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Zimmermann in “English Language and Linguistics”

August 9, 2022 by

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Summer time is reading time, and if you’re after reading material, Manchet’s humble recommendation is Richard Zimmermann’s latest paper. The article, published in English Language and Linguistics, is titled “A quantitative model of verb–object order in Middle English with special reference to the prose–poetry distinction”. This paper has everything. It has poetry, numbers, trees, data, […]

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 […]

Tweetin’ about Manchestah – Nini et al. research graphical representations of accent

September 21, 2020 by

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Andrea Nini has a new paper out, co-authored with George Bailey, Diansheng Guo and Jack Grieve. The paper, titled “The graphical representation of phonetic dialect features of the North of England on social media”, is a contribution to a volume edited by Patrick Honeybone and Warren Maguire on “Dialect Writing and the North of England”, […]

Fonteyn and Nini in Cognitive Linguistics

June 12, 2020 by

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The latest issues of Cognitive Linguistics is out, featuring a paper by former colleague, Lauren Fonteyn, and still a colleague, Andrea Nini. Lauren and Andrea’s brainchild is a perfect fusion of their linguistic interests: historical corpora, language variation and change and the role of an individuality. Are we individuals? Read ‘Individuality in syntactic variation: An […]

Esme Winter-Froemel at LEL seminar

May 5, 2020 by

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The LEL seminar series goes virtual. Today (Tuesday 5th of May) at 4.15pm, Esme Winter-Froemel from the University of Würzburg will give a Zoom talk on “Bridging uses and switch uses in reanalysis“. You will have probably received the Meeting ID by email, but feel free to @ us if you haven’t. Below is a […]

Richard Zimmermann at LEL seminar

November 4, 2019 by

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This week’s seminar talk (Tuesday, 5th November 2019) is by our new Swiss import, Richard Zimmermann. He will tell us about “Cool things to do with corpora: Experiments on word embedding and lexical dispersion”. The talk will be in SamAlex A115 at 4.30pm. Below is a short teaser: Recently developed corpus methods are inspiring incredibly diverse […]

Welcome to Richard Zimmermann

September 6, 2019 by

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With the new academic year just around the corner, we welcome new colleagues to the department. One of them is Dr Richard Zimmermann. He’s moving to Manchester from Switzerland, which, in these tumultuous times, suggests an adventurous spirit. Richard obtained his PhD from the University of Geneva, and his areas of expertise include historical syntax […]

Yuyang Guan’s internship

August 30, 2019 by

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Yuyang Guan is a student in Actuarial Science, who has been assisting Andrea Nini with the development of an R Shiny App for mapping lexical frequency. Below is his own account of his internship. My work in this program is mainly about visualizing the frequency of the use of words in different areas of the U.S. […]

Ellie Martin on her internship experience

August 27, 2019 by

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Ellie Martin is an English Literature student, who spent a few weeks this summer working on a research project led by Marije van Hattum. Below is Ellie’s account of her experience. My summer internship involved working with Marije van Hattum from the Linguistics Department on a corpus of threatening letters and notices from Ireland in […]

Postcard from Andrea

July 29, 2019 by

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Andrea sends his saluti from Cardiff, where he attended the International Corpus Linguistics conference. He presented a talk on: “Frequency-free authorship attribution: Testing the n-gram tracing method” (talk co-authored with Jack Grieve from Uni of Birmingham). This postcard comes with a PowerPoint attachment, featuring slides so beautiful they’ll make you cry like a baby. On closer inspection, […]