Muhammad Alzaidi
PhD Student

I completed my MA in Linguistics in the department, 2010. I have started my PhD in 2010. my research concerns Information Structure in Arabic from LFG perspective. My supervisor is Professor Louisa Sadler.

Academic interests

I am interested in LFG as a framework and also Minimalism. I am also interested in Pragmatics (Relevance Theory) and phonology (Prosody). the topics that draw my attention are Gapping, Right-Node Raising, and ellipsis in general. As you may know these topics are the center of my MA dissertation. Now I am hooked on Information Structure ;).

My linguistic mentality is quite influenced by Prof. Louisa Sadler and Prof. Bob Borsley in this department where they both have convincing arguments that show that Transformational theory in general miss some linguistic facts that constraint-based theories (non-transformational theories)like LFG and HPSG can accommodate easily...

 Dissertation / Papers

Alzaidi, Muhammad. (2010). Gapping and Right Node Raising: an LFG Approach. MA dissertation. Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex.( pdf )

Alzaidi, Muhammad. (2010). In What Way can the Status of the Coronal Place be said to be special.Term paper submitted for the LG404, Theoretical and Descripitive Phonology course.Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex.( pdf )

Alzaidi, Muhammad. (2010). The Analysis of Irony.Term paper submitted for the LG413, Relevance Theory course. Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex.( pdf )

Alzaidi, Muhammad. (2010). Opacity.Term paper submitted for the LG613, Constraint Based Phonology course.Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex.( pdf )

Alzaidi, Muhammad. (2010). Floating Quantifier.Term paper submitted for the LG617, Topics in Lexical Functional Grammar course.Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex.( pdf )

Conference / Presentation

Alzaidi, Muhammad. (2010) Floating Quantifiers: Spector's 2009 LFG Approach, CONS and PROS. Presentation presented at Topics in Lexical FUnctional Grammar Class, University of Essex, UK. ( slides ) ( Essex only)

Alzaidi, Muhammad. (2011) Gapping in Hijazi Arabic: an LFG Approach. presented at Saudi International Conference, University of Warwick, UK. Also Represented at EGCL 16 Conference: university of Essex (PDF)

Reviewing

University of Essex Postgraduate Conference (LangUE10) 2010

University of Essex Postgraduate Conference (LangUE10) 2011

Departmental service

a member of Staff-Taught Student Liaison Committee (2009)

a student representative for departmental meeting (2009)

Membership

a member of Saudi Association for Languages and Translations (2010-present)

a member of Linguistics Association of Great Britain (2010-present)

a member of Linguistic Society of America (2010-present)

a member of the International Lexical Functional Grammar Association (2010-present)

a founder of SAL society (Saudi Linguists Society)(2011) *Informal society (hoping it becomes formal soon;) ) URL: http://www.salsoc.com/index.php

Training Courses

Formal Semantics at Oxford University (2010)

Investigation of Information Structure in many languages at ACTL at University of College London (2010)

Mind Mapping at University of Warwick (2011)

Research Designing at University of Warwick (2011)

Academic Awards

£1890 from Saudi Cultural Bureau in London as result of obtaining MA with Distinction (2010)

Academic Award from Foreign Department at Taif University (during BA degree )

Address

e-mail:  msalza@essex.ac.uk

Muhammad Alzaidi

Language and Linguistics Department

University of Essex

Wivenhoe Park

Colchester CO4 3SQ, UK