June 18, 2021

Nini at PhilSoc

June 10, 2021
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LEL’s Andrea Nini will speak at the next meeting of the venerable Philological Society on Saturday 12th June at 4.15pm. Andrea’s lecture will be on a “A formal theory of idiolect and its forensic applications”. The lecture is public, but registration is required (registration link here). The abstract is below. One of the applications of […]

28th Manchester Phonology Meeting

May 28, 2021
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The Manchester Phonology Meeting is upon us, and even though it’s in Manchester only in spirit, it seems to be having its usual effect of bringing in nice weather. The conference, now on its 28th edition, is a firm fixture in the phonological conference calendar. This year, among 45 oral papers there is a presentation […]

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Matras and Villa-García talk bilingualism

May 25, 2021
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The second instalment of the Bilingualism Series hosted by Instituto Cervantes (see previous post) will feature two LEL linguists discussing bilingualism, multilingualism, and language contact. Professor Emeritus Yaron Matras will be interviewed on these topics by Julio Villa-García. The interview, titled “Bilingualism: Challenges and Opportunities”, is scheduled for Wednesday, 26 May 2021, at 6pm BST, and […]

LEL summer seminars

May 24, 2021
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We’re pleased to announce the following upcoming seminars. – Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 4.10pm (in collaboration with the SemLab):Yiwen Zhang (Indiana University), “Subjectivity and Nominal Property Concepts in Mandarin Chinese” – Tuesday, 8th June 2021, 4.10pm:Lydia Newkirk (Rutgers) will discuss her fieldwork on modal strength distinctions[Title and abstract to follow.] – Tuesday, 15th June 2021, […]

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APEX award for Bermúdez-Otero and Galla

May 20, 2021
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Linguistics and astrophysics may be an unlikely combination, but it’s proving to be a winning one! We already know it from the study of geospatial distribution of linguistic features by Henri Kauhanen, Deepthi Gopal, Tobias Galla and Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero in Sciences Advances, and it seems these four are not done yet. In most recent news, […]

Villa-García blogs

May 12, 2021
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Check out Julio Villa-García’s contribution to the SALC Making a Difference blog. Julio’s blogpost, titled “Bilingualism Series – No Child Left Monolingual”, discusses a new series of talks on the subject of multilingualism, hosted by Instituto Cervantes of Manchester & Leeds. The series features some familiar names, so stay tuned for more updates. The blogpost […]

Nichols viva-ed

May 5, 2021
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We have a new doctor! LEL’s Stephen Nichols has passed his viva, defending a thesis on “Explorations in the phonology, typology and grounding of height harmony in five-vowel Bantu languages”. The thesis is a multi-pronged approach to investigating the causes and the typological characteristics of vowel harmony, bringing in new data from several Bantu languages. […]

Howell, Hohaus et al. in “Linguistic Variation”

May 4, 2021
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Prolific as ever Vera Hohaus has just published another paper! Howell, Hohaus, Berezovskaya, Sachs, Braun, Durmaz and Beck is out now in Linguistic Variation reporting on “(No) variation in the grammar of alternatives”. If you’re wondering why there are so many authors on this paper, it’s because there are a lot of languages in the […]

Manchester Forum in Linguistics 2021

April 27, 2021
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The 2021 edition of Manchester Forum in Linguistics (mFiL) is taking place this week online. The conference, run entirely by our own PGR students, dates back to 2012 and brings together postgraduate students and early-career researchers in all fields of linguistics. Its recurring highlights are plenary talks given by early-career linguists and a careers panel with […]