Conference on language diversity in Wales

Posted on June 29, 2014 by

On 18th-19th July, the first Conference on Language Diversity in Wales will take place, at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.

The invited speakers are Markku Filppula (University of Eastern Finland), former LEL lecturer David Willis (now at Cambridge), and Aberystwyth’s own Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones. From the blurb:

The conference aims to provide a forum for those interested in the language diversity of Wales. The event is conceived in a broad way and is not restricted to purely linguistic topics. The forum is also open to researchers with literary perspectives, to those interested in translation studies, and to researchers from the fields of media, arts, and anthropology insofar as they are working on topics connected with the language diversity of Wales.

The conference is a bargain at £25, and you can register by going to their website here. You can also download the flyer here. All conference information is available in both English and Welsh.

Two of the organizers are LEL PhD students: syntactician of Welsh Laura Arman, and Henderson Prize laureate Michaela Hejná, who will also be giving a talk on whether or not there is gender variation in pre-aspiration in Aberystwyth English. Also presenting will be LEL alumnus and recent job-market success Jonathan Morris, on phonological convergence and phonetic variation in the Welsh and English of North Wales.