Line-up for 2012 revealed!

Posted on July 24, 2012 by

Manchet can now confirm that the department’s three new English Linguistics posts will be filled by Laurel MacKenzie, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi and George Walkden, with the general linguistics post going to Wendell Kimper.

MacKenzie’s research is in quantitative sociolinguistics, with a particular focus on the contraction of auxiliaries in Modern English (he has been vs. he’s been). Szmrecsanyi, also a variationist, is known for corpus-based work on the s-genitive in the recent history of English, among other things. Walkden is a historical syntactician who has worked on verb position and null arguments in the early Germanic languages. Finally, Kimper is a phonologist (theoretical and experimental) whose work so far has focused on vowel harmony.

Also joining the department will be Tine Breban, a connoisseur of grammaticalization processes affecting the English NP, who will take over Nuria’s position for the remainder of her five-year fellowship. In addition, the department (soon to be a Division) will be bolstered by the addition of Iris Bachmann, Delia Bentley, Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen and Thanh Nyan, moving to LEL from diverse language departments.

All this means that the department’s teaching strength will be at a long-time high. Join Manchet in wishing a warm welcome to our new colleagues!

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