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Dr Christopher Beedham, Lecturer

Dr Christopher BeedhamContact Details

C.Beedham@st-andrews.ac.uk
Phone: 01334 463657
Office: Buchanan 204

Module surgery hours:
Tuesday, Thursday 11-12

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Research and Teaching

Dr Beedham's research area is the linguistics of modern German (also Russian and English), especially irregular verbs, the passive, structuralism, and methodology. He is developing a 'method of exceptions and their correlations', in which the researcher takes unexplained lexical exceptions to a grammatical rule or form and uses them as a basis for empirical research. The form under investigation either has no known meaning or the meaning is unclear. The aim is to find rules for the formation of the unexplained form in question and at the same time a meaning for it; in this way the method implements Saussure's indivisibility of the linguistic sign. Dr Beedham teaches Honours (= 3rd and 4th year) modules GM3080 'Grammatical Rules and Lexical Exceptions in Modern German' to students of German and ML3201 ‘Grammatical Rules and Lexical Exceptions’ to language students not specialising in German. Dr Beedham invites proposals for a PhD using the method of exceptions and their correlations.

PhD Supervision

Ali Muhammad Akhdier, Samirah Aljohani, Ben CatchpoleMichelle Leese

Publications

Rules and Exceptions: Using Exceptions for Empirical Research in Theoretical Linguistics.  (Reviewed by Winfried Boeder in Linguistische Berichte 2017/251:357-63).
Beedham, C. (ed.), Danks, W. (ed.) & Soselia, E. (ed.) 2014 Oxford: Peter Lang. 277 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Language and Meaning: The Structural Creation of Reality.: The structural creation of reality
Beedham, C. 2005 John Benjamins. 225 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

Langue and parole in synchronic and diachronic perspective:  Selected Proceedings of the XXXIst Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, St Andrews 1998 (Reviewed by John O. Askedal in Studies in Language 2001/25.3:693‑8;  W. Anderson in Linguist List 8.8.2001.  Book notice by John E. Joseph in Historiographica Linguistica 2000/2001 27/2‑3:450)
Beedham, C. (ed.) 1999 Elsevier (incl. Pergamon ). 519 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

German Linguistics: an Introduction (Reviewed by:  C.M. Stevens in Michigan Germanic Studies 1994/XX.2:165‑8;  C.V.J. Russ in The Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies 1995 1996/57:630;  W.J. Dodd in German Teaching December 1996/14:47‑8;  R. Hartmann in Informationen Deutsch als Fremdsprache 1997/24:198‑200;  M.R. Townson in Modern Language Review 1997/92:1004‑6;  H.‑J. Grimm in Deutsch als Fremdsprache 1998/35:247‑8.  Book Notice by P.E. Webber in Language 1997/73:687)
Beedham, C. 1995 Iudicium. 239 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

The Passive Aspect in English, German and Russian (Reviewed by Catherine Chvany in Folia Slavica 1987/88:352‑60)
Beedham, C. 1982 Gunter Narr Verlag. 159 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

 

Exceptions and their correlations: a methodology for research in grammar
Beedham, C. 2014 Rules and Exceptions: Using Exceptions for Empirical Research in Theoretical Linguistics. Beedham, C., Danks, W. & Soselia, E. (eds.). Oxford: Peter Lang, p. 1-40 40 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Starke Verben: Deutsche Morphologie in Harmonie mit Englisch und Russisch [German morphology in harmony with English and Russian]
Beedham, C. 2012 Akten des XII. Internationalen Germanistenkongresses Warschau 2010: Vielheit und Einheit der Germanistik weltweit. Grucza, F. (ed.). Bern: Peter Lang, Vol. 15, p. 27-31 5 p. (Publikationen der Internationalen Vereinigung für Germanistik (IVG))
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

The equivocation of form and notation in generative grammar
Beedham, C. 2010 Chomskyan (R)evolutions: Festschrift on the occasion of E.F.K. Koerner's 70th birthday. Kibbee, D. A. (ed.). Amsterdam: John Benjamins, p. 19-42
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Les verbes irréguliers et la création phonotactique du sens "résultatif" [Irregular verbs and the phonotactic creation of the meaning 'resultative']
Beedham, C. 2010 Res per nomen II: Langue, référence et anthropologie. Frath, P., Lansari, L. & Pauchard, J. (eds.). Reims: EPURE (Editions et Presses universitaires de Reims), p. 329-344
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

