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Linguistics experts tackle the curse of Jeremy Hunt’s name

June 13, 2019

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You never know when linguistic expertise may be required. It could be aliens attempting contact with Earthlings, or it could be Victoria Derbyshire dropping the c-word on air. In doing so, she joined a long list of journalists mispronouncing the name of the Conservative leadership candidate, Jeremy Hunt. Why does this keep happening? In this […]

Thea’s ESOL Stepping Stones project in ELTons awards final

June 11, 2019

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The ESRC-funded knowledge exchange project ESOL Stepping Stones (@ESOL_Step_Stone) was one a finalist in the British Council ELTons awards, hosted by Benjamin Zephaniah with guest appearance by Michael Rosen and outstanding achievement award to Professor David Crystal. The awards celebrate innovations in English language teaching and learning worldwide. ESOL Stepping Stones were nominated for their work in […]

‘Made in Manchester’

June 10, 2019


Manchester’s language diversity was celebrated today at the Central Library with the launch of the multilingual poem ‘Made in Manchester’ — which includes contributions from school pupils and residents in 64 languages (of which around half were collected by LEL students working with Multilingual Manchester). The Central Library is hosting an exhibit featuring the poem. […]

Nichols and Bailey in Glasgow

June 7, 2019

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Stephen Nichols and George Bailey visited Glasgow yesterday to present the next instalment of their award-winning research on /s/-retraction in Manchester English at the Glasgow University Laboratory of Phonetics Lab Lunch. The talk was titled ‘/ʃ/tranger things have happened’, in an interesting cinematic twist from a previous incarnation, ‘Retraction on Coronation [ʃ]treet’. Manchet approves of […]

I came, I saw…

June 5, 2019

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LELers past and present, Lauren Fonteyn and Andrea Nini, are in Neuchâtel this week, enjoying academic conferencing, boat trips, chocolate, and idyllic scenery. They are attending ICAME (don’t ask) 40, whose theme is ‘Language in Time, Time in Language’. Manchet’s understanding is that both Lauren and Andrea are #TeamLanguageInTime, but there is also a detectable […]

Workshop on Working with Sociophonetic Data in Sheffield

June 3, 2019

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If you’re interested in picking up some vital data skills for sociophonetic research, check out this upcoming workshop at the University of Sheffield, including a research talk by a certain Dr Bailey. All aspiring sociophoneticians are welcome to attend, but especially postgraduate students and ECRs. Workshop announcement below.   On the 14th of June 2019, the University of […]

¡Qué bonito! Julio in Glossa

June 3, 2019

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Julio’s new paper ‘Recomplementation in English and Spanish: Delineating the CP space’ is out in Glossa, providing definitive answers on the nature of Spanish que. Find out these answers here.