Spring conferences at LEL

Posted on April 19, 2022 by



Easter break was not much of a break for the busy linguistics bees at LEL. Below is an overview of conference papers given by colleagues and students at LEL over the past few weeks. Anyone with a Manchester affiliation (current or historical) is in bold

Shatha Alahmadi & Vera Hohaus gave a talk “On the Different Readings of the Focus Particle KAMAN in Hijazi Arabic” at the The 35th Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics. The conference was hosted by Georgetown University.

Andrew Koontz-Garboden, Margit Bowler, Emily Hanink, Jens Hopperdietzel, Collin Bannard, Mike Everdell, Itamar Francez, Kyle Jerro, Elise LeBovidge & Stephen Nichols gave a paper at the GLOW45 workshop on “Typological generalizations and semantic theory” at Queen Mary, London. Their paper was on “State/Change of state lability and the meaning of verbhood.

Delia Bentley spoke on “Polysemous verbs of internal causation and the causative alternation: A view from Romance” at the conference on “Predicate: From Polysemy to Arguments” organised by the Zadar Linguistic Forum at the University of Zadar, Croatia.

Patrycja Strycharczuk gave a paper on “The relationship between phonology and phonetics – Perspectives from ongoing sound changes in English” at the ALOES 2022 workshop on “Phonetics / Phonology: interface, regularities, realisations” hosted by l’Université Sorbonne Paris Nord Pléiade.

Finally, the 2022 edition of BAAP (British Association of Academic Phoneticians) Colloquium, hosted by the University of York, saw a flurry of contributions from a few generations of Mancunians, with the following talks:

  • What counts as an accent? Unsupervised clustering of diphthong variation in South East England – Amanda Cole, Patrycja Strycharczuk
  • Laryngoscopic case studies evaluating glottal and epilaryngeal components of laryngeally constricted sounds – Scott Moisik, Míša Hejná, John Esling
  • How significance testing might be limiting phonetic research and what to replace it with – Stefano Coretta

… and the following posters:

  • Pre-aspiration and pre-glottalisation do not have to be mutually exclusive – Míša Hejná
  • Rhoticity in Mandarin /r/: phonetic and phonological perspectives – Kaiyue Xing, Patrycja Strycharczuk
  • Variation, gradience and categoricity in the Turkish mid vowels – Deepthi Gopal, Stephen Nichols