Alexandra Chudar.
Alexandra Chudar.
© Alexandra Chudar

Dissertation project

Diminutiveness in the National Varieties of English

  • CV

    Work Experience
    since 11/2022 Research assistant at the chair for English Linguistics, Uni Münster
    09/2016 - 2022 Lecturer of translation/ interpretation studies, Minsk State Linguistic University
    Academic Background
    05/2022 Admission to the Graduate School Empirical and Applied Linguistics, University of Münster
    09/2016 - 06/2017

    MA in General Linguistics, Minsk State Linguistic University

    09/2011 - 06/2016 BA in Intercultural Communication, Minsk State Linguistic University
  • Dissertation project

    Diminutiveness in the National Varieties of English

    Diminutiveness is a universal category that is present in (almost) all languages of the world. Although there are a lot of works about diminutives in English, very few of them consider the category in the national varieties of English, dealing mostly with some particular aspects of the category (see e.g. Dossena 1998, Simpson 2004, Sussex 2004, Bardsley 2010, Wierzbicka 1985, 1992). There is almost no data on the semantic characteristics of diminutives in the national varieties of English. Just two works on Australian English (Kidd et al. 2011; 2016) study the sociolinguistic specificity of diminutives. Such fragmented and sporadic description of particular aspects of diminutive functioning in a limited number of national varieties seems insufficient for understanding diminutiveness and requires a complex analysis of diverse items representing the category under discussion.

    The main research questions of this PhD are therefore as follows:

    What are the instances of diminutive variation in the national varieties of English?

    Which factors cause variation in the national varieties of English?

    What are the attitudes of Australians, New Zealanders and South Africans towards diminutives in the Southern Hemisphere varieties of English?

    The data for the study are retrieved from lexicographical sources and the corpora of the national English varieties (GloWbE and ICE), and statistical methods are applied for the data verification. The results of this work will add to the research of the category of diminutiveness in world languages and provide new data on structural peculiarities and special features of the vocabulary of English varieties, and are important for the description of areal features of the national varieties of English.