La méthode des exceptions lexicales et la relation entre la langue et la réalité [The method of lexical exceptions and the relationship between language and reality]
Beedham, C. 2009 Res per nomen I: Le point sur la référence en langue. Frath, P., Gledhill, C. & Pauchard, J. (eds.). Reims: EPURE (Editions et Presses universitaires de Reims), p. 215-229
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Über die Anwendbarkeit der theoretischen Grammatik in pädagogischen Grammatiken: Saussure, das Passiv und starke Verben. [On the applicability of theoretical grammar in pedagogical grammars: Saussure, the passive and strong verbs]
Beedham, C. 2002 Akten des X. Internationalen Germanistenkongresses Wien 2000. Bern: Peter Lang, p. 37-42
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Introduction
Beedham, C. 1999 C. Beedham (ed.), Langue and parole in synchronic and diachronic perspective: Selected Proceedings of the XXXIst Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, St Andrews 1998. Elsevier/Pergamon, p. 1-15
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Structuralism and lexical exceptions in three languages
Beedham, C. 1998 Proceedings of the Sixteenth International Congress of Linguists (Paris 1997), ed. by B.Caron (CD-ROM). Elsevier/Pergamon, p. Paper No. 0195
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Das deutsche Passiv: Aspekt, nicht Genus verbi [The German passive: aspect, not voice]
Beedham, C. 1990 Proceedings of the Fourteenth International Congress of Linguists (Berlin 1987), ed. by Werner Bahner et al.. Akademie-Verlag, p. 722-725
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

 

A phonotactic link between strong verbs and function words in English
Beedham, C. Oct 2014 In : Word. 2006/57, 2-3, p. 181-93 13 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Eine phonotaktische Verbindung zwischen starken Verben und grammatischen Wörtern der deutschen Gegenwartssprache [A phonotactic link between strong verbs and function words in modern German]
Beedham, C. Oct 2005 In : Deutsch Als Fremdsprache. 42, 3, p. 167-172
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Последовательности "Гласный + Согласный" в простых непродуктивных глаголах на –ать⁄–ять и –еть в русском языке
Beedham, C. Jan 2004 In : Язык и Речевая Деятельность . 7, 1, p. 9-37
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Irregularity in language: Saussure versus Chomsky versus Pinker
Beedham, C. Dec 2002 In : Word. 53, 3, p. 341-367 27 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

A Critique of the Model-Building Approach.  A review of Participial Passive and Aspect in Russian, by M. Schoorlemmer
Beedham, C. Apr 2001 In : Word. 52, 1, p. 79-94 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The Perfect Passive Participle in Russian.  A review of Participial Passive and Aspect in Russian, by M. Schoorlemmer
Beedham, C. Jun 1998 In : Lingua. 105, 1-2, p. 79-94 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Vowel + consonant and consonant + vowel sequences in the strong verbs of German and English
Beedham, C. 1995 In : Cahiers Ferdinand de Saussure. 49, p. 139-163
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Die starken Verben als Analogon zu transitiven, nicht passivfähigen Verben:  eine methodologische Skizze [The strong verbs as analogy to non‑passivizable transitive verbs: a methodological outline].
Beedham, C. 1994 In : Deutsch Als Fremdsprache. 31, 3, p. 163-167
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The role of consonants in marking strong verb conjugation in German and English
Beedham, C. 1994 In : Folia Linguistica. XXVIII, 3-4, p. 279-296 18 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Language varieties and how to teach them.  A review of Variation in German: A critical approach to German sociolinguistics, by S.Barbour and P.Stevenson
Beedham, C. 1993 In : New German Studies. 17, p. 229-255
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

School Grammar and University Linguistics: A Review Article.  A review of The structure of German, by A.Fox
Beedham, C. Jul 1992 In : Modern Language Review. 87, 3, p. 636-651 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Investigating grammar through lexical exceptions: tense and irregular verbs in English, German and Russian
Beedham, C. Dec 1989 In : Journal of Literary Semantics. XVIII, 3, p. 187-202 16 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

English for Computer Science and the formal realization of communicative functions
Beedham, C. & Bloor, M. 1989 In : Fachsprache. 11, 1-2, p. 13-24
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The language of management case studies: discussion
Beedham, C. & Charles, D. 1989 In : Fachsprache. 11, 3-4, p. 135-153
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Видовое значение конструкции «быть + сдрадательное причастие» [The aspectual meaning of the construction ‘byt’ + passive participle’]
Beedham, C. 1988 In : Voprosy Yazykoznania. 6, p. 63-68
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The English passive as an aspect
Beedham, C. Apr 1987 In : Word. 38, 1, p. 1-12 12 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Das deutsche Passiv: Aspekt, nicht Genus verbi [The German passive: aspect, not voice]
Beedham, C. 1987 In : Deutsch Als Fremdsprache. 24, 3, p. 160-165
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Form, Meaning and Syntax as Interdependent Hypotheses
Beedham, C. Apr 1986 In : Journal of Literary Semantics. XV, 1, p. 3-11 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Descriptive Versus Generative Grammar: The Passive
Beedham, C. 1986 In : Language Sciences. 8, 2, p. 103-128
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Language, indoctrination and nuclear arms
Beedham, C. 1983 In : UEA Papers in Linguistics (University of East Anglia). 19, p. 15-29
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The passive in English, German and Russian
Beedham, C. 1981 In : Journal of Linguistics. 17, p. 319-327 9 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The perfect passive participle in English
Beedham, C. 1979 In : Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik. 27, 1, p. 75-81 7 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

 

Die Methode der lexikalischen Ausnahmen:  die Untersuchung von syntaktischen Eigenschaften unregelmäßiger Verben [The method of lexical exceptions: the investigation of syntactic properties of irregular verbs].
Beedham, C. 1994 L.A.U.D. (Linguistische Arbeiten der Universität Duisburg), 44 p.
Research output: Working paper