. 47 (1), pp. 65-101.

2007

Oblique subjects in contact languages and the nature of emergent grammars (2007)
Syea, A. 2007. Oblique subjects in contact languages and the nature of emergent grammars. Creolica.

1997

Copula, WH-trace and the ECP in Mauritian Creole (1997)
Syea, A. 1997. Copula, WH-trace and the ECP in Mauritian Creole. Linguistics. 35.

1992

The short and long form of verbs in Mauritian Creole: functionalism versus formalism (1992)
Syea, A. 1992. The short and long form of verbs in Mauritian Creole: functionalism versus formalism. Theoretical Linguistics. 18 (31-32).

2011

Double object constructions in Maurtian Creole and their distribution in creole languages: a convergent solution (2011)
Syea, A. 2011. Double object constructions in Maurtian Creole and their distribution in creole languages: a convergent solution. in: Ihemere, K. (ed.) Language contact and language shift: grammatical and sociolinguistic perspectives Munich, Germany Lincom Europa Academic Publishers. pp. 106-137

2007

The development of the noun phrase in Mauritian Creole (2007)
Syea, A. 2007. The development of the noun phrase in Mauritian Creole. in: Baker, P. and Sing, G.F. (ed.) The making of Mauritian Creole London, UK Battlebridge.

2006

Tense, mood and aspect and the Deixis Ordering Principle (2006)
Syea, A. 2006. Tense, mood and aspect and the Deixis Ordering Principle. in: Clements, J.C., Klingler, T.A., Piston-Hatlen, D. and Rottet, K.J. (ed.) History, society, and variation: in honor of Albert Valdman Amsterdam ; Philadelphia John Benjamins.

2002

Future developments in Creole languages: moving away from analyticity (2002)
Syea, A. 2002. Future developments in Creole languages: moving away from analyticity. in: Gilbert, G. (ed.) Pidgin and Creole linguistics in the twenty-first century New York, USA Peter Lang.

2000

Les prenoms et l'absence de prenoms clitiques en Creole Mauricien (2000)
Syea, A. 2000. Les prenoms et l'absence de prenoms clitiques en Creole Mauricien. in: Veronique, D. (ed.) Syntaxe des langues creoles Paris, France Larousse.

1999

Non-nominative subjects in early St. Kitt Creole (1999)
Syea, A. 1999. Non-nominative subjects in early St. Kitt Creole. in: Baker, P. and Bruyn, A. (ed.) St. Kitts and the Atlantic Creoles: the texts of Samuel Augustus Mathews in perspective London, UK University of Westminster Press.

1996

The development of a marker of definiteness in Mauritian Creole (1996)
Syea, A. 1996. The development of a marker of definiteness in Mauritian Creole. in: Baker, P. and Syea, A. (ed.) Changing meanings, changing functions: papers relating to grammaticalization in contact languages London, UK University of Westminster Press.

1994

The development of genitives in Mauritian Creole (1994)
Syea, A. 1994. The development of genitives in Mauritian Creole. in: Adone, D. and Plag, I. (ed.) Creolization and language change Tübingen, Germany Niemeyer.

1993

Null subject in Mauritian Creole and the pro-drop parameter (1993)
Syea, A. 1993. Null subject in Mauritian Creole and the pro-drop parameter. in: Byrne, F. and Holm, J. (ed.) Atlantic meets Pacific: a global view of pidginization and creolization Amsterdam, Netherlands Benjamins.

1991

On the copula in Mauritian Creole, past and present (1991)
Baker, P. and Syea, A. 1991. On the copula in Mauritian Creole, past and present. in: Byrne, F. and Huebner, T. (ed.) Development and structures of Creole languages Amsterdam, Netherlands John Benjamins.

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