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Adam Ledgeway at LEL seminar

March 6, 2023 by

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This week, we will welcome Adam Ledgeway (Cambridge) to the LEL seminar series. He will speak on “Exploring the Parameters of Microvariation: Evidence from the Romance Clause.” The talk will be in Simon Building 2.61 on 7th March, 2023 at 4.10pm. All are welcome!

Baranowski in “Language Variation and Change”

February 2, 2023 by

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Maciej Baranowski’s paper “Part of town as an independent factor: the NORTH-FORCE merger in Manchester” has just been published in Language Variation and Change. Maciej is a bit of a regular in this venerable variationist journal (see also here and here), having painstakingly documented the beautiful Manchester accent over the years. This new study investigates various degrees […]

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes in Manchester English

March 20, 2022 by

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“Ah, how Manchester’s changed” is a sentiment you hear a lot, usually in the context of skyscrapers springing up like mushrooms all over the place. But there are also other changes enveloping the city, and you’ll only know if you keep an ear, and other instruments, to a rich corpus of sociolinguistic data. It’s just […]

LEL linguists at LAGB and UKLVC

September 6, 2021 by

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Two major UK linguistics conferences are taking place this week, both with a strong Mancunian presence. The annual LAGB (Linguistic Association of Great Britain) meeting brings together linguists from various subfields. This year, the heavy lifting on behalf of Manchester is done by Eva Schultze-Berndt, who will deliver two papers: “Modals with different scales: Evidence […]

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 […]

Nini in Frontiers

July 17, 2019 by

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Andrea Nini, who has yet to send us a postcard, has a new paper out in Frontiers, joint with Jack Grieve, Chris Montgomery, Akira Murakami and Diansheng Guo. The special issue of Frontiers is on Computational Sociolinguistics. The paper provides a hot take on this topic, using Twitter data to map dialectal variation in the […]

We’re all getting up on the lingo thanks to Andrea

October 23, 2018 by

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Andrea Nini, our expert on all things language and crime, is now also expertly navigating the confusing world of social media. Andrea’s research on American slang terms traced though Twitter, joint with Jack Grieve and Diansheng Guo, features in this episode of Studies Show on Youtube. Essential viewing if you want to keep up with the […]

Nichols & Bailey at LEL seminar

October 9, 2018 by

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This week’s LEL seminar will feature a talk as Mancunian as a miserable Morrissey lyric scribbled on a red brick wall, and half washed away by the constant rain. Our two own PhD students, Stephen Nichols and George Bailey, will present their award winning research on a recent sound change and its development in the […]

Marina Terkourafi @ LEL Seminar

April 18, 2018 by

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Next week, on Tuesday 24th April, we welcome Marina Terkourafi at the LEL Research Seminar. Marina specialises in pragmatics and sociolinguistics at the University of Leiden. Her primary research areas concern “issues of pragmatic variation and experimental pragmatics”. She has been conducting fieldwork in Cyprus, with “extensive research on the use of politeness markers, the […]

Helen Buckler @ LEL Research Seminar

April 10, 2018 by

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On Tuesday 17th April, LEL welcomes Helen Buckler, Assistant Professor in Psycholinguistics and Second Language Acquisition at the University of Nottingham. Helen’s main research areas focus on “how infants and children acquire language(s) from the speech they hear”, investigating both the “acoustic properties of infant- and child-directed speech, and how this relates to speech perception […]