PhD Theses

Puig-Mayenco, Eloi. Polarity in L3 English: The Initial Stages and Beyond. Defended March, 5th 2019. Co-supervised with Prof. Jason Rothman (University of Reading and University of Tromsoe) and Dr. Ian Cunnings (University of Reading).

In progress

Eduardo Carrera Pérez. Question tags in English, Spanish and Catalan: A formal perspective (in progress).

Cynthia González Fernández. The Acquisition of SAI in Embedded Questions: From a GenSLA Account to Instruction (in progress; co-supervised with Montserrat Capdevila).

Nieves de la Flor Ponce. The syntax of emphasis in the productions of English by young learners (in progress).

Master’s Theses (Treballs de Fi de Màster)


Irene Recasens. The impact of Emergency Remote Teaching during COVID-19 pandemic in an ELT context: Students’ perceptions. 15/07/2021.


Aleksandra Belousova. Pros and cons of inductive and deductive grammar teaching in adults. 15/07/2020.


Tran Thi Lan Anh. On the acquisition of yes/no-answers to negative questions by advanced Vietnamese learners of English as a Foreign Language.17/07/2018.


Andrea Huerta Bon. On the perception of discourse functions of tag questions by Spanish and Catalan learners of English. 27/7/2017.

Anastasia Deeva. Antropomorphic metaphorical terms in oil and gas terminology in English, Spanish and Russian: A multilinguistic perspective. 28/6/2017.


Kateryna Pron. Internet users’ motivational patterns for the preferences of English loanwords and Ukranian equivalents. (co-supervised with Ana Fernández). 11/7/2016.


Parminder Kaur. Acquisition of Question Tags in Native English Children: an Examination of the Role of Adult Input. 26/7/2013.

BA Final Projects (Treballs de Fi de Grau)


The Head-Parameter and the Null-Subject Parameter Revisited.

The influence of Twitter on the Dialectal Variation of English.

English as a Lingua Franca in International Business Contexts.


Historical Dialectology: The Dialects of Old English.

Exploring Case Assignation in Exceptional Case Marking Clauses: An Open Theoretical Discussion in Minimalist Syntax (Shortlisted for the “Mia Victori Award”, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Departament de Filologia Anglesa i de Germanística)


An Overview of Gender in Translation.

First and Second Language Acquistion Main Theories: A Literature Review.


Scottish English in the TV Show Outlander: How accurately does a Scottish character speak Scots?

Access to the Universal Grammar and Transfer in L2 Acquisition.

A Case Study with Dual Immersion.


Synchronic and Diachronic Analysis of Do-support in English: Cross-linguistic Variation.

The lexical category of adjectives: Challenging the traditional notion.

A synthesis of the debate around the categorization of adjectival items.


Portrayal of Non-Standard English Varieties in the Media: A case study of Scottish, Indian and Chicano English. (Shortlisted for the “Mia Victori Award”, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Departament de Filologia Anglesa i de Germanística).

The Portrayal of African American English in Contemporary Media: Study of a Videogame.

Portraying Scots: Literary Dialect in Thom’s The Tin-kin.

Evaluation of Two Characters’ Performance of the Scottish English Variety in the Film Gosford Park.


Portrayal of African American English in Mainstream Media.

African American Vernacular English: A representation of a non-mainstream variety of English in Kathryn Stockett’s The Help.

Double Modals in the British Isles: Scotland and Northern England.

A Study on Conversion: Morphology-Syntax Boundary and Category Underspecification. (Shortlisted for the “Mia Victori Award”, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Departament de Filologia Anglesa i de Germanística).

A Study and Evaluation of Androcentric Language in Macmillan English Dictionary for Advanced Learners.


Prepositional Phrase recursion in Catalan young learners of English as L3.


The interpretation of answers to negative questions by proficient learners of English as a foreign language.

The controversial origin of English: Prof Dr Jan Terje Faarlund shakes up the history of the globalized language.

The evolution of ‘never’ and its use as a general negator.


First Language Acquisition: Overregularization in English and Spanish verbs.