Dr Michelle Sheehan

Reader in Linguistics at Anglia Ruskin University


Reader in Linguistics, Anglia Ruskin University

Michelle has been at ARU since August 2015, being promoted to Reader in 2017. Before that, she worked as a researcher at the Universities of Newcastle, Durham and Cambridge on a variety of collaborative projects.

She is interested in the structure of language (syntactic theory), how languages vary and how we can model this variation (typology, comparative syntax) and how structure and meaning interact (syntax/semantics interface). She has a particular interest in languages descended from Latin (Romance languages), especially Spanish and Portuguese varieties and in the study of language universals from a variety of perspectives.

Michelle also leads the project Linguistics in Modern Foreign Languages (run with colleagues at Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge and Queen Mary University of London). This project aims to introduce secondary language students to linguistics. So far, the project has run for students of German, French and Spanish A-level, but it will soon be expanded to include heritage languages such as Portuguese and Greek. For a concise overview of the project’s philosophy see https://www.tes.com/news/teaching-linguistics-improves-language-skills. To keep updated, follow us on Twitter: @InMfl.

Michelle is currently collaborating with a number of colleagues in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, and Brazil on issues related to argument structure (ditransitive and causative constructions), case and agreement (experimental and theoretical perspectives) and unexpressed arguments (Control).

  • 11 June 2020, 9:30am

    CSaP Annual Conference Seminar Series 2020

    This year instead of holding a one-day annual conference in London, we will be delivering a series of virtual seminars in May and June on topics that CSaP and our network have worked on over the past year