Dr Willem Hollmann

Dr Willem Hollmann

Senior Lecturer

United Kingdom

Location: C81

Affiliations

UCREL - University Centre for Computer Corpus Research on Language

My research interests are in cognitive-typological linguistics (including construction grammar), language change and the history of English, and (Lancashire) dialect grammar. More recently, I have also started to carry out some work in forensic linguistics -- specifically, in the area of verbal lie detection. In order to shed light on issues in and across these areas I have a keen interest in using different methodologies, ranging from corpora to experimental methods. 

PhD Supervision Interests

I would be happy to receive applications in any of these areas: cognitive-typological linguistic theory (especially construction grammar and the usage-based model), language change and the history of English, dialect grammar, as well as the arsenal of research methods used in all these areas of linguistics.

Research Interests

My research mainly falls into three "strands" (where I use scare quotes to signal that these strands aren't completely separate but overlap to quite a large extent):

  • Cognitive-typological linguistic theory and methodology. I am interested in investigating the scope and limits of the cognitive-typological view of language (especially grammar and semantics, which on this view are very much intertwined), and its associated methodologies (prominently including corpus linguistics). I'm a board member of the UK Cognitive Linguistics Association.
  • Language change and the history of English. I have an active research interest in mechanisms of change, both language-internal (roughly speaking, grammaticalisation) and external (social factors). My research focuses especially on change in English, but that's not so much because of any special interest in this language -- instead, it's mainly because of the excellent availability of historical data.
  • Dialect grammar, particularly of Lancashire dialect. I'm interested in dialect grammar, and do research especially on Lancashire dialect. I don't describe the dialect just for the sake of it -- rather, I try to demonstrate how non-standard language data may, and should, be used to inform linguistic theory at large (which over the course of the history of the discipline has been somewhat preoccupied with standard varieties), including its research methods. Conversely, I also show that traditional dialectology and sociolinguistics may benefit from a stronger interface with advances in (cognitive-typological) theoretical linguistics. This places some of my research within the area of "cognitive sociolinguistics" that has recently been emerging at the interface of these two fields.  

In addition to these areas, I also have an active interest in forensic linguistics -- especially the study of linguistic cues to deception. In this relation I am particularly interested in the possibility that current theories, which have often been suggested by psychologists, might be refined from a theoretical linguistic point of view. 

Papers, chapters, reviews, and my PhD thesis can be downloaded here:

Papers in refereed journals:

Chapters in edited volumes:

  • 2014. Hollmann, Willem B. Word classes: Towards a more comprehensive usage-based account. In Nikolas Gisborne & Willem B. Hollmann (eds.), Theory and data in cognitive linguistics, 211-238. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjmamins. [reprint of 2012]
  • 2013. Hollmann, Willem B. Constructions in cognitive sociolinguistics. In Thomas Hoffmann and Graeme Trousdale (eds.), The Oxford handbook of construction grammar, 491-509. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • 2010. Croft, William, Johanna Barddal, Willem B. Hollmann, Violeta Sotirova, and Chiaki Taoka. Revising Talmy's typological classification of complex events. In Hans C. Boas (ed.), Contrastive construction grammar, 201-236. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • 2009a. Willem B. Semantic change. In Jonathan Culpeper, Francis Katamba, Paul Kerswill, and Tony McEnery (eds.), English language: description, variation and context, 301-313. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • 2009b. Hollmann, Willem B. Grammatical change. In Jonathan Culpeper, Francis Katamba, Paul Kerswill, and Tony McEnery (eds.), English language: description, variation and context, 314-333. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • 2007. Siewierska, Anna and Willem B. Hollmann. Ditransitive clauses in English with special reference to Lancashire dialect. In Mike Hannay and Gerard J. Steen (eds.), Structural-functional studies in English grammar, 83-102. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • 2006. Hollmann, Willem B. Passivisability of English periphrastic causatives. In Stefan Th. Gries and Anatol Stefanowitsch (eds.), Corpora in cognitive linguistics: corpus-based approaches to syntax and lexis, 193-223. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • 2004. Hollmann, Willem B. The iconicity of complementation in Present-day English causatives. In Constantino Maeder, Olga Fischer,and William J. Herlofsky (eds.), Outside-in - inside-out. Iconicity in language and literature Vol. 4, 287-306. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Edited volumes:

PhD thesis:

Other:

  • I reviewed 5 books on language change, grammar, and variation in the English language for the Times Higher Education textbook guide 22 May 2008. The books were Aarts, Bas (2007) Syntactic gradience: the nature of grammatical indeterminacy; Britain, David, ed. (2007) Language in the British isles; Carnie, Andrew (2007) Constituent structure; Denison, David & Richard M. Hogg, eds. (2006) A history of the English language; Heine, Bernd & Tania Kuteva (2007) The genesis of grammar: a reconstruction. The reviews can be downloaded here.

Current Teaching

I convene the following undergraduate and postgraduate modules:

  • LING 222 English Grammar
  • LING 324 Cognitive Linguistics
  • LING 315 Forensic Linguistics
  • LING 490 English Grammar

In addition, I also run modules on English grammar for our Hong Kong and MA in English Language by Distance programmes.

