finger September 28, 2016

Welcome to our new PhD students!

September 26, 2016



It’s that time of year when it’s out with the old and in with the new. The new, in this case, is a crop of PhD students working with members of LEL staff. Pictured are Fan Wang, Stephen Nichols, Donald Morrison and Stefano Coretta. Fan will be working on syntactic variation in interpreting, with George […]

Lauren in Linguistics Vanguard

September 23, 2016



A paper by Lauren Fonteyn features in the most recent issue of Linguistics Vanguard. The paper is on Usage-based perspectives on diachronic morphology: A mixed-methods approach towards English ing-nominals, and is co-authored with Stefan Hartmann (Hamburg). Here’s the abstract: This paper illustrates how different methodological approaches can be combined to reveal complex patterns of constructional […]

Seminar programme Autumn 2016

September 21, 2016



Courtesy of new seminar co-ordinator Lauren Fonteyn, here are the details of this semester’s events. All talks are on Tuesdays at 4.15pm and in Samuel Alexander A113 unless otherwise stated. Join us afterwards for drinks, crisps and perhaps dinner! 27th September: Julio Villa-García (Manchester) – Contrastive topics and focal polarity particles in Spanish Tense Phrase […]

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Past time reference in a language with optional tense

September 19, 2016



Manchester postdoc Ryan Bochnak is in the latest issue of Linguistics and Philosophy with a paper on Past time reference in a language with optional tense. The paper focuses on Washo, a language on which Ryan has carried out extensive fieldwork, and specifically the verbal suffix -uŋil, which is analysed as an optional past tense. […]

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Julio and Spanglish in the news

September 16, 2016



Lecturer Julio Villa-García features this week in the Spanish newspaper El Nueva España for his talk, Spanglish or how to mezclar dos lenguas successfully, at the University of Oviedo. Nice work, Julio! Featured image: Julio giving his talk. From the Nueva España news story.

Kai von Fintel at CIDRAL

September 14, 2016

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The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Arts and Languages (CIDRAL) runs a series of invited lectures and masterclasses around an overarching theme. The theme for the first semester of 2016-17 is Possible Worlds, and we’re in the fortunate position of having Professor Kai von Fintel (MIT) as the first speaker. The lecture will take place […]

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