Manchester’s postgrad phonologists go places!

Posted on January 9, 2010 by

Manchet is reliably informed that Manchester’s postgrad phonologists will be busy strutting their stuff all over the world in 2010.

One of them is Helen Buckler. Helen graduated this autumn with an MA in Languages and Linguistics. She wrote her dissertation under Ricardo‘s supervision on ‘The phonology of word-level suffixes in German and Dutch’; this, we gather, is soon to be released on the ROA.  Helen has now gone to the Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics at Nijmegen, where she is pursuing a doctorate with a full scholarship. Manchet has heard
gossip that Helen enjoys a plush office all to herself at that high-powered institution!

This month, AHRC-award- and Walters-Scholarship-holder Patrycja Strycharczuk, who joined us last September fresh from an MPhil in phonology at the University of Tromsø, will be busy crisscrossing the Atlantic. Having presented a paper at the CUNY conference on the foot last January, Patrycja will return to New York next week to give a talk on ‘Word-boundary effects in Polish laryngeal neutralisation’ at the CUNY conference on the prosodic word. When she’s back on this side of the pond, Patrycja will be off to Nice for a presentation on ‘Persistence vs improvement in prosodic opacity’ at the Old World Conference in Phonology 7. There she will be joined by our colleague Yuni Kim, who will be talking about ‘Diphthongization and contrast realization in Huave’.

Finally, Manchet has just heard that fellow AHRC-award holder Michael Ramsammy will also be crossing the pond in March: he’ll be giving a talk entitled ‘Place of articulation effects in Spanish nasal codas: An experimental approach’ at the 40th Linguistics Symposium on Romance Languages in Washington.

This is not all: we have it on good authority that further papers at major international conferences (not least our very own Manchester Phonology Meeting) are being planned. Manchet will keep you posted!