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Welcome to new PGR students

October 4, 2021 by

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We have a number of new PGR students joining us this year at LEL. You can learn more about them below, and you can look forward to Manchet reporting about their scientific adventures. Welcome! I undertook a BA in English Language and Literature at the University of Barcelona, where I am from. I did my Erasmus year at UoM […]

Welcome to new colleagues

September 20, 2021 by

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It’s the first day of the new academic year, so welcome back everyone, and an especially warm welcome to our two new colleagues: Colin Bannard and Serge Sagna. Colin (pictured right, he’s the human one with clothes on) received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, and he has since worked in Lepizig, Austin (Texas) […]

The return of the hike

September 7, 2021 by

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Manchet may have said something yesterday about new academic year coming, and nothing screams NEW ACADEMIC YEAR louder than the time-honoured tradition of the departmental hike. We are pleased to announce that the hike is back after a Covid-induced hiatus, and we have been able to obtain photographic evidence! There is talk of 29,000 steps. […]

APEX award for Bermúdez-Otero and Galla

May 20, 2021 by

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Linguistics and astrophysics may be an unlikely combination, but it’s proving to be a winning one! We already know it from the study of geospatial distribution of linguistic features by Henri Kauhanen, Deepthi Gopal, Tobias Galla and Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero in Sciences Advances, and it seems these four are not done yet. In most recent news, […]

Nichols viva-ed

May 5, 2021 by

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We have a new doctor! LEL’s Stephen Nichols has passed his viva, defending a thesis on “Explorations in the phonology, typology and grounding of height harmony in five-vowel Bantu languages”. The thesis is a multi-pronged approach to investigating the causes and the typological characteristics of vowel harmony, bringing in new data from several Bantu languages. […]

Morrison doctored

November 16, 2020 by

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Readers of Manchet are no strangers to Donald Morrison, who has featured regularly on these pages with his impressive publications, and his handsome pets. As of today, Donald is Doctor Donald after he sailed through his viva, passing it with *no corrections*. Donald’s thesis is titled “Modularity and stratification in phonology: Evidence from Scottish Gaelic”, […]

AHRC grant for Mosegaard Hansen

October 16, 2020 by

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Congratulations to Maj-Britt for winning a prestigious AHRC Research Networking Grant! The project will focus on The Role of Pragmatics in Cyclic Language Change. The Co-I is Prof Richard Waltereit (Humboldt U, Berlin), and the network consists of 22 senior and junior colleagues from Europe, North America, the Middle East and the Far East.

Coretta viva-ed

December 5, 2019 by

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It’s Manchet’s favourite type of post: a successful PhD viva. Stefano Coretta, has defended his thesis titled ‘Vowel duration and consonant voicing: A production study’. Beneath this unassuming title hides a volume of immense complexity. Here’s Manchet’s own simplified synopsis. The vowel in tap is shorter than vowel in tab, and we see a similar […]

Welcome (back) to Mary Begley

September 20, 2019 by

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Attentive readers of Manchet will recognise Mary Begley, who graduated from LEL last year. This term, she returns as a colleague to teach a new unit, The Changing Structure of English. Here is Mary introducing herself, at Manchet’s request. “My interests are historical lexical change, particularly Middle English. My thesis addressed change in the ME […]

Welcome to Ariadne Loutrari!

September 18, 2019 by

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Welcome to Ariadne Loutrari, who’s joining LEL for this year as a lecturer. Ariadne received her Ph.D. in Linguistics, with a focus on Neurolinguistics and Music Psychology from Birkbeck, University of London. She is interested in both congenital and acquired disorders and their effect on the processing of language and music. You can find more […]