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Mancunians at ICEHL

September 17, 2018 by

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The 20th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (ICEHL XX) saw an excellent representation from Manchester LEL. The following contributions came from current LEL postgraduate students and staff. Moretti. The origin of auxiliary do: evidence from Old English Bermúdez-Otero. Diagnostics of the moraic trochee from Proto-Germanic to the present: (LL)~(H) equivalence, (LH) and (HL) avoidance […]

10 minutes with… Dr Lauren Fonteyn.

July 2, 2018 by

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After what seemed like an eternity, Manchet is back with another ’10 minutes with’-interview. And only just in time – because the staff member featured today will be leaving LEL for another department closer to what she calls home. Dr Lauren Fonteyn, a Belgian chocolate-, frites-, and beer-enthusiast, completed her PhD at the University of […]

LEL Historical Linguists invited talks

June 22, 2018 by

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Two of our historical linguists, Kersti Börjars and Lauren Fonteyn, headed out of Manchester to give an invited talk on some aspect of their research. On Tuesday, 12 June, Lauren headed over to the University of York to present at their Linguistics colloquium. Lauren’s talk was called ‘The principle of no synonymy in language change: […]

Andrea Nini, Dear Boss, and Saucy Jack

February 1, 2018 by

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The talk of the day is LEL’s very own Andrea Nini, who recently published an article on authorship analysis of some ‘Jack the Ripper’ letters. The news has gotten, to put it lightly, massive attention, as reported in the university of Manchester’s news letter: A researcher at the University has solved a mystery surrounding Jack […]

While we were away…

September 21, 2017 by

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It might have been quiet on Manchet, but that does not mean the department was. Over the summer, staff and PhD students of LEL have been talking a great deal about their research. Our PhD students travelled from the UK (Canterbury, York, Cardiff) to the US (Texas and New York) with their research: Hannah Booth […]

‘Mancunians, not Manchesterians’ – Fonteyn’s interview in Atlas Obscura

July 8, 2017 by

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On July 6, travel and info guide Atlas Obscura published an interview with historical linguist Lauren Fonteyn on the wondrous world of demonyms. A demonym is a word used to describe a person from or a property of a certain place. For instance, Londoner is the demonym of London, and Belgian is the demonym of Belgium. As aptly noted by Dan […]

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 […]