10yuni December 19, 2014

Merry REFmas!

December 18, 2014



The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 were released today, and they cement Manchester LEL’s reputation as a top research department! LEL returned a joint submission with colleagues in Modern Languages. Overall, 41% of the submission was judged 4* (world-leading) and 39% was judged 3* (internationally excellent), adding up to 80% in the […]

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Rescuing ladybirds in the lab

December 16, 2014



Denizens of the Phonetics Lab have come up with a new way to be environmentally responsible! The Phonetics Lab has become a destination of choice for ladybirds, who want to find somewhere safe to hibernate. Unfortunately, the lab isn’t a great place for them to do so. The heating in buildings can wake them up […]

What happens after grammaticalization?

December 15, 2014



A special issue of Language Sciences dedicated to secondary grammaticalization and other late stage processes has just been published, with LEL’s Tine Breban as one of the editors! The issue originates in a workshop held at ICHL 21 in Oslo, 2013. It contains papers by many leading scholars of grammaticalization, including Breban herself. In a […]

Ten Minutes With… Laurel MacKenzie

December 12, 2014



Next to subject herself to our panic-inducing interrogation is Laurel MacKenzie, lecturer in English Linguistics specialising in sociolinguistics and language variation. Laurel grew up in Texas but soon escaped to California where she studied Linguistics and French and later did her PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. A former LEL PhD student, Danielle Turton, told […]

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Baranowski on the board of LVC

December 11, 2014


LEL senior lecturer Maciej Baranowski has just accepted a three-year appointment as a member of the Editorial Board of Language Variation and Change, the top journal in variationist sociolinguistics. Congratulations, Maciej!

Mancunians at ÖLT

December 10, 2014



At the 41st Österreichische Linguistiktagung in Vienna last weekend there was a workshop on diachronic syntax, an area in which Manchester has always had a strong research presence. Predictably, the workshop featured a number of current and former Manchester linguists, including lecturer George Walkden, professor emeritus Nigel Vincent, PhD alumnus Adam Ledgeway, former postdoctoral researcher […]


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