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28th Manchester Phonology Meeting

May 28, 2021 by

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The Manchester Phonology Meeting is upon us, and even though it’s in Manchester only in spirit, it seems to be having its usual effect of bringing in nice weather. The conference, now on its 28th edition, is a firm fixture in the phonological conference calendar. This year, among 45 oral papers there is a presentation […]

Nichols viva-ed

May 5, 2021 by

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We have a new doctor! LEL’s Stephen Nichols has passed his viva, defending a thesis on “Explorations in the phonology, typology and grounding of height harmony in five-vowel Bantu languages”. The thesis is a multi-pronged approach to investigating the causes and the typological characteristics of vowel harmony, bringing in new data from several Bantu languages. […]

Strycharczuk et al. in Laboratory Phonology

November 30, 2020 by

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LEL’s Pat Strycharczuk has just had a paper published in Laboratory Phonology, in collaboration with Donald Derrick (University of Canterbury, Christchurch) and Jason Shaw (Yale). The paper is titled “Locating de-lateralization in the pathway of sound changes affecting coda /l/”, and it ponders the question of whether a vocalised /l/ is still an /l/ (spoiler: […]

Morrison doctored

November 16, 2020 by

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Readers of Manchet are no strangers to Donald Morrison, who has featured regularly on these pages with his impressive publications, and his handsome pets. As of today, Donald is Doctor Donald after he sailed through his viva, passing it with *no corrections*. Donald’s thesis is titled “Modularity and stratification in phonology: Evidence from Scottish Gaelic”, […]

Mancunians at LabPhon17

July 6, 2020 by

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LabPhon17, the biennial conference of the Association for Laboratory Phonology begins today, featuring the following contributions by LEL-affiliates. *Dr* (it’s official!) Stefano Coretta (now at LMU Munich) is presenting a poster with a bit of a downer of a title, but here goes “Meta-analytical estimates of the effect of voicing on vowel duration in English […]

Turton and Baranowski in Journal of Linguistics

April 27, 2020 by

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PhD alumna, Danielle Turton and LEL’s Maciej Baranowski have a new paper out in Journal of Linguistics. The paper is titled “Not quite the same: The social stratification and phonetic conditioning of the FOOT–STRUT vowels in Manchester”, and it reveals new and perplexing facts about the Manchester STRUT vowel. If you’re from Manchester, you probably […]

Wendell Kimper at LEL seminar

February 10, 2020 by

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This Tuesday, 11th of February 2020, we will have a seminar paper from LEL’s own Wendell Kimper. His talk is titled “Looking for Markedness (…in all the wrong places?)“. An abstract is below. The seminar will be in in SamAlex A115 at 4.15pm.   “The concept of markedness in phonological theory dates back to Roman […]

Morrison works his way up the grammatical hierarchy

January 24, 2020 by

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Attentive readers of Manchet will recall that, only recently, Donald Morrison published a paper in Phonology. Hot on the heels of that publication comes his paper in Morphology, that is one grammatical level up. Donald’s latest paper is on vowel nasalisation in Scottish Gaelic, and it tackles a potential case of incomplete neutralisation. Incomplete neutralisation, […]

Coretta viva-ed

December 5, 2019 by

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It’s Manchet’s favourite type of post: a successful PhD viva. Stefano Coretta, has defended his thesis titled ‘Vowel duration and consonant voicing: A production study’. Beneath this unassuming title hides a volume of immense complexity. Here’s Manchet’s own simplified synopsis. The vowel in tap is shorter than vowel in tab, and we see a similar […]

LEL colleagues cast a spell on readers of linguistics

October 24, 2019 by

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Among the subjects that the public never tires of are crime and social class. It is more or less the same for linguistic audiences, as evidenced by the following readership data analytics, carefully curated for you by the Manchet data team. Andrea’s Jack the Ripper paper is featured by OUP as one of the most […]