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‘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 […]

Word Mapper takes the web by storm

December 22, 2016 by

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Newly recruited LEL lecturer Andrea Nini has just released the Word Mapper app, which he created alongside Jack Grieve and Diansheng Guo. You can find out more about the app, and download the original dataset, here. From that page: The original Word Mapper app lets users map the relative frequencies of the top 10,000 most […]

Image to Text going strong

December 8, 2016 by

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David Denison and Nuria Yáñez-Bouza’s Image to Text project, on which Manchet previously reported, is gaining momentum! David and Nuria have been awarded a £4,770 seedcorn grant by the John Rylands Research Institute to develop the project further. At Uppsala in April, David offered a workshop on Image to Text. A lot of enthusiasm was […]

LEL and Open Access Week

October 24, 2016 by

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It’s International Open Access Week, and two LEL staff members – Prof. Delia Bentley and Dr George Walkden – are featured in a video of academics from across the University, testifying to the transformative power of Open Access. Delia recently published a book that was entirely Open Access, and George is editor for the Historical […]

Language provisions in access to care

October 3, 2016 by

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A new report by the Multilingual Manchester team addresses provision of interpreters and language services in Manchester, with the aim of establishing whether there are any barriers to the use of language provisions that potentially affect access to health care. The report has the title Language provisions in access to primary and hospital care in […]

The case against linguaphobia

September 30, 2016 by

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Yaron Matras is featured on Manchester Policy Blogs this week, making the case against linguaphobia. Next week will see the launch of the Multilingual Communities strand of the AHRC-funded OWRI project, which Yaron and the Multilingual Manchester team head up. Watch this space! Featured image: people eating food, from the Policy Blogs page.

Ending a sentence with a preposition

April 18, 2016 by

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LEL lecturer Nuria Yáñez-Bouza is featured in a recent Usage Notes blog post from the Merriam-Webster dictionary. The article highlights Nuria’s argument that it was seventeenth-century grammarian Joshua Poole, not John Dryden, who created the proscription against stranded prepositions. Well done, Nuria! Featured image: Dryden. Exonerated?