October 23, 2020

AHRC grant for Mosegaard Hansen

October 16, 2020
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Congratulations to Maj-Britt for winning a prestigious AHRC Research Networking Grant! The project will focus on The Role of Pragmatics in Cyclic Language Change. The Co-I is Prof Richard Waltereit (Humboldt U, Berlin), and the network consists of 22 senior and junior colleagues from Europe, North America, the Middle East and the Far East.

Processing presuppositions virtual workshop

October 14, 2020
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You may be interested in the following virtual two-day workshop on processing presuppositions, scheduled for next week (19th and 21st October). The workshop is hosted by indefatigable Vera’s Tübingen group. The program is available here. To register, just drop the organisers an e-mail at <pspprocessing@sfb833.uni-tuebingen.de>.

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Villa-García’s publishing spree

October 9, 2020
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Attentive readers of Manchet will remember Julio’s paper on Spanish que that came out in Glossa last year. Manchet is delighted to report that Julio has now graduated from que to sí que, and since it’s two words, two papers were needed to elucidate all the syntactic intricacies involved. “On the Contrasts Between sí ‘yes’ […]

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LEL student on University Challenge

October 6, 2020
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Congratulations to Patrick Jones-O’Brien, second year student in Linguistics and Anthropology for making the Manchester University Challenge this year. The team has made it through the first round with an impressive score of 200, in the face of formidable opposition from the University of Edinburgh team. LEL has had a number of student appear on […]

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Welcome to new PhD student

October 2, 2020
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A very warm welcome to Shatha Alahmadi, who starting her PhD this year at LEL, under the supervision of Vera and Martina. Below is more information about Shatha and her research project – in her won words. “I was born and raised in Medina, Saudi Arabia. I received my BA in English Language from Taibah […]

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Tweetin’ about Manchestah – Nini et al. research graphical representations of accent

September 21, 2020
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Andrea Nini has a new paper out, co-authored with George Bailey, Diansheng Guo and Jack Grieve. The paper, titled “The graphical representation of phonetic dialect features of the North of England on social media”, is a contribution to a volume edited by Patrick Honeybone and Warren Maguire on “Dialect Writing and the North of England”, […]

Welcome to Jens Hopperdietzel

September 11, 2020
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A warm welcome to LEL’s newest postdoc Jens Hopperdietzel! Jens is joining Andrew’s project on lexical categories after Ryan left (😢) for UBC. Jens is joining us from Berlin, where he’s finishing a PhD at the Humboldt University on resultative constructions in lesser described Oceanic languages, such as Daakaka (spoken in Vanuatu) and Samoan. He’s […]

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LEL colleagues at SLE2020

September 3, 2020
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The annual conference of the Societas Linguistica Europaea took place this week, with a strong representation from LEL. The following papers were given by LEL colleagues: “Thematic and lexico-aspectual constraints on V-S agreement: evidence from Northern Italo-Romance” by Delia Bentley & Michela Cennamo “Cyclic changes to the French negative coordinating conjunction” by Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen […]

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Mancunians at Sinn und Bedeutung 25

September 1, 2020
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One of the main semantics conferences, Sinn und Bedeutung 25, is happening online this week, hosted virtually by University College London and Queen Mary University of London. It wouldn’t be a semantics party without the Mancunians, so you won’t be surprised to hear that the conference will see multiple contributions from the usual LEL suspects. […]

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