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Sander Lestrade at LEL Research Seminars

October 9, 2017 by

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After a gap in the seminar programme on October 10th, the LEL Research Seminar returns on Tuesday, October 17th with Dr Sander Lestrade (Nijmegen). In his talk, Sander will be discussing a recent paper of his published in PLOS ONE. The paper tackles one of the most intriguing phenomena in natural language called ‘Zipf’s law’ […]

Different perspectives on proper noun modifiers

December 20, 2016 by

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Dr Tine Breban and alumna Dr Julia Kolkmann will be hosting a workshop on Different perspectives on proper noun modifiers at BICLCE 2017 in Vigo, 28-30 September 2017. The deadline for submissions to the Tine & Julia workshop is 15th Jan, so get writing! Here is the full call for papers. Submissions and queries should […]

Bodo Winter at LEL Research Seminar

December 11, 2016 by

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Bodo Winter (Birmingham) will be in Manchester on Tuesday 13th Dec to give a talk on The tasty smelly side of language: A quantitative study of English sensory adjectives. Here’s the abstract: One of the primary things humans do with language is to talk about sensory impressions, such as whether a curry tastes too hot […]

Human impersonal pronouns in Afrikaans

November 6, 2016 by

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Daniel Van Olmen (Lancaster) will be coming to Manchester this Tuesday (8th Nov) to give a talk on Human impersonal pronouns in Afrikaans: a double questionnaire-based approach. You can view the abstract here. The seminar is at the usual time: 4:15pm, in Sam Alex A113, with drinks afterwards. Manchet hopes to see you there!

Past time reference in a language with optional tense

September 19, 2016 by

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Manchester postdoc Ryan Bochnak is in the latest issue of Linguistics and Philosophy with a paper on Past time reference in a language with optional tense. The paper focuses on Washo, a language on which Ryan has carried out extensive fieldwork, and specifically the verbal suffix -uŋil, which is analysed as an optional past tense. […]

Kai von Fintel at CIDRAL

September 14, 2016 by

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The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Arts and Languages (CIDRAL) runs a series of invited lectures and masterclasses around an overarching theme. The theme for the first semester of 2016-17 is Possible Worlds, and we’re in the fortunate position of having Professor Kai von Fintel (MIT) as the first speaker. The lecture will take place […]

Summer conference round-up

July 19, 2016 by

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LEL staff are never idle! With the end of teaching term, we’ve been taking every opportunity to spread the good word to all parts of the globe. Professor Delia Bentley is a keynote speaker at this year’s Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE) in Naples, talking about S-V and V-S agreement on evidence from Italo-Romance. Yaron Matras […]