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Brendan Cox on his summer internship

September 13, 2021 by

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A number of LEL students spent their summer doing an internship. Manchet will let you hear from some of them, starting with Brendan Cox’s account of his Research Experience Internship. My Student Experience Internship, led and supervised by Dr Richard Zimmermann, took place over the course of 8 weeks in the summer of 2021. Thanks […]

Moretti viva-ed

August 27, 2021 by

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Congratulations to Lorenzo Moretti (pictured below) for passing his PhD viva! Lorenzo started his PhD at Manchester in 2017, working on the origin of auxiliary do under the supervision of Tine Brebam and Kersti Börjars, with John Payne as the Independent Reviewer. What he’s found out is that auxiliary do is the result of two constructions – causative do and pro-verb do – […]

Ayumi Miura showered with honours

January 14, 2021 by

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PhD alumna Ayumi Miura has had an enviable run with prestigious awards. In December 2020, she was awarded a prize from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. The prize is awarded to junior scholars in a tough interdisciplinary competition, judged on two criteria: the quality and originality of research outputs, and leadership potential […]

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 […]