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Norman Yeo
Senior Lecturer



I am a syntactician with a serious interest in semantics. My primary interest lies in formal approaches to grammatical variation and the syntax–semantics interface.


University of York

  • Senior Lecturer (2023–)
  • Lecturer (2017–2023)
  • Associate Lecturer (2014–2017)
  • Teaching Fellow (2012–14)
  • PhD Linguistics (2006–10)
  • MA Linguistics (2004–05)

National University of Singapore

  • BA English Language (2001–04)

Departmental roles

  • Programme Leader (Linguistics)
  • PGT/PGR Admissions Tutor

External Roles

  • Treasurer for the Linguistics Association of Great Britain



Areas that I have worked on include:

  • Syntax, semantics, and typology of interrogatives
  • Syntax and semantics of quantification 
  • Syntax and semantics of language contact (especially Singapore English and related varieties)
  • Chinese syntax (A-not-A, ba-constructions, interrogatives, serial verbs)
  • Agreement systems

Research group(s)



  • Syntax (L89M)
  • Syntactic Theory (L26M)
  • Directed Readings in Syntax (L106M)
  • Morphology and Syntax (L11C)
  • Aspects of a Theory of Syntax (L16I)

Contact details

Norman Yeo
Senior Lecturer
Department of Language and Linguistic Science