PhD students (current)

I currently supervise or co-supervise 9 PhD students: Nadia AlOrainy, Caterina Guardamagna, Barbara Hindley, Yueyuan Li, Bethan McCarthy, Soyoon Park, Vittorio Tantucci, Shuo Yu and Maya Zara.

PhD students (completed)

  • Monira Al-Mohizea (lectureship at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
  • Efrosini Deligianni (lectureship at the University of New South Wales, Australia)
  • Claire Dembry (language research manager, Cambridge University Press)
  • Steve Disney (senior lectureship at University College Plymouth)
  • Costas Gabrielatos (senior lectureship at Edge Hill University)
  • Marvin Hulin Ren (professorship at North China Electric Power University, Beijing, China)
  • Dan Ponsford
  • Jianming Wu (lectureship at Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou, China)

External Roles

Educational linguistics

I am very active in relation to language/linguistics and education/pedagogy. On the national level, I'm a member of the LAGB's Education Committee, Secretary of the Committee for Linguistics in Education (CLIE), and a member of the UK Linguistics Olympiad committee (UKLO).

I'm also on the board of the UK Cognitive Linguistics Association.

I am one of the reviewers of the QTS Literacy Skills Tests (taken by everyone wishing to obtain a place on a government funded teacher training course in England) for the Department for Education. In addition, I contribute to the evaluation of literacy tests for adults in further education, as part of a new (2013-  ) project run by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

2013

Nouns and verbs in cognitive grammar: where is the 'sound' evidence?

Hollmann, W. 04/2013 In: Cognitive Linguistics. 24, 2, p. 275-308 34 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Constructions in cognitive sociolinguistics

Hollmann, W. 2013 The Oxford Handbook of Construction Grammar. Hoffmann, T. & Trousdale, G. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 491-509 19 p. (Oxford Handbooks)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Sources of BET

Ponsford, D., Hollmann, W. & Siewierska, A. 2013 In: Functions of Language. 20, 1, p. 90-124 35 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2012

Theory and data in cognitive linguistics

Gisborne, N. & Hollmann, W. 2012 In: Studies in Language. 36, 3, p. 463-476 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Theory and data in cognitive linguistics

Gisborne, N. (ed.) & Hollmann, W. (ed.) 2012 In: Studies in Language. 36, 3, p. 463-720 258 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

Word classes: towards a more comprehensive usage-based account

Hollmann, W. 2012 In: Studies in Language. 36, 3, p. 671-698 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2011

The status of frequency, schemas, and identity in Cognitive Sociolinguistics: A case study on definite article reduction

Hollmann, W. & Siewierska, A. 05/2011 In: Cognitive Linguistics. 22, 1, p. 25-54 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2010

Revising Talmy’s typological classification of complex event constructions

Hollmann, W., Croft, W., Barddal, J., Sotirova, V. & Taoka, C. 2010 Contrastive studies in construction grammar. Boas, H. (ed.). Amsterdam: John Benjamins, p. 201-235 35 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

2007

Ditransitive constructions

Siewierska, A. (ed.) & Hollmann, W. (ed.) 2007 Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 171 p. (Functions of Language)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Do we need summary and sequential scanning in (Cognitive) grammar?

Broccias, C. & Hollmann, W. B. 11/2007 In: Cognitive Linguistics. 18, 4, p. 487-522 36 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

A construction grammar account of possessive constructions in Lancashire dialect: some advantages and challenges.

Hollmann, W. B. & Siewierska, A. 07/2007 In: English Language and Linguistics. 11, 2, p. 407-424 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

From language-specific constraints to implicational universals: a cognitive-typological view of the dative alternation.

Hollmann, W. B. 2007 In: Functions of Language. 14, 1, p. 57-78 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Ditransitive clauses in English with special reference to Lancashire dialect.

Siewierska, A. & Hollmann, W. B. 2007 Structural-functional studies in English grammar: in honour of Lachlan Mackenzie. Hannay, M. & Steen, G. J. (eds.). 83 ed. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, p. 83-102 20 p. (Studies in Language Companion Series)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2006

Passivisability of English periphrastic causatives.

Hollmann, W. B. 2006 Corpora in cognitive linguistics: corpus-based approaches to syntax and lexis. Gries, S. T. & Stefanowitsch, A. (eds.). 172 ed. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, p. 193-223 31 p. (Trends in linguistics. Studies and monographs)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Corpora and (the need for) other methods in a study of Lancashire dialect.

Hollmann, W. B. & Siewierska, A. 2006 In: Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik. 54, 2, p. 203-216 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2005

The iconicity of complementation in Present-day English causatives.

Hollmann, W. B. 2005 Outside-in - inside-out: Iconicity in language and literature 4. Maeder, C., Fischer, O. & Herlofsky, W. J. (eds.). Amsterdam: John Benjamins, p. 287-306 20 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

  • Lancashire dialect

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