Syntactic Reconstruction and Proto-Germanic

August 21, 2014


Syntactic Reconstruction and Proto-Germanic

It’s August 21st, which can only mean one thing: LEL lecturer George Walkden’s new book is here! The book, Syntactic Reconstruction and Proto-Germanic (OUP, 2014), is a revised version of George’s PhD dissertation. From the blurb: This book offers reconstructions of various syntactic properties of Proto-Germanic, including verb position in main clauses, the syntax of […]

Even more ways of analyzing variation

August 19, 2014


As usual, Manchester is sending a squad to New Ways of Analyzing Variation 43 in Illinois this October (check out the line-up for previous years). Here’s the run-down: Danielle Turton and Maciej Baranowski: T[ʉ] c[ʉɫ] for sch[ʉɫ]: the interaction of /l/-darkening and /u/-fronting in Manchester Maciej Baranowski: The NORTH-FORCE merger in Manchester Laurel MacKenzie: Testing […]

Genitive variation in English: everything you ever wanted to know

August 17, 2014



In a blog post for Cambridge Extra, LEL prof John Payne and former LEL lecturer Eva Berlage (now junior professor in Hamburg) have outlined the contents of the latest special issue of English Language and Linguistics: everything you ever wanted to know about the genitive alternation in English! The special issue, edited by John and […]

Mancunians at #MethodsXV

August 15, 2014

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Manchet previously reported on the solid LEL representation at Methods in Dialectology XV, Groningen, this week. Here’s a picture of the team having fun! From left to right: Patrycja Strycharczuk, Jonathan Morris, Danielle Turton, Maciej Baranowski, Laurel MacKenzie, and George Bailey.

National Student Survey success

August 13, 2014

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The 2014 National Student Survey results have seen a huge surge in popularity for LEL’s courses! Two of our BA programmes – Linguistics, and Linguistics and Sociology – managed to achieve the elusive 100% student satisfaction rate, with English Language and Screen Studies also in the 90s. Linguistics in particular has jumped from 61% in […]

LAGB: from Oxford Road to Oxford

August 9, 2014

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The provisional programme for the Linguistic Association of Great Britain’s 2014 meeting in Oxford, 1st-5th September at Queen’s College, has been released, and Manchester is predictably well represented. In the pre-workshop postgraduate summer school on 1st September, Kersti Börjars and George Walkden are delivering a session on academic publishing: Kersti will be talking about the […]


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