AJ Murphy

Anyssa (AJ) Murphy is a PhD. candidate at the University of South Carolina, studying historical syntax. While her PhD. studies focus on Germanic, namely Old English, she has worked with both Latin and Greek. Her work primarily engages with the syntax-semantics interface, and how both are affected by situations of language conflict and contact. Her work takes a socio-historical linguistic approach, believing that historical linguistic approaches which take language outside of its social context miss a fundamental truth about the language they study. She is currently working on her dissertation, entitled “Exploring Old English passives: a statistical, Germanic approach.”