While we were away…

Posted on September 21, 2017 by

It might have been quiet on Manchet, but that does not mean the department was. Over the summer, staff and PhD students of LEL have been talking a great deal about their research.

Our PhD students travelled from the UK (Canterbury, York, Cardiff) to the US (Texas and New York) with their research:

  • Hannah Booth (https://hannahboothlinguist.wordpress.com/), “Expletives in Icelandic: a diachronic study” and “Subjects, case and word order change in Icelandic: a corpus study”. Two talks at International Conference on Historical Linguistics in San Antonio, Texas, 31 July.
  • George Bailey (http://personalpages.manchester.ac.uk/staff/george.bailey/), “Velar nasal plus in the north of (ing)land”. Talk at UKLVC in Cardiff, 31 August.
  • Stephen Nichols (http://tiny.cc/sjn), “Nasal harmony in Kamaiurá”. Talk at LAGB in Canterbury, 5 September.
  • Donald Morrison. “Vowel nasalisation in Scottish Gaelic: The search for paradigm uniformity effects in fine-grained phonetic detail”. Talk at LAGB in Canterbury, 6 September, and poster at AMP in New York, 15 September.
  • Incidentally, former LEL lecturer Dr Yuni Kim was also at LAGB (5 & 6 September) giving a Language Tutorial on Huave (isolate; Mexico)
  • Stefano Coretta (http://stefanocoretta.altervista.org/). “A streamlined workflow for “doing phonetics by computer””. Talk at PARLAY in York, 15 September.

Earlier this summer Martina Faller and Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen presented at the International Pragmatics Association conference in Belfast (check the website for the full programma and the book of abstracts):

  • Martina talked about backgrounding and foregrounding of reportatives;
  • while Maj-Britt hosted a panel on cyclicity in semantic-pragmatic change, in which she gave a talk about onomasiological cyclicity in the case of Lat. nunc, Old French or, and Modern French maintenant.
  • IPrA also featured a talk of Zain AL Qurashi, one of our PhD students, on trolling in Arabic (‘To Feed or Not to Feed the Trolls: A Sociopragmatic Study of Trolling in Arabic’).
  • Incidentally, former PhD student Julia Kolkmann (now a lecturer at the univeristy of York) also presented at IPrA.

Some of the lecturers, on the other hand, travelled in the other direction, to attend and present at the Lexical-Functional Grammar conference in Konstanz (abstracts of John Payne and Kersti Börjars’ co-authored talks on the conference website!), LMEC6 in Uppsala (David Denison on that-clauses), and the 50th edition of the Societas Linguistica Europaea Conference in Zurich (which served as the model for our featured image):

  • Delia Bentley hosted a workshop on non-canonical postverbal subjects together with Silvio Cruschina.
  • Eva Schultze-Berndt presented at a workshop about descriptive and theoretical issues in emerging engagement. Her talk was called From shared reference to shared attention: the case of Jaminjung/Ngaliwurru ‘you and me’.
  • Finally, Lauren Fonteyn co-presented with former colleague Freek Van de Velde at a workshop on Diachronic construction Grammar. Their talk focussed on Degeneracy: the evolutionary advantage of the violation of isomorphism.
  • Again, incidentally, Former student Will Standing (now in Antwerp working as a PhD student in the Mind-Bending Grammars project) and former LEL lecturer (and former voice of Manchet) George Walkden also presented at SLE.


    (If you’re interested, all abstracts of SLE can be read online, here)