“Incredibly lovely and welcoming”

October 23, 2014



LEL PhD student Julia Kolkmann has a feature-length interview in Manchester’s 2015 postgraduate prospectus! The division of LEL is described on p79, followed by a two-page feature with Julia, who credits an “incredibly lovely and welcoming” department for her stay. Julia says: “I self-funded a year abroad here in 2009 because I wanted to do […]

mFiL 2014 programme available!

October 20, 2014



The programme for this year’s Manchester New Researchers Forum in Linguistics is now available to view! The programme is packed with everything that we linguists know and love, and then some: from psycholinguistics to historical linguistics, from semantics to phonetics, from nuclear physicists and heavy drinkers to the classified football results. And a good number […]

Linguistic necromancy for the uninitiated

October 19, 2014



George Walkden has written a blog post about linguistic reconstruction, which is currently featured on OUP Academic’s blog. The post introduces language families and what it means to reconstruct linguistic features, before a brief mention of syntactic reconstruction – the topic of George’s recent book Syntactic Reconstruction and Proto-Germanic. If you’re unfamiliar with this field […]

Mapping variation in English

October 16, 2014



The UK dialect maps created by Laurel MacKenzie and her legion of undergraduate field researchers now have a new home! At http://projects.alc.manchester.ac.uk/ukdialectmaps/ you can view all the maps. The site comes with instructions on how to use them as well as credits for Laurel’s helpers and the many students of Language Variation & Change who […]

Murphy vivaed!

October 15, 2014



LEL’s own James Murphy (on whom see Manchet posts passim) has passed his viva! James, who has started a lectureship at UWE, is one of Manchester LEL’s great success stories, and we wish him all the best for the future. Featured image: James at a modest post-viva champagne celebration in hi supervisor Maj-Britt’s office, together […]

Posted in: postgraduate, pragmatics

Q-Step: Stepping Out

October 14, 2014



This Tuesday, the Q-Step programme, on which Manchet has previously reported, held its closing event for the 2014 summer projects, “Stepping Out”. There were three student interns from LEL: Camilla Barlow, BA Linguistics, Project: An investigation of Morphvox Pro Voice Changer, supervisor: Martin Barry Donald Morrison, BA Linguistics, Project: Variation in Early Middle English negation […]


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