Daniel Burkle


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Harrington Building, HA141

+44 (0) 1772 89 6404

Subject Areas: English and Linguistics

Daniel's research, teaching, and supervision interests lie in the field of psycholinguistics: How exactly do we understand and use language, and how do expectations and experience affect these processes? Daniel also works on methodological questions, such as statistical tests for different types of data, modifying established research methods so they can be used with participant groups like children or people with disabilities, and open-source research technology.

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Most recently, Daniel has researched the acquisition of the English dative alternation for his PhD at the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand). The English dative alternation is the phenomenon that speakers can choose between structures like "Rick gave Kate a coffee" and structures like "Rick gave a coffee to Kate" for many ditransitive verbs. This choice appears to be driven by multiple factors as soon as children start using both structures, which supports an emerging consensus that the same factors affect these types of choices in different times, structures, even languages.

Daniel's research and teaching are informed by this: he is interested in answering complex and fundamental questions with tools (experiments, statistics) that are as complex as they need to be, but not more so. Creative ideas of doing so can come from well-established researchers just as well as from students, and so Daniel believes it is important to teach recent and empirically-founded results and to involve students in research.


MA English Language and Linguistics, University of Konstanz (Germany), 2011
BA English, University of Stuttgart (Germany), 2009

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

LG1103 Language variation in society
LG2117 Language, mind and brain
LG3117 Clinical linguistics and language pathology
LG 2983/3983 Student-initiated module
LG3992 English language and Linguistics dissertation


Member of the Linguistic Society of New Zealand