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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 […]

Kauhanen wins Best Output Award

March 22, 2017 by

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Manchet has learned that Henri Kauhanen is the winner of the Manchester Doctoral College‘s Best Outstanding Output Award 2016! The award is for Henri’s paper Neutral change, which emerged online for Journal of Linguistics in 2016 and was also the winner of the LAGB’s Siewierska Prize, as Manchet previously reported. The Best Outstanding Output is a […]

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 […]

Ricardo at ConSOLE XXV

January 3, 2017 by

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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 by

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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 […]