mfilprog October 20, 2014

Linguistic necromancy for the uninitiated

October 19, 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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