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Taking action for safer students

November 23, 2015



Third-year Linguistics student Laura FitzPatrick has launched a petition asking Greater Manchester Police to take the initiative to prevent sexual assault. Laura was quoted in the Manchester Evening News as saying: “We report on rape after rape in Fallowfield and it’s horrible. So many people don’t feel safe and they don’t think anything will be […]

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Variation in Kurdish ergativity

November 21, 2015



This week’s LEL research seminar features Yaron Matras and Carlie Hansen on variation in Kurdish ergativity. Tue 24th November, 4.15pm, Sam Alex A101. Carlie is a Multilingual Manchester research assistant and LEL MA graduand, and the talk reports on research carried out with her dissertation supervisor, Prof. Yaron Matras. Here’s the abstract: Kurmanji-Kurdish has so […]

Data, data everywhere

November 20, 2015



Today marked the University of Manchester Q-Step Centre’s ‘Data, Data Everywhere’ event, celebrating the success of the 2015 Q-Step summer internships! Undergraduates Amy Hughes, Lucy Giannasi and Nicole Tamer were there to showcase their efforts within LEL as part of the poster session. Amy and Lucy had worked with Dr Laurel MacKenzie on variable fricative […]

Old English field trip to Lindisfarne

November 16, 2015



On Saturday 14th November, a group of LEL second-years taking the Introduction to Old English class set off on a day-long field trip. Due to budgetary constraints (not to mention the health and safety risk of potential grandfather paradoxes) they were not permitted to go back in time. However, lecturer George Walkden opted for the […]

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On the typology of negative indefinites

November 14, 2015

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Week 8 is a busy one! Our third talk of the week is by Johan van der Auwera (University of Antwerp), and is On the typology of negative indefinites. It’s in Samuel Alexander A101 at 4.15pm on Wednesday 18th November. Here’s the abstract: The talk focuses on the frequency and the typology of negative indefiniteness […]

Language dissected at the Manchester Science Festival

November 13, 2015


Do the words "foot" and "strut" rhyme? Blue for yes, red for no.

On 29 October, LEL teamed up with the Manchester Science Festival to put on a day-long, interactive language science spectacular. Dissecting Language was hosted at the Museum of Science and Industry’s innovative pop-up Platform for Investigation and featured all kinds of hands-on linguistics activities. From phonetics to syntax, there was something for proto-linguists of all […]


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