LEL linguists at LAGB and UKLVC

Posted on September 6, 2021 by

Two major UK linguistics conferences are taking place this week, both with a strong Mancunian presence.

The annual LAGB (Linguistic Association of Great Britain) meeting brings together linguists from various subfields. This year, the heavy lifting on behalf of Manchester is done by Eva Schultze-Berndt, who will deliver two papers: “Modals with different scales: Evidence from an Australian language” and “Beware of all possibilities: Modality in Northern Australian Kriol” (the latter in collaboration with Denise Angelo and Maïa Ponsonnet). Another Manchester contribution is a paper by Julio Villa-García on “Recomplementation is indeed re-complementation”, in collaboration with Dennis Ott from Ottawa – note the reduplication here! Last but not least, there is also a paper by two LEL PhD alumni, Stephen Nichols and Stefano Coretta, joint with Josiane Riverin-Coutlee, and Enkeleida Kapia “On the acoustics and articulation of the affricates of Northern Tosk Albanian”.

Later this week, it’s the turn for the UK sociolinguistics community to meet for the 13th edition of the UK Language Variation and Change conference. This year’s meeting is hosted virtually by The University of Glasgow, and features a plenary talk by LEL alumna, Danielle Turton (now at Lancaster), who will speak on “Gradient change from below or categorical change from above? The decline of rhoticity in Blackburn, Lancashire”. Danielle is also a co-author on a paper with LEL alumnus George Bailey and former colleague, Laurel MacKenzie on “Mapping the Mancunian Way: Dialectal variation and levelling in Greater Manchester”. Another LEL alumna, Míša Hejná will present a poster on “Married at First Sight: the role of f0 variation in heterosexual female-male flirting interactions” with Emma Harbo Jakobsen. For a more current LEL connection, see two papers by Patrycja Strycharczuk: “Individuals vs. community and vowels vs. vowel systems: the case of Cockney diphthong shift reversal in Essex” (with Amanda Cole) and “How many diphthongs are there in English? A cross-dialectal perspective” (with Sam Kirkham and Emily Gorman). But if you only have time to see one paper, make it “Machine learning in sociophonetics: Comparison of different approaches to accent classification and feature extraction” by Qingcheng Zeng who graduated from Manchester LEL this year, and who worked on this research as part of his award-winning undergraduate dissertation. And if you can only see one poster, it should be Mary Chioti on “Folkloristic Accent (Meta)Attitudes”.

All this frantic conferencing can only mean the new academic year is coming! And when it does, Manchet will be here to keep you up to date.