Professor of Syntax (Linguistics and English Language Representative)
Professor Heycock's work is in the area of theoretical syntax, with particular reference to English and the other Germanic languages, and to Japanese. The topics that she is interested in tend to be at the borderline of syntax and semantics. Recent and current research topics include reconstruction phenomena, equatives and other copular constructions, particularly pseudoclefts, the syntax and semantics of (especially) nominal conjunction, and syntactic attrition in the native language of advanced learners of a second language. Together with Professor Antonella Sorace and Professor Zakaris Svabo Hansen, she has been working on a 3-year project investigating variation and change in the syntax of Faroese.