Manchester Forum in Linguistics 2021

Posted on April 27, 2021 by

The 2021 edition of Manchester Forum in Linguistics (mFiL) is taking place this week online. The conference, run entirely by our own PGR students, dates back to 2012 and brings together postgraduate students and early-career researchers in all fields of linguistics. Its recurring highlights are plenary talks given by early-career linguists and a careers panel with practical advice on how to navigate the job market.

This year’s edition is being organised by Mary Chioti (lead organiser), Roisin Cosnahan (treasurer), Chit-Fung (Lawrence) Lam (communications & social media co-ordinator), Alina McLellan (online platform & website co-ordinator) and Khoi Nguyen (submissions & timetabling co-ordinator). They have put together a very exciting programme, including opportunities to socialise online.

This year’s invited speakers are Ludivine Crible (Université Catholique de Louvain), David Hall (Queen Mary University of London), Sarah Kelly (University College Dublin), as well as LEL alumnus and Manchet regular George Bailey (now at York, but forever Manc at heart).

In addition to the plenary talk, the programme features following contributions by current LEL linguists:

Alina McLellan: Focalization strategies in Reunionese and beyond: two types of it-cleft?

Khoi Nguyen: Scale Analysis of Spaces for Vietnamese Heritage Language Maintenance

Roisin Cosnahan: The Role of (Inter)Subjectivity in the Grammaticalization of New Sentential Negators in Northern Italian Dialects

Roxanne Taylor: Inheritance in the deverbative noun phrase: from data to Theory