December 1, 2017

Baranowski’s new publication in LVC

November 29, 2017
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Maciej Baranowski has just published a paper in the renowned variationist journal Language variation and change. The paper, based on one of the largest speech community studies ever conducted, considers the connection between GOOSE-fronting and GOAT-fronting by exploring the social distribution of the two changes. In the paper, Maciej compares the role of social class with that […]

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Florent Perek speaking at next LEL Research Seminar

November 25, 2017
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On Tuesday, November 28, our department welcomes Florent Perek to the LEL Research seminars. Florent, a lecturer at the University of Birmingham, describes himself as a cognitive linguist, a quantitative corpus linguist, and a construction grammarian. In his talk (see abstract below), he will discuss how to model constructional change with distributional semantics, and as such his […]

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Aleksei Nazarov @ LEL Research Seminar

November 19, 2017
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Next Tuesday (November 21), Aleksei Nazarov, a senior lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, will be speaking at the weekly LEL Research seminars. His talk will focus on ‘learning variability and exceptionality in Optimality Theory’, and promises to be very exciting for anyone interested in phonetics, phonology, language acquisition, and computational linguistics! Here’s the abstract: Learning […]

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Next PhilSoc meeting at UoM

November 13, 2017
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The next meeting of the Philological Society will take place at the LEL department on Saturday 18th of November. At the meeting, three early-career researchers, Dr Eva Zehentner (York), Dr Kari Kinn (Oslo), and LEL lecturer Lauren Fonteyn, will make presentations on Approaches to Grammatical Change, followed by a round table discussion chaired by LEL’s Prof. Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen. PhilSoc meeting Approaches_to_Grammatical_Change […]

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Geraldine Horan (UCL) @ LEL Research Seminar

November 13, 2017
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On Tuesday, November 14, we welcome Dr Geraldine Horan to our department. Dr Horan is based at the School of European Languages, Culture, and Society of UCL. Her talk – Sprache Der Heimat/Language of home: Discourses of Dialect and Identity in Cologne – summarises some of her recent research, and looks at media constructions of the dialect […]

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Baranowski & Turton presented at NVAW

November 10, 2017
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Last week, LEL lecturer Maciej Baranowski presented a paper at the NWAV conference, together with Danielle Turton, a former LEL UG & PhD student (who is currently based in Newcastle University). This year, NWAV (the largest conference in variationist sociolinguistics) took place in in Madison, Wisconsin. The paper Baranowski and Turton presented is called The FOOT-STRUT […]

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