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MLM to lead new project on ‘Multilingual Communities’

May 15, 2016
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Multilingual Manchester is preparing to deliver a new project on ‘Multilingual Communities’, to be launched in October. The research will be led by Professor Yaron Matras, together with Professor Eva Schultze-Berndt and Dr Rebecca Tipton, all from the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at the University of Manchester. Drawing on the example of Manchester’s […]

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Romance at a book launch near you

May 11, 2016
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Yesterday saw CIDRAL‘s second book launch of the semester at Christie’s Bistro, and LEL was ably represented with two books, both on Romance languages. First up was Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen’s The Structure of Modern Standard French, a new student grammar of the language. Julio Villa-Garcia introduced this one before taking a back seat as his […]

Auckland in autumn

May 3, 2016
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This post is guest-written by second-year LEL student Molly Joslin. So mid-semester exams are over and done with, and I have had a sudden realisation that we are half way through the semester already. Summer’s gone and Auckland has become autumnal. After the first couple of weeks wandering around campus, I can confidently say that […]

Talk and masterclass with Richard Blythe

April 27, 2016
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On Tuesday 3rd May there will be a talk by Edinburgh’s Richard Blythe on S-curves and mechanisms of propagation in language change. This will be followed on Wednesday 4th May by a masterclass on Using agent-based models to answer questions about language change. The talk is at the usual time (4.15) in the usual place […]

A corpus-based study of French interrogatives in SMS messages

April 25, 2016
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Tomorrow (Tuesday 26th April) there will be a one-off Langwidge Sandwidge talk featuring Neuchâtel’s Alexander Guryev. The talk will be at 1pm in Samuel Alexander A112 and is on A corpus-based study of French interrogatives in SMS messages. Here’s the abstract: The French language is well known for the considerable variety of its interrogative structures. […]

Ending a sentence with a preposition

April 18, 2016
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LEL lecturer Nuria Yáñez-Bouza is featured in a recent Usage Notes blog post from the Merriam-Webster dictionary. The article highlights Nuria’s argument that it was seventeenth-century grammarian Joshua Poole, not John Dryden, who created the proscription against stranded prepositions. Well done, Nuria! Featured image: Dryden. Exonerated?

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