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How to have a quality chat

November 1, 2018 by

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Improving parent-child communication could be a walk in the park. Thea’s latest study, joint with Joanna Melville (Oxford) and Merideth Gattis (Cardiff), compared parent-child conversations in natural environments and in indoor environments. The evidence suggests that the quality of the conversations is enhanced in the great outdoors. You can find the original paper here , or […]

YouTube fame for Villa-García

August 14, 2018 by

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Julio Villa-García, our in-house expert on syntax and language acquisition, has recently been interviewed by eLight Education, a Vietnamese organisation aimed at promoting the teaching of English across the country. With over 750,000 subscribers from different nationalities, 200,000 students studying on their YouTube channel per day, and around 70 million visitors, eLight is committed to […]

Jack Grieve @ LEL Research Seminar

March 18, 2018 by

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Next week, we welcome Jack Grieve at the LEL Research Seminars. Jack is a Professorial Fellow in Corpus Linguistics at the University of Birmingham. His primary research interests are “language variation and change through the quantitative analysis of large corpora of natural language data.” His talk will focus on language change led by cultural 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 […]

UG dissertation gets publicity

October 5, 2017 by

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The UG dissertation of Amy Portwood, called ‘All in a Name: Parental Naming Activity in Multilingual Manchester’ (submitted in May 2017, supervised by Prof Yaron Matras) has received some publicity. For her dissertation, Amy set out to ask 120 local mothers about the names given to their children born between 2010- 2015 (now aged between two and […]

Babies’ first gestures in the news

November 8, 2016 by

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Research by LEL’s Thea Cameron-Faulkner along with her colleagues in Psychology, Elena Lieven, Laura Boundy and Anna Theakston, has made the news! You can read the press release here, and it has also appeared in the Mirror and the Daily Mail. The research deals with the development of gestures in tiny little babies, 10 months […]

Plants, animals and words

October 13, 2016 by

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Manchet has just learned that LEL PhD alumna Candide Simard – now at SOAS – was on the radio this summer to talk about her work with the Plants, Animals, Words (PAW) project. Candide featured on Science Hour on 29th August. Unfortunately, the clip isn’t available to listen to, but you can find out more […]