50 years of linguistics in Manchester

Posted on April 17, 2014 by

Manchet previously reported that the Department of Linguistics at the Victoria University of Manchester was founded 50 years ago. On May 10th we’re celebrating this longevity by holding a party, and we’d like you to come!

The event is called Reflections on Language, and runs from 10am-4pm on Saturday 10th May. It features short, accessible talks by current department members, as well as posters by undergraduate students about the research they’ve been doing as part of the third year of their degree. There will also be lunch, courtesy of the School!

You can download the flyer here.

The programme is as follows:

10.00 Delia Bentley Welcome and introduction
10.10 James Murphy Do politicians really apologise?
10.30 George Walkden Hwæt? Old English outbursts aren’t riddles
10.50 Delia Bentley Il paese delle vocali. Italy’s dialects
11.10 James Brookes How many ways to say the same thing?
11.30 Andrew Koontz-Garboden Ulwa: The hidden language of Nicaragua
11.50 Laurel MacKenzie Roll, Bun, or Barm: What we say is who we are
12.10 Poster sessions
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Viktor Leggio How small languages get bigger online
14.20 Alex Robertson The Babel of Manchester schools
14.40 Maciej Baranowski Is Mancunian changing?
15.00 Farah Nazir Potwari and its diaspora
15.20 Yaron Matras A city of 200 languages
15.40 Nigel Vincent Why does the country need linguists?

And the posters:

  • Bailey, George and Bowden, Amy: That’s How People Grow Up: Language Change Across Morrissey’s Lifespan
  • Coombes, Kris: The role of the blog in the media: journalism or personality extension?
  • Fearn, Benjamin: Does the rate of t-glottaling alter across urban and rural areas in Derbyshire?
  • Norman, Charlotte: Gender indexing in non-name words and the influence of gender on word selection
  • Standing, Will: An Analysis Of Word Order Variation In Old Icelandic And Old Norwegian 14th Century Attestations
  • Yates, Marie: Lifespan change in the letters of Queen Elizabeth I?
  • Zhou, Yangzi: That-clause in Early Modern English

Manchet hopes to see you there! If you’d like to attend, please contact Ruth Hill by Friday 2nd May.