Daniel Burkle

Daniel Burkle

Lecturer in Psycholinguistics

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Livesey House, LH114

+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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In researching the acquisition of the English dative alternation (the phenomenon that speakers can choose between structures like "Rick gave Kate a coffee" and structures like "Rick gave a coffee to Kate" for may ditransitive verbs), Daniel. 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 – from having research projects as part of assessment to the annual Undergraduate Research Internship scheme.


  • PhD Linguistics, University of Canterbury (New Zealand), 2015
  • 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
  • LG2103 Sociolinguistics
  • LG2117 Language, mind and brain
  • LG3117 Clinical linguistics and language pathology
  • LG3992 English language and Linguistics dissertation   


Member of the Linguistic Society of New Zealand

Research Activities:

Current research interests and projects include the production and perception of small pronunciation contrasts (in coarticulation, or to differentiate supposedly homophonous morphemes or words) and cues to age in speakers' voices.

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