Growth in Grammar

Core team

Professor Debra Myhill 

Debra’s research interests centre upon: composing processes in writing; the role of grammar and metalinguistic understanding in writing; the relationship between talk and writing.
Dr Philip Durrant The majority of Philip's research uses corpus-linguistic methods to study the language of academic writing, both at school and university levels. He also has ongoing interests in language testing and in the learning and use of formulaic language.
Mark Brenchley Mark's main interest lies in the nature of syntactic knowledge, focusing on its acquisition and later development within a wider framework of “communicative competence”, and with a particular emphasis on the use of corpus-based analytical techniques to better understand this knowledge. He is also interested in the general relationship between language and education, together with the possibility of helping develop what might be termed a genuinely "educational" theory of language.