50 years of linguistics in Manchester

April 17, 2014



Manchet previously reported that the Department of Linguistics at the Victoria University of Manchester was founded 50 years ago. On May 10th we’re celebrating this longevity by holding a party, and we’d like you to come! The event is called Reflections on Language, and runs from 10am-4pm on Saturday 10th May. It features short, accessible […]

Social responsibility in the curriculum

April 15, 2014



Laurel MacKenzie has received a Social Responsibility in the Curriculum grant! The grant, funded by the Humanities External Relations Committee (HERC), will be used to initiate an educational outreach project with local schools involving the dialect maps website. Students enrolled in Language Variation and Change will have the opportunity go into English Language A-level classes […]

LEL Easter conference round-up

April 14, 2014


As usual, Manchester’s sociolinguists and historical linguists have been getting around, inserting themselves into the programmes of goodness knows how many conferences. Here’s a run-down of some of them: BAAP 2014 (last week): Michaela Hejná: Vocalic conditioning of pre-aspiration in Aberystwyth English Danielle Turton: Ultrasound evidence for gradient and categorical components of English /l/-lenition processes […]

Learning through research

April 13, 2014


LEL lecturers Wendell Kimper and Laurel MacKenzie have received grants to support their innovative integration of research into teaching! Wendell’s project relates to the Experimental Phonetics module, and will provide teaching assistant support for amassing a broader collection of primary source materials to use in class. He’ll also be running a showcase event next year […]

Q-Step summer projects for undergraduates

April 8, 2014



This year, Manchester’s new Q-Step Centre is offering a range of summer internships for current undergraduate students! Projects are open to students on any LEL course (and others) who are taking the pre-requisite course units: within LEL, this means being a current second-year student and taking the module Language Variation and Change. Most projects will […]

Valuing community languages

April 7, 2014


Multilingual Manchester

Multilingual Manchester is hosting a two-day workshop on Valuing community languages: policy impact of research into urban multilingualism. The workshop will take place in early May and features researchers who have been exploring urban multilingualism around Europe, accompanied by panels with stakeholders from local government, businesses, and linguistic minority communities. There will also be presentations […]


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