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Dr Glyn Hicks BA, MA, PhD

Associate Professor in Linguistics

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Dr Glyn Hicks is an Associate Professor in Linguistics and Head of Linguistics in Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton.

I joined Modern Languages and Linguistics in 2007, after completing a BA in French and Linguistics at the University of York, followed by an MA and PhD in Linguistics, also at York. My research specialises in generative syntax and I teach modules in linguistics focussing on theoretical approaches to the grammatical properties of language.

Research interests

My research focuses on syntactic theory and the architecture of the language faculty, including generative approaches to language acquisition and language attrition. My research in syntax has focused on Minimalist approaches to tough-movement constructions and the syntactic properties of pronouns (binding theory).

Conference organisation

Organiser, Workshop on Complex Systems in Linguistics at the University of Southampton, September 2011.

Co-organiser, Romance Turn 3 conference, Southampton, September 2008.

Co-organiser, annual York-Essex Morphology Meeting (YEMM), 2003 to 2007.

Recent conference presentations

  • L1 attrition in a multidialectal setting: Input and Intake in L1 Spanish null and postverbal subjects. With L. Dominguez. International Conference on Language Attrition 3, University of Essex, July 2016.
  • Synchronic change in a multidialectal community: evidence from Spanish null and postverbal subjects. With L. Dominguez. Hispanic Linguistics Symposium 2014, Purdue University, November 2014.
  • ‘Tough' and ‘Easy' Experiences: What can they tell us about the syntax of the ‘Tough' construction?  Invited presentation, University of Leeds, February 2013.
  • Reanalysing the L2 acquisition of anaphoric binding. With H.-J. Song and L. Domínguez. Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD) 36, November 2011.
  • Adjunct extraposition and the wide/narrow focus distinction. With M. Reeve. LAGB Autumn Meeting, University of Manchester, September 2011.
  • The role of syntactic features in L2 acquisition: Korean L1/English L2 reflexives. With H.-J. Song and L. Dominguez. LAGB Autumn Meeting, University of Manchester, September 2011.
  • The acquisition of anaphoric binding by Korean speakers of English: a feature-based account. With H.-J. Song and L. Dominguez. GALA 2011, University of Thessaloniki, September 2011.
  • Complexity and/or Minimalism(?). With M. Reeve. Workshop on Complex Systems in Linguistics,
  • Cross-Germanic Variation in Binding Condition B. 24th Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop, Hogeschool-Universiteit, Brussels, May 2009.
  • Merging Specifiers on the Right. Invited lecture, University of York, May 2009. Taking care of 'yourselves' - and 'each other': reflections on reflexives and reciprocals. Centre for Applied Language Research, University of Southampton, March 2008.
  • Capturing variation in Condition B effects across Germanic languages. Poster presentation, Formal Approaches to Variation in Syntax conference, The University of York, May 2007.
  • Why the Binding Theory doesn’t apply at LF. Binding Theory and Reflexivity Workshop, Universität Stuttgart, October 2005.
  • Binding Theory and its consequences for features, phases, and derivations. Linguistics Association of Great Britain meeting, Cambridge, September 2005.
  • Is minimalism enough for anaphora? Linguistics Association of Great Britain meeting, The University of Surrey at Roehampton, August 2004. Also the 7th Durham Postgraduate Conference in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, June 2004.
  • Deriving Null Operator Constructions with Control and Raising: evidence from tough movement. North East Syntax Society meeting, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, May 2004.
  • ‘Tough' Predicates and Their Arguments in English ‘Tough' Constructions. Invited presentation, Université Lille III workshop on the argument structure of adjectives, January 2013.

Research project(s)

Complexity in Language - Dormant

This 15 month project explores the implications of viewing the grammars of natural languages as complex adaptive systems, and identifies new methodologies for linguistic research within complexity science.

What happens to the grammar of your native language when you frequently use a second language?

The AHRC have awarded them a research grant of £578,951 for their project, “Vulnerable native grammars: the effects of limited input in native language attrition”.  

I am the Head of the Linguistics section in the department of Modern Languages and Linguistics. I am also the co-director of programmes in Modern Languages and Linguistics, with responsibility for taught postgraduate programmes.

I am currently external examiner for undergraduate programmes in linguistics at Queen Mary, University of London.

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Book Chapters


  • Hicks, G. (2005). Talking tough: a minimalist account for tough movement. In N. Katsos, E. Daskalaki, M. Mavrogiogos, & M. Reeve (Eds.), CamLing 2004: Proceedings of the Second Postgraduate Conference in Language Research Cambridge, GB: The Cambridge Institute of Language Research.


I convene a number of undergraduate modules in linguistics: Elements of Linguistics, Exploring French Linguistics, Syntax, and Advanced Syntax. I have also contributed to a number of other undergraduate and postgraduate modules in recent years, including Applications of Linguistics, Psycholinguistics and Description of Language.

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