August 9, 2022

Mancunians at ICHL25

August 5, 2022
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Oxford University is hosting the 25th International Conference on Historical Linguistics this week. The programme features a number of papers with Manchester connections (some of them historical), as highlighted below. Romance GO + infinitive: past and future, home and awayNigel Vincent and Max W. Wheeler Dynamical systems – a standard theory for language change? Henri […]

Graduation photos are in!

July 28, 2022
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It was a record graduation this year with no fewer than five freshly minted linguistics PhDs. Congratulations to Doctors Max Canzi, Kaiyue Xing, Juliette Angot, Colin Rutland and Anh Khoi Nguyen! In the photo, they are flanked by only slightly less recent LEL PhD graduates, George Bailey and Stephen Nichols.

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Tripla AFLA Workshop at Manchester

July 6, 2022
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Last week, Manchester hosted TripleAFLA, a joint conference combining the 9th TripleA workshop for semantic fieldworkers and the 29th annual meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA). The organising team were Vera Hohaus, Jens Hopperdietzel, Margit Bowler, Emily Hanink and Andrew Koontz-Garboden. The conference featured 28 presenters and six invited speakers, and it was attended […]

Successful viva for Roisin Cosnahan 

July 1, 2022
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Congratulations to Roisin Cosnahan, who has passed her viva this morning! The title of Roisin’s dissertation is “The Role of Pragmatics in the Evolution of Negation in Northern Italian Dialects”. She’s been focusing on the uses and diachronic evolution of postverbal negative markers in Lombardian and Venetian varieties from the 13th to the 20th c., […]

LEL hike

June 23, 2022
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It’s been a very exciting academic year, and what better way to celebrate it than a hike? Last weekend, a group of LEL linguists (and friends) made it all the way from Old Glossop to an old plane crash site. Something about this destination could feel metaphorical, but it was a jolly walk enjoyed by […]

Postgraduate Summer Research Showcase award for Barrios-Jurado

June 17, 2022
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A picture is worth a thousand words, but it’s not always easy to capture linguistic topics in an image. Anyone who ever wrote a departmental linguistics blog and had to find images to accompany posts about formal semantics will know exactly what I mean. With this in mind, prepared to be impressed by the achievement […]

Hopperdietzel in Glossa

June 9, 2022
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LEL’s Jens Hopperdietzel has just had a paper published in Glossa. The paper, titled “Talmy’s typology in serializing languages: Variations on a VP” brings in new evidence from Mandarin and Samoan on the typology of resultative constructions. The paper is available Open Access at https://www.glossa-journal.org/article/id/7686/. The abstract is below. “Talmy’s typology in serializing languages: Variations […]

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Cole and Strycharczuk in ‘English Language and Linguistics’

May 17, 2022
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Hot off the press in English Language and Linguistics is “Dialect levelling and Cockney diphthong shift reversal in South East England: the case of the Debden Estate” by Amanda Cole (Essex) and LEL’s Pat Strycharczuk. The study traces the development of traditional Cockney vowels (think “The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plane”) in […]

Colin Bannard at LEL seminar

May 16, 2022
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For the final LEL seminar this semester, we will have our very own Colin Bannard speaking on “Accounting for multiword frequency effects in a compositional model of language production”. The talk will be on Tuesday 17th May at 4pm in Samuel Alexander A201 and on Zoom. All are welcome! Accounting for multiword frequency effects  in a […]