Ms Eve Suharwardy

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Overview

I am an AHRC-funded PhD researcher in Linguistics at the University of Manchester. I am supervised by Dr Vera Hohaus and Professor Andrew-Koontz-Garboden on my project: 'A study of temporal comparison in English and Malay'.

Biography

I am an AHRC-funded, first-year PhD student in the department of Linguistics at the University of Manchester. I am a theoretical linguist, predominantly interested in semantics and the syntax-semantics interface, and linguistic fieldworker. My main research focuses on gradability (i.e. degree semantics) or more specifically, comparison. Languages that I have worked on include English, Secwepemctsín (Northern Interior Salish) and Malay (Austronesian). For Secwepmctsín and Malay, I carry out fieldwork in order to obtain relvant data.

My project ('A study of temporal comparison in English and Malay') is an investigation into temporal comparison in these two languages. We use comparison to order people or objects relative to each other, see (1). Temporal comparatives are used to order events relative to each other, see (2). We also use before/after phrases to place an ordering on events, see (3). Therefore, temporal comparatives and before/after phrases are two different expressions of temporal comparison.

(1) Leila is taller than Eve (is).
(2) Leila arrived later than Eve (arrived).                
(3) Leila arrived after Eve (arrived).    

(1), (2), and (3) are related, in fact (2) and (3) are synonymous. However, they have been treated independently in the literature so far. The primary goal of this project is to investigate precisely how much temporal comparatives and before/after phrases have in common compositionally in the two languages in the sample, and how and whether this composition is subject to variation.

Qualifications

  • MA Linguistics, University of British Columbia (2022)
  • MA Linguistics, University of Manchester (2019)
  • BA (Hons) Spanish and Portuguese, King's College London (2017)