Dr Geri Popova

Staff details

Position Lecturer in Linguistics
Email g.popova (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7437

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.


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.

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. 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

Popova, Gergana. 2020. Derivational Networks in English. In: Lívia Körtvélyessy; Alexandra Bagasheva and Pavol Štekauer, eds. Derivational Networks Across Languages. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 147-155. ISBN 9783110686494

Popova, Gergana and Spencer, Andrew. 2020. Stacked Periphrases. In: Teodora Radeva-Bork and Peter Kosta, eds. Current development in Slavic linguistics: Twenty years after. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, pp. 217-228. ISBN 9783631676738

Bowie, Jill and Popova, Gergana. 2019. Grammar and Discourse. In: Bas Aarts; Jill Bowie and Gergana Popova, eds. The Oxford Handbook of English Grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 554-580. ISBN 9780198755104

Pansegrau, Petra and Popova, Gergana. 2018. Framing Science: Discourses and Representations in UK and Germany. In: Martin Bauer; Petra Pansergrau and Rajesh Shukla, eds. The Cultural Authority of Science: Comparing Across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. London: Routledge, pp. 105-121. ISBN 9781138059924

Spencer, Andrew and Popova, Gergana. 2015. Periphrasis and Inflection. In: Matthew Baerman, ed. The Oxford Handbook of Inflection. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 197-232. ISBN 9780199591428

Popova, Gergana. 2005. ‘Integrating Nominalisations into a (Generalised) Paradigm Function Model of Morphology’. In: Gergana Popova; Ryo Otoguro and Andrew Spencer, eds. Essex Research Reports in Linguistics 47. Department of Language and Linguistics. University of Essex.

Popova, Gergana; Aarts, Bas; Denison, David and Keizer, Evelien. 2004. ‘The Nature of Grammatical Categories and Their Representation’. In: Gergana Popova; Bas Aarts; David Denison and Evelien Keizer, eds. Fuzzy Grammar: A Reader. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 1-28. ISBN 978-0199262571

Popova, Gergana; Simov, Kiril and Osenova, Petya. 2002. ‘An HPSG-based Syntactic Treebank of Bulgarian (BulTreeBank)’. In: Anthony McEnery; Paul Rayson and Andrew Wilson, eds. A Rainbow of corpora: Corpus Linguistics and the Languages of the world. Munich: Lincom Europa, pp. 135-142. ISBN 978-3895868726


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

Kuteva, Tania; Aarts, Bas; Popova, Gergana and Abbi, Anvita. 2019. The grammar of 'non-realization'. Studies in Language, 43(4), pp. 850-895. ISSN 0378-4177

Popova, Gergana. 2019. Book review: Thomas W. Stewart, Contemporary morphological theories: A user's guide, 2016. Folia Linguistica, 53(2), pp. 585-591. ISSN 0165-4004

Popova, Gergana. 2017. Constructions, grammatical status and morphologization. Studies in Language, 41(1), pp. 1-32. ISSN 0378-4177

Popova, Gergana. 2004. Bulgarian Aspect in Paradigm-Function Morphology. York Papers in Linguistics, 2(2), pp. 79-92. ISSN 1758-0315

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