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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 […]

Zimmermann in Journal of Historical Syntax

May 20, 2020 by

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Richard Zimmermann’s latest paper is just out in Journal of Historical Syntax. The paper is titled “Testing causal associations in language change: The replacement of subordinating then with when in Middle English”, and it’s a beautiful display of what LEL does best: language change and data (note also the beautiful minimalist graphics). The paper is […]

For the lovers of Old English

April 22, 2020 by

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If you like Old English, you really need to check out Richard’s Old English treasure trove of a website. Equally, if you you don’t yet know whether or not you like Old English, but you would like to develop a preference, this website is a must-visit corner of the internet. It has everything: its very own […]

Yáñez-Bouza et al. (2019) volume hailed in JHS

April 8, 2020 by

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Last year, we celebrated the launch of Categories, Constructions, and Change in English Syntax. This volume is in honour of LEL’s David Denison, edited by Nuria Yáñez-Bouza, Emma Moore, Linda van Bergen and Willem B. Hollmann, with the assistance of Ayumi Miura, and published by Cambridge University Press. The collection has just received a warm […]

Kersti’s goodbye workshop

March 16, 2020 by

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It’s the end of an era. After 26 years at Manchester, Kersti Börjars is off to a new adventure, as she becomes the Master of St. Catherine’s college Oxford. She took up the new job in January, and if you want to know what it’s like, you can read about it in the following interview […]

Welcome to new postdocs!

February 6, 2020 by

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Manchet is delighted to welcome three new postdocs, who have just joined the research team on the AHRC-funded ‘Unlocking the Mary Hamilton Papers’ project. Tino Oudesluijs is a historical sociolinguist who first graduated in Celtic Studies (BA) and Medieval Studies (RMA) at the University of Utrecht. In 2014, he moved to Lausanne (Switzerland), where he […]

UG Scholars opportunities in LEL

November 1, 2019 by

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Manchester LEL colleagues are ever so keen to include UG students in their research on language, as evidenced by our enthusiastic uptake of the summer UG internship programme, Learning through Research. While summer is well and truly over, UG linguistics research is not, and students can now apply to participate in the following research activities […]

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 […]

Emma Donington Kiey’s internship

September 2, 2019 by

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Our final internship story is by Emma Donington Kiey, a History student, who worked on the project Image to Text: the Mary Hamilton Papers. Emma transcribed an exchange of letters in 1779 between Mary Hamilton and the Prince of Wales, using images provided by the Royal Archives at Windsor, and she marked them up in TEI/XML. […]

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 […]