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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.

How to say no – a historical perspective

June 20, 2019 by

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Not just for linguists! Check out this fantastic blog post by George Walkden, about his research with Donald Morrison on historical changes affecting negation in Middle English. Written in plain English and adorned with pretty maps!

Successful viva for Simone De Cia

March 28, 2019 by

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Simone De Cia successfully passed his viva on Tuesday 26th March. Simone’s dissertation was on ‘Information-Structure-related phenomena in Northern Italian dialects:  Consequences for the geometry of the left periphery’. The thesis was supervised by Delia Bentley and Julio Villa-García, and defended before a committee of Adam Ledgeway (Cambridge) and John Payne (internal examiner). Simone is […]

‘Being Part of the City: Multilingual Manchester’ on YouTube

January 14, 2019 by

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Multilingual Manchester, a research unit based at The University of Manchester, has just released a film showcasing its outreach and public engagement work. You can watch on it on YouTube. How many LEL colleagues and students can you spot?

Breban in English Language and Linguistics

December 19, 2018 by

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The latest issue of English Language and Linguistics features a paper by our own Tine Breban on “Proper names used as modifiers: a comprehensive functional analysis”.  It provides a new and insightful analysis of the use of proper names in English noun phrases, such as that Breban paper, or the Manchet fanbase. A taster of the analysis is […]

Linguistics events this week

November 5, 2018 by

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It’s a busy week for Manchester linguists, with exciting invited speakers. The Tuesday seminar will be given by Ulrike Demske (University of Potsdam) at 12 noon (note the change of time!) in SG.12. The title of the talk is ‘Syntax and Discourse Structure: V-Final Main Clauses in German’. Later that day, we will have a […]

Baranowski and Turton at NWAV47

October 24, 2018 by

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Maciej is just back New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV), *the* annual sociolinguistics conference, where he presented joint work with LEL alumna, Danielle Turton (now at Newcastle). The paper, titled ‘Locating speakers in the socioeconomic hierarchy: towards the optimal indicators of social class’ is based on data from Maciej’s Manchester English project. This ways NWAV was […]