September 13, 2021

ESRC postdoc for Donlan

September 9, 2021


PhD alumna Lisa Donlan is returning to Manchester after scooping up a coveted ESRC postdoctoral fellowship. The fellowship is to allow early career researchers the chance to develop their publication record, networks, research and professional skills. Lisa’s project is on sociolinguistics of online communication. She’ll be undertaking training in Natural Language Processing, developing and submitting […]

The return of the hike

September 7, 2021


Manchet may have said something yesterday about new academic year coming, and nothing screams NEW ACADEMIC YEAR louder than the time-honoured tradition of the departmental hike. We are pleased to announce that the hike is back after a Covid-induced hiatus, and we have been able to obtain photographic evidence! There is talk of 29,000 steps. […]

LEL linguists at LAGB and UKLVC

September 6, 2021


Two major UK linguistics conferences are taking place this week, both with a strong Mancunian presence. The annual LAGB (Linguistic Association of Great Britain) meeting brings together linguists from various subfields. This year, the heavy lifting on behalf of Manchester is done by Eva Schultze-Berndt, who will deliver two papers: “Modals with different scales: Evidence […]

Siena Weingartz scoops up an LAGB award

September 2, 2021

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Congratulations to LEL alumna, Siena Weingartz who has won this year’s LAGB (Linguistics Association for Great Britain) Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Dissertation in Linguistics. There is a national competition for the award in which only four students can triumph, so it’s quite an achievement. In fact, Manchet can reveal that Siena is the first Manchester […]

Hohaus showered with awards

September 1, 2021

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LEL’s Vera Hohaus has won Outstanding Staff Award for Teaching, Learning and the Student Experience. The nominations for this award come from students, and the criteria include providing a well-organised course that is taught effectively and supported through high-quality assessment and feedback, engaging and challenging the students in a supportive manner and motivating them to […]

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Successful viva for Canzi

August 31, 2021

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Hip hip hurrah for LEL’s Max Canzi who passed his viva voce last Friday (the Bank Holiday issue of Manchet had already gone to press by then). Max’s dissertation is titled “What PMN? Investigating phonological processing in semantics-free speech perception with ERP”. If that’s not self-explanatory, PMN stands for “phonological negativity mismatch” and ERP stands […]

Moretti viva-ed

August 27, 2021

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Congratulations to Lorenzo Moretti (pictured below) for passing his PhD viva! Lorenzo started his PhD at Manchester in 2017, working on the origin of auxiliary do under the supervision of Tine Brebam and Kersti Börjars, with John Payne as the Independent Reviewer. What he’s found out is that auxiliary do is the result of two constructions – causative do and pro-verb do – […]

Hohaus at the EGG School

August 4, 2021

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It’s a busy summer for Vera Hohaus, who’s teaching two classes at the EGG (Eastern Generative Grammar) Summer School. The EGG school is an institution in theoretical linguistics with years of experience in providing affordable advanced linguistics training for graduate students from around the world. This year’s edition is online. Vera’s teaching two classes: an […]

Strycharczuk, Ćavar and Coretta in JASA

August 2, 2021

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LEL’s Pat Strycharczuk has just published a paper in collaboration with Małgorzata Ćavar (Indiana University Bloomington) and with PhD alumnus, Stefano Coretta (now at IPC Munich). The paper, titled “Distance vs. time. Acoustic and articulatory consequences of reduced vowel duration in Polish”, appeared in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. The study investigates […]