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Postgraduate Summer Research Showcase award for Barrios-Jurado

June 17, 2022 by


A picture is worth a thousand words, but it’s not always easy to capture linguistic topics in an image. Anyone who ever wrote a departmental linguistics blog and had to find images to accompany posts about formal semantics will know exactly what I mean. With this in mind, prepared to be impressed by the achievement […]

Hopperdietzel in Glossa

June 9, 2022 by

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LEL’s Jens Hopperdietzel has just had a paper published in Glossa. The paper, titled “Talmy’s typology in serializing languages: Variations on a VP” brings in new evidence from Mandarin and Samoan on the typology of resultative constructions. The paper is available Open Access at The abstract is below. “Talmy’s typology in serializing languages: Variations […]

Jens Hopperdietzel at LEL Seminar

March 7, 2022 by

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This week’s LEL seminar will feature our very own Jens Hopperdietzel, who will present on “Manner/result polysemy in Daakaka” (see below for an abstract). The talk will take place on Tuesday 8th March at 4pm in Samuel Alexander. There is also an option of following it remotely via zoom.  Manner/result polysemy in Daakaka:   Complex […]

Rutland viva-ed

November 17, 2021 by

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Congratulations to Colin Rutland on passing his viva voce! Colin’s dissertation is titled “The lexical semantics of gradable nouns in English”. It provides a revised explanation of the meaning of potentially ambiguous adnominally modified noun phrases like “big smoker” and “complete idiot” using degree semantics and the theory of kinds. Colin explored the grammar of […]

Louise McNally at the SynSemLab

November 15, 2021 by

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The next SynSemLab will host a special guest, Louise McNally from the Pompeu Fabra University Barcelona, joining in person. The speaker will give a talk on “Grammatically relevant aspects of meaning and verbal polysemy” (abstract below). The meeting will be on Wednesday, 17 November at 11am Manchester time. All are welcome to attend in Sam Alex_A116, […]

Empson, Ma, Weingartz and Wu in Semantic Fieldwork Methods

October 18, 2021 by

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Many congratulations to our recent UG graduates Alice Empson, Jiayin Ma, Siena Weingartz, and Xiaoye Wu for their publication in Semantic Field Work Methods! Their paper “Exploring comparison constructions in Ndebele and Mandarin: The storyboard The Twin Dilemma” presents a method for eliciting comparative constructions in semantic fieldwork, using a storyboard. This work originated in […]

Smith and Yu at LEL seminar

September 27, 2021 by

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The first LEL research seminar of the semester will be this week! We will meet on Tuesday, 28/9/2021 at 4pm in Roscoe_2.3, but you can also join via Zoom (you’ll receive the link if you sign up to the mailing list here). The talk will be on Zoom, but there will be a wine reception afterwards in the Linguistics Common […]

Siena Weingartz scoops up an LAGB award

September 2, 2021 by

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Congratulations to LEL alumna, Siena Weingartz who has won this year’s LAGB (Linguistics Association for Great Britain) Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Dissertation in Linguistics. There is a national competition for the award in which only four students can triumph, so it’s quite an achievement. In fact, Manchet can reveal that Siena is the first Manchester […]

Hohaus at the EGG School

August 4, 2021 by

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It’s a busy summer for Vera Hohaus, who’s teaching two classes at the EGG (Eastern Generative Grammar) Summer School. The EGG school is an institution in theoretical linguistics with years of experience in providing affordable advanced linguistics training for graduate students from around the world. This year’s edition is online. Vera’s teaching two classes: an […]

Mancunians at the TripleA workshop

June 22, 2021 by

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The EighthTripleA workshop is starting tomorrow (23rd June), featuring a strong showing from Manchester LEL. It couldn’t be any other way, given the theme of the workshop, which is semantic fieldwork. Jens Hopperdietzel will be giving an invited talk on “Manner/result polysemy in Daakaka”. In addition to Jens’s plenary, there will be two papers by […]