Dr Gabriel Ozon

PhD (University College London)


Room 1.20, Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA

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email : g.ozon@sheffield.ac.uk


I joined the School of English as a Teaching Fellow in Applied Linguistics in 2013. Previously, I worked at the University of Sussex, Queen Mary University of London, and University College London (where I completed my PhD research).

My current research topics include (i) verbal complementation (light verb constructions and serial verb constructions) in World Englishes, (ii) valency-changing processes in contact varieties, (iii) grammaticalisation, (iv) contact-induced language change, in particular in connection with language acquisition, and (v) Englishes in Europe.


Both my teaching and my research have engendered a keen interest in linguistic variation, a significant influence in my current projects. My interest in language favours the application of quantitative (corpus linguistics) techniques in order to extract patterns and conditions of use from authentic data. My research looks into the sociolinguistics of grammar, i.e. how and to what extent the wider (sociolinguistic) context of language use impinges on formal grammatical structures. In this regard, my research is amenable to areas such as syntax (especially verbal complementation), (recent) variation and change, spoken language, dialect variation, World Englishes, creole languages, language contact, and language acquisition.

Along with Melanie Green (Sussex) and Miriam Ayafor (Yaounde I), I am in the second year of a research project which aims to build a small corpus of Cameroon Pidgin English (CPE). This is supported by a British Academy/Leverhulme Grant.


I teach both on the BA in English Language and Linguistics and on the MA in Applied Linguistics, on modules such as:

  • Structure of English
  • English Grammar and Discourse
  • Using Corpora in Applied Linguistics
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • World Englishes
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Introduction to Research Methods in Linguistics

I’ve recently published a textbook on the grammar of words and sentences (helpfully called English Words and Sentences!), published as part of the CIEL series by Cambridge University Press (see http://preview.tinyurl.com/ogayzbh ) and co-written with my colleague Eva Eppler. I’ve written a chapter on language acquisition and language contact for the forthcoming Handbook of Language Contact (for Oxford University Press), plus a number of journal articles on certain grammatical aspects of CPE for World Englishes and the Journal of Language Contact. My colleague Andrew Linn is writing and editing a volume on Englishes in Europe (Mouton), to which I’m contributing a couple of sections (on the notion of the native speaker, and on Englishes in Europe and beyond).

Some of these publications are available online from http://usheffield.academia.edu/GabrielOzon.