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Chris Montgomery at LEL Research Seminar

January 8, 2018 by

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The first LEL Research Seminar of 2018 features Dr Chris Montgomery, senior lecturer at the University of Sheffield. Montgomery is an expert in perceptual dialectology, and studies the perceptions of non-linguists. In his talk, he will do exactly that, focussing on Scilly. Evaluating S(c)illy Voices: The effects of salience, stereotypes, and co-present language variables on real-time […]

Last LEL Research seminar of 2017 – Johan Lundberg

December 1, 2017 by

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For the last research talk of the semester, we welcome Johan Lundberg (Cambridge). Johan studied Theology and Ancient Near Eastern languages in Uppsala, Oslo, and Leiden. Next Tuesday, December 5th, he will be talking about his work on Aramaic Relative Clauses. The Diachrony of Aramaic Relative Clauses in Relation to other Subordinate Constructions Johan M. […]

Baranowski’s new publication in LVC

November 29, 2017 by

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Maciej Baranowski has just published a paper in the renowned variationist journal Language variation and change. The paper, based on one of the largest speech community studies ever conducted, considers the connection between GOOSE-fronting and GOAT-fronting by exploring the social distribution of the two changes. In the paper, Maciej compares the role of social class with that […]

Florent Perek speaking at next LEL Research Seminar

November 25, 2017 by

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On Tuesday, November 28, our department welcomes Florent Perek to the LEL Research seminars. Florent, a lecturer at the University of Birmingham, describes himself as a cognitive linguist, a quantitative corpus linguist, and a construction grammarian. In his talk (see abstract below), he will discuss how to model constructional change with distributional semantics, and as such his […]

Aleksei Nazarov @ LEL Research Seminar

November 19, 2017 by

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Next Tuesday (November 21), Aleksei Nazarov, a senior lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, will be speaking at the weekly LEL Research seminars. His talk will focus on ‘learning variability and exceptionality in Optimality Theory’, and promises to be very exciting for anyone interested in phonetics, phonology, language acquisition, and computational linguistics! Here’s the abstract: Learning […]

Next PhilSoc meeting at UoM

November 13, 2017 by

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The next meeting of the Philological Society will take place at the LEL department on Saturday 18th of November. At the meeting, three early-career researchers, Dr Eva Zehentner (York), Dr Kari Kinn (Oslo), and LEL lecturer Lauren Fonteyn, will make presentations on Approaches to Grammatical Change, followed by a round table discussion chaired by LEL’s Prof. Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen. PhilSoc meeting Approaches_to_Grammatical_Change […]

Geraldine Horan (UCL) @ LEL Research Seminar

November 13, 2017 by

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On Tuesday, November 14, we welcome Dr Geraldine Horan to our department. Dr Horan is based at the School of European Languages, Culture, and Society of UCL. Her talk – Sprache Der Heimat/Language of home: Discourses of Dialect and Identity in Cologne – summarises some of her recent research, and looks at media constructions of the dialect […]