Quang Anh Le

Quang Anh Le

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics


I'm a theoretical linguist interested in the interaction between semantics and syntax (syntax-semantics interface). I focus on the grammars of the languages situating on the further analytic end of the analytic-synthetic spectrum, especially Mainland South East Asian (MSEA) languages. In particular, I am intrigued by the very creation of different grammatical categories that seems to be from the perspective of accommodating overt grammatical morphemes thus overlooking the prevalent covert pattern of grammatical marking in highly analytic languages. My PhD thesis is a functional account of the categorisation of time-marking particles in Vietnamese, in which I argue that these words are discourse particles of sequentiality but have been fallaciously analysed as morphosyntactic markers of Tense-Aspect-Mood (TAM).

I'm a theoretical linguist interested in the interaction between semantics and syntax (syntax-semantics interface). I focus on the grammars of the languages situating on the further analytic end of the analytic-synthetic spectrum, especially Mainland South East Asian (MSEA) languages. In particular, I am intrigued by the very creation of different grammatical categories that seems to  be from the perspective of accommodating overt grammatical morphemes thus overlooking the prevalent covert pattern of grammatical marking in highly analytic languages. My PhD thesis is a functional account of the categorisation of time-marking particles in Vietnamese, in which I argue that these words are discourse particles of sequentiality but have been fallaciously analysed as morphosyntactic markers of Tense-Aspect-Mood (TAM).

Research Interests include:

  • Tense-Aspect-Mood (TAM)
  • MSEA languages, analytic (isolating) languages
  • Syntax-semantics interface
  • Grammaticalization theory
  • Spatial and temporal systems of deixis
  • Particles, discourse particles
  • Quantitative methods in text narrative
  • Semiotics, History of linguistics
  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2021 - ongoing Associate Lecturer Flinders University
    2020 - ongoing Doctor of Philosophy Candidate University of Adelaide
    2020 - ongoing Tutor and Assessment Marker University of Adelaide
    2019 - 2020 Master of Philosophy Candidate University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2020 Scholarship University Of Adelaide Research Scholarships (UARS) - International Students The University of Adelaide Australia International tuition fee waiver of AUD 35,500 per annum plus a living allowance of AUD 28,597 per annum
    2019 Scholarship Master of Philosophy (No Honours) International Scholarship The University of Adelaide Australia International tuition fee waiver of AUD 34,500 per annum plus a living allowance of AUD 22,500 per annum
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    German Can read and understand spoken
    Latin Can read
    Vietnamese Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2016 - 2018 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts (Advanced)
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