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Laurel Brinton at LEL Research Seminar (Feb 23)

February 13, 2017

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Laurel Brinton will be the first speaker invited to the LEL Research Seminar in the spring semester. Her talk takes place on February 23 (NB Thursday, not Tuesday!). Laurel is a Professor of English Language at the University of British Colombia, and is currently co-editor of English Language and Linguistics (together with Bernd Kortmann and Patrick Honeybone). Here […]

Seminar programme Spring 2017

February 2, 2017

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New semester, new seminars! It is LEL’s pleasure to give you some details of this semester’s events. All talks are on Tuesdays at 4.15pm and in the Ellen Wilkinson Building, room A2.6, unless otherwise stated. After the easter break, when Sam Alex is no longer under construction, the seminars will return to the Samuel Alexander Building, room A112. […]

Strycharczuk in Pisa

January 29, 2017

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LEL lecturer Dr Patrycja Strycharczuk visited Pisa this week for a conference on Sources and functions of speech variation: disentangling the role of biological and social factors. Pat’s paper was with James Scobbie and dealt with Towards systematic exploration of variation in gestural timing: /l/ vocalisation in Southern British English; you can view the abstract […]

Bailey in PWPL

January 16, 2017

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LEL PhD student George Bailey has a paper in the latest issue of Penn Working Papers in Linguistics! The paper deals with Automatic Detection of Sociolinguistic Variation Using Forced Alignment, and is about using FAVE for fully automated coding of sociolinguistic variables. Well done, George! Featured image: part of figure 4.

Digital text analysis talk and workshop

January 13, 2017

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LEL and Digital Humanities have something special for you this month! On 26th Jan, Prof Mike Kestemont (Antwerp) will be talking on The State of Stylometry: Achievements and Challenges in Computational Stylistics, and on 27th Jan, Dr Folgert Karsdorp (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) is giving a workshop on Text Analysis with Python. […]

Ricardo at ConSOLE XXV

January 3, 2017

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Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero will be opening the programme of ConSOLE XXV in Leipzig tomorrow (Wed 4th Jan) with a talk entitled The phonological lexicon, usage factors, and rates of change: Evidence from Manchester English. This is based on his joint work with George Bailey, Maciej Baranowski, and Danielle Turton. You can find the programme here. Have […]

Major funding for Germanic NPs project!

December 27, 2016

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The project Constraints on syntactic variation: noun phrases in early Germanic languages has just received major funding from the Norwegian Research Council! The project is led by Oslo’s Kristin Bech and features three Mancunians: Kersti Börjars, Tine Breban, and George Walkden. Also on the project are Svetlana Petrova (Wuppertal) and Sheila Watts (Cambridge). In the […]