PhD students going places

Posted on June 4, 2016 by

Armed with Beamer, poster tubes, and travel grants, LEL’s postgraduates are spreading the good word all across the globe!

At the 24th Manchester Phonology Meeting, Deepthi Gopal and Stephen Nichols presented on Sonorant-conditioned mid vowel lowering in Turkish, while George Bailey, along with alum Danielle Turton and senior lecturers Maciej Baranowski and Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero, presented on A stationary frequency effect in Manchester English. There were also posters by alum Michaela Hejná on Pre-aspiration, sonorant devoicing, and the sonority hierarchy and by Stephen Nichols on Nasal cluster dissimilation in Ngarinyman. Stephen also presented An acoustic study of the Turkish rhotic at ‘r-atics 5 in Leeuwarden the week before.

Fernanda Barrientos presented her paper What Can Reaction Times Tell Us about L2 Categories? Perception of the /ɑ – ʌ/ Contrast by Native Speakers of Spanish at the Edinburgh Linguistics & English Language Postgraduate Conference 2016, and will be presenting next week at New Sounds 2016, a massive triennial conference on L2 phonetics, phonology and pronunciation in Aarhus, Denmark, with the title Perceptual L2 vowel categories in L1 Spanish speakers: What late L2 speakers (do not) learn.

Henri Kauhanen presented last month at New Ways of Analysing Syntactic Variation 2 in Ghent, Belgium, with the title A production bias model of the Constant Rate Effect (with George Walkden). Henri and George will be returning to Ghent later this month for the 18th Diachronic Generative Syntax conference, and somewhat cheekily will be presenting a paper of the same name. Henri is also presenting a paper Stable variation arises from noisy across-population bias distributions in the absence of global bias at the DiGS pre-conference workshop on diachronic stability.

Finally, Formal Ways of Analysing Variation 3 in New York features Bermúdez-Otero, Baranowski, Bailey & Turton again on A stationary frequency effect in Manchester English.

Have fun on your travels, postgraduates!

Featured image: the Constant Wug Effect, which cannot be unseen.