mfilprog October 20, 2014

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 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 […]

LinguistMix with Schultze-Berndt and Kim

October 13, 2014



This Thursday (16th Oct), 17.30-19.30, in University Place 6.207, the famed LinguistMix returns! In case you haven’t heard about it, LinguistMix is a student-run event (usually fortnightly) running throughout both semesters. We have two 20-minute talks with a break for refreshments and a chance for staff and students to mix – hence ‘LinguistMix’. Talks are […]

Talk and masterclass by Daniel Gutzmann

October 12, 2014



Frankfurt’s Daniel Gutzmann will be giving an LEL Research Seminar talk on Tuesday 21st October and a masterclass on Wednesday 22nd October. The talk title is Descriptions, Reference, and Use-conditional Semantics, and presents joint work with Eric McCready (Tokyo). Here’s the abstract: Referential uses of descriptions have been extensively studied from both semantic and pragmatic […]


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