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Lauren Fonteyn at LEL seminar

October 3, 2022 by

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The 2022-23 edition of the LEL seminar begins tomorrow (4th October) with a talk by Lauren Fonteyn (Leiden University). The talk will be at 4pm in Simon 1.34. The abstract and the title are below. Featured photo is from Lauren’s website MacBERTh & GysBERT:  using machine learning to automate  grammatical and semantic data annotation in historical […]

Colin Bannard at LEL seminar

May 16, 2022 by

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For the final LEL seminar this semester, we will have our very own Colin Bannard speaking on “Accounting for multiword frequency effects in a compositional model of language production”. The talk will be on Tuesday 17th May at 4pm in Samuel Alexander A201 and on Zoom. All are welcome! Accounting for multiword frequency effects  in a […]

ESRC postdoc for Donlan

September 9, 2021 by

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PhD alumna Lisa Donlan is returning to Manchester after scooping up a coveted ESRC postdoctoral fellowship. The fellowship is to allow early career researchers the chance to develop their publication record, networks, research and professional skills. Lisa’s project is on sociolinguistics of online communication. She’ll be undertaking training in Natural Language Processing, developing and submitting […]

Donlan sails through her viva

December 8, 2020 by

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Congratulations to Lisa Donlan who has just passed her PhD viva with no corrections! The examiners were LEL’s Maciej Baranowski and Sali Tagliamonte (Toronto). Lisa’s PhD thesis, supervised by Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen and Andrea Nini, is on “Power, Innovation, and Language Diffusion in an Online Community of Practice“. Her research was on the spread of […]

Qingcheng Zeng at EMNLP workshop

November 18, 2020 by

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Qingcheng Zeng, a level 3 Linguistics student, is participating in the 2020 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing this week. Qincheng’s paper, joint with Xiaoyang Fang, Zhexin Liang and Haoding Meng is part of the The 6th W-NUT (2020) Workshop. The paper’s title is “Fancy Man Launches Zippo at WNUT 2020 Shared Task-1: A Bert Case Model […]

Nini in Frontiers

July 17, 2019 by

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Andrea Nini, who has yet to send us a postcard, has a new paper out in Frontiers, joint with Jack Grieve, Chris Montgomery, Akira Murakami and Diansheng Guo. The special issue of Frontiers is on Computational Sociolinguistics. The paper provides a hot take on this topic, using Twitter data to map dialectal variation in the […]

Antal van den Bosch @ LEL Research Seminar

February 13, 2018 by

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On Tuesday 20th February our department welcomes Prof Antal van den Bosch to the LEL Research seminars. Antal, affiliated with the Radboud University of Nijmegen but currently director of the Meertens Institute (Amsterdam), describes his research interests as follows: “In my research I develop machine learning and language technology. Most of my work involves the intersection of […]

Sander Lestrade at LEL Research Seminars

October 9, 2017 by

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After a gap in the seminar programme on October 10th, the LEL Research Seminar returns on Tuesday, October 17th with Dr Sander Lestrade (Nijmegen). In his talk, Sander will be discussing a recent paper of his published in PLOS ONE. The paper tackles one of the most intriguing phenomena in natural language called ‘Zipf’s law’ […]

LEL’s PhD students and staff have a busy summer full of talks

July 7, 2017 by

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Summer is by tradition academic conference season, and so LEL’s people are very busy busy doing a lot of (work-related) travel. Last week, for instance, two of our Mancunian PhD students gave a talk at FWAV-4 in York. George Bailey talked about Synchronic evidence for diachronic pathways of change: /g/-deletion and the life cycle of phonological […]

Rosie Shute at JRRI

March 7, 2017 by

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LEL alumna Rosie Shute, who graduated in 2012, will be at the John Rylands Research Institute this coming Thursday to give a talk on Quantifying Caxton – Taking a Digital Approach to Historical Spelling Variation. Rosie is now a PhD student at the University of Sheffield, and recently published an open-access paper on the effects of […]