Manchester represented at 2013 LAGB

Posted on August 11, 2013 by

At the LAGB’s Annual Meeting at the end of this month – at SOAS, 28th-31sth August – Manchester’s LEL department is well represented both qualitatively and quantitatively. Papers in the line-up include:

  • Yuni Kim, on the status of allophones in the Contrastivist Hypothesis, in a themed session on the representational consequences of marginal contrasts
  • Laurel MacKenzie, on English auxiliary contraction and the locus of variability, in a themed session on language variation and linguistic theory
  • Eva Schultze-Berndt, on open questions in the study of theticity (jointly with Jenneke van der Wal), in a themed session on thetic expressions
  • Delia Bentley, Francesco Maria Ciconte and Silvio Cruschina, on subtypes of thetic expressions: a cross-dialectal survey of Romance languages of Italy, in the same themed session
  • Kersti Börjars and John Payne, on dimensions of variation in the expression of functional features: modelling definiteness in LFG
  • Up-and-coming PhD student Michaela Hejná, on pre-aspiration and gemination in Aberystwyth English

With all these Mancunians on the menu, it’s hard to imagine how there’s space for anyone else at the conference. Nevertheless, a number of former LELers have made it onto the programme, including Will Barras, Willem Hollmann, Serge Sagna and David Willis. Rumour has it that there are even a few people presenting who have no connection to Manchester at all, though Manchet is inclined to dismiss such speculations as unfounded…

Featured image: the new LAGB logo.