bookwatch2 October 29, 2014

Danielle, Dorothea, Laurel and Maciej at NWAV

October 27, 2014



PhD alumnae Danielle Turton and Dorothea Hoffmann, and staff members Laurel MacKenzie and Maciej Baranowski, have this week been in Chicago for NWAV 43. Manchet’s correspondent on the ground reports that it was a great conference, the weather in Chicago was terrific, the Manchester crowd’s talks had an excellent turnout, and there was a charming […]

Nadiia Denhovska at Langwidge Sandwidge

October 24, 2014


In the first Sandwidge talk after Reading Week, LEL/Psychology PhD student Nadiia Denhovska will be speaking on Frequency and Animacy Effects in the Acquisition of a Noun-Adjective Agreement Rule in L2 under Incidental Learning Conditions. The talk will be in Samuel Alexander A214 on 4th Nov at 1pm. Here’s the abstract: Previous research on implicit […]

“Incredibly lovely and welcoming”

October 23, 2014



LEL PhD student Julia Kolkmann has a feature-length interview in Manchester’s 2015 postgraduate prospectus! The division of LEL is described on p79, followed by a two-page feature with Julia, who credits an “incredibly lovely and welcoming” department for her stay. Julia says: “I self-funded a year abroad here in 2009 because I wanted to do […]

mFiL 2014 programme available!

October 20, 2014



The programme for this year’s Manchester New Researchers Forum in Linguistics is now available to view! The programme is packed with everything that we linguists know and love, and then some: from psycholinguistics to historical linguistics, from semantics to phonetics, from nuclear physicists and heavy drinkers to the classified football results. And a good number […]

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

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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 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 […]


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