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Successful viva for Juliette Angot

December 17, 2021 by

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Congratulations to Juliette Angot on passing her viva! Juliette’s dissertation, supervised by Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen and Martina Faller, is on “Epistemic and subjective expressions in French: the case of ‘je pense’, ‘je crois’, and ‘je trouve’.” The examiners were LEL’s Eva Schultze-Berndt and Kate Beeching (UWE, via Zoom). Pictured below is Juliette with her committee. […]

Rutland viva-ed

November 17, 2021 by

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Congratulations to Colin Rutland on passing his viva voce! Colin’s dissertation is titled “The lexical semantics of gradable nouns in English”. It provides a revised explanation of the meaning of potentially ambiguous adnominally modified noun phrases like “big smoker” and “complete idiot” using degree semantics and the theory of kinds. Colin explored the grammar of […]

Successful viva for Canzi

August 31, 2021 by

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Hip hip hurrah for LEL’s Max Canzi who passed his viva voce last Friday (the Bank Holiday issue of Manchet had already gone to press by then). Max’s dissertation is titled “What PMN? Investigating phonological processing in semantics-free speech perception with ERP”. If that’s not self-explanatory, PMN stands for “phonological negativity mismatch” and ERP stands […]

Moretti viva-ed

August 27, 2021 by

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Congratulations to Lorenzo Moretti (pictured below) for passing his PhD viva! Lorenzo started his PhD at Manchester in 2017, working on the origin of auxiliary do under the supervision of Tine Brebam and Kersti Börjars, with John Payne as the Independent Reviewer. What he’s found out is that auxiliary do is the result of two constructions – causative do and pro-verb do – […]

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. […]