Dr Geri Popova

Geri’s research to date has been in theoretical linguistics, focussing on morphology and lexical semantics.

Staff details


Senior Lecturer


English and Creative Writing


g.popova (@gold.ac.uk)

Academic qualifications

  • MA in English Language and Literature, Sofia University, Bulgaria, 1995
  • PhD University of Essex, UK, 2006

Prior to joining Goldsmiths in 2007, Dr Geri Popova was a Lecturer at Sofia University 1996 – 2000; Visiting Lecturer at Middlesex University 2003-2007; Associate Lecturer at The Open University 2003 – 2007; and Visiting Lecturer at King’s College London October 2005 – January 2006.


Geri teaches on the core courses and two option modules of the MA in Sociocultural Linguistics/MA in Multilingualism, Linguistics and Education. Geri also teaches and convenes the BA courses Introduction to the Study of Language and Words: Meaning and Contexts of Use.


Publications and research outputs

Edited Book

Aarts, Bas; Bowie, Jill and Popova, Gergana, eds. 2019. The Oxford Handbook of English Grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198755104

Popova, Gergana; Aarts, Bas; Denison, David and Keizer, Evelien, eds. 2004. Fuzzy Grammar: A Reader. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0199262571

Edited Journal

Otoguro, Ryo; Popova, Gergana and Spencer, Andrew, eds. 2005. Proceedings of the York-Essex Morphology Meeting 2, Essex Research Reports in Linguistics. Departmenty of Language and Linguistics, .

Book Section

Popova, Gergana. 2024. From Syntax to Morphology. In: Peter Arkadiev and Franz Rainer, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Historical Morphology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Spencer, Andrew and Popova, Gergana. 2024. Morphology and Syntax in Competition: The Place of Inflectional Periphrasis. In: Adam Ledgeway; Edith Aldridge; Anne Breitbarth; Katalin Kiss É.; Joseph Salmons and Alexandra Simonenko, eds. The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Diachronic Linguistics. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 9781119898016

Popova, Gergana. 2022. English participles in the derivational paradigm. In: Alba E. Ruz; Cristina Fernández-Alcaina and Cristina Lara-Clarez, eds. Paradigms in Word Formation. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp. 319-340. ISBN 9789027257420


Panchendrarajan, Rrubaa; Popova, Gergana and Russell-Rose, Tony. 2024. Crisis talk: analysis of the public debate around the energy crisis and cost of living. Social Network Analysis and Mining, 14, 74. ISSN 1869-5450

Genew-Puhalewa, Iliana and Popova, Gergana. 2023. Bulgarian Evidential Forms and Wierzbicka’s NSM. Slavia Meridionalis, 23, 2938. ISSN 1233-6173

Popova, Gergana and Spencer, Andrew. 2020. Volitional mood in South Slavic with a focus on Bulgarian: a paradigmatic view. Linguistica, 60(1), pp. 61-81. ISSN 0024-3922

Conference or Workshop Item

Popova, Gergana. 2018. 'English Compounds with ing-form heads'. In: The 11th Mediterranean Morphology Meeting. Nicosia, Cyprus 22-25 June 2017.

Popova, Gergana. 2016. 'Inflected and periphrastic features: issues of comparison and modelling'. In: Tenth Mediterranean Morphology Meeting (MMM10). Haifa, Israel 7-10 September 2015.


Popova, Gergana. 2006. Aspect In the Morphological Paradigm. Doctoral thesis, University of Essex

Research Interests

My research to date has been mostly in theoretical linguistics, focusing on morphology and lexical semantics. I have been particularly interested in the category of verbal aspect. I am working currently on multiword constructions – their canonical and non-canonical properties. I am also interested in how data from language acquisition can help understand linguistic phenomena (for example periphrases).  I have worked extensively as a translator and interpreter and this relates to an interest in texts and discourse analysis.