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Postcard from Vera

August 12, 2019 by

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It seems that the Southern Hemisphere is the preferred destination for Manchester linguists this summer. Vera is the latest colleague to venture there, and here’s what she says: Talofa mai Samoa! I’m lucky to spend almost another four weeks in Samoa, on the island of Upolu, to learn more about the land, the culture and, […]

Postcard from Pat

August 5, 2019 by

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Pat is down under, attending the International Congress of Phonetic Sciences 2019, the quadrennial phonetics fest bringing together more or less everyone who dabbles in sounds. She’s there carrying the torch for Northern Englishes, with a presentation on the variation in the STRUT vowel in the North of England, and its mysterious relationship to house […]

Postcard from Andrea

July 29, 2019 by

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Andrea sends his saluti from Cardiff, where he attended the International Corpus Linguistics conference. He presented a talk on: “Frequency-free authorship attribution: Testing the n-gram tracing method” (talk co-authored with Jack Grieve from Uni of Birmingham). This postcard comes with a PowerPoint attachment, featuring slides so beautiful they’ll make you cry like a baby. On closer inspection, […]

Postcard from Marije

July 25, 2019 by

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Hello from a sunny and tropical Manchester, This week I am teaching a module on Intercultural Communication as part of the Manchester International Summer School (MISS2019). Together with 23 students from China, I am exploring the ins and outs of Intercultural Communication advice, the link between language and culture, language choice in multicultural contexts, and […]

Postcard from Martina

July 22, 2019 by

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Greetings from Cusco, Manchet! For the last two weeks, I’ve been in Cusco, Peru, on holiday. Walking steps (at 3200m altitude) keeps me fit and rewards me with amazing views. While not doing fieldwork this time round, I’ve met up with Quechua-speaking friends and have been able to confirm some data from previous fieldwork. I’m […]

Nini in Frontiers

July 17, 2019 by

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Andrea Nini, who has yet to send us a postcard, has a new paper out in Frontiers, joint with Jack Grieve, Chris Montgomery, Akira Murakami and Diansheng Guo. The special issue of Frontiers is on Computational Sociolinguistics. The paper provides a hot take on this topic, using Twitter data to map dialectal variation in the […]

Postcard from Julio

July 15, 2019 by

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Julio is in sunny Spain, where he has kept busy spreading the gospel of language diversity. He has been consulted about multilingualism and code switching by just about every media outlet in the country, and he has collected enough newspaper cutouts with his face on to wallpaper his office once he’s back.