Lauren Fonteyn at LEL seminar

October 3, 2022
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The 2022-23 edition of the LEL seminar begins tomorrow (4th October) with a talk by Lauren Fonteyn (Leiden University). The talk will be at 4pm in Simon 1.34. The abstract and the title are below. Featured photo is from Lauren’s website MacBERTh & GysBERT:  using machine learning to automate  grammatical and semantic data annotation in historical […]

Mancunians at the LAGB meeting

September 12, 2022
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The annual meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain is taking place this week in Belfast. Representing LEL are Ryan Walter Smith, who is performing a feat of presenting a paper in two parallel sessions, Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero, and well as numerous alumni, alumnae and former colleagues, as highlighted below. Ryan Walter Smith and Jianrong […]

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Welcome to Leigh and Ryan

September 6, 2022
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Manchet is delighted to welcome two new colleagues. Joining are this semester are Leigh Harrington and Ryan Walter Smith. Leigh (pictured right) is a Lecturer in English Language, joining us from Aston University. Leigh obtained her PhD from Nottingham in 2019. Her research is on discourse analysis and pragmatics, and she’s especially interested in debt […]

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Zimmermann in “English Language and Linguistics”

August 9, 2022
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Summer time is reading time, and if you’re after reading material, Manchet’s humble recommendation is Richard Zimmermann’s latest paper. The article, published in English Language and Linguistics, is titled “A quantitative model of verb–object order in Middle English with special reference to the prose–poetry distinction”. This paper has everything. It has poetry, numbers, trees, data, […]

Mancunians at ICHL25

August 5, 2022
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Oxford University is hosting the 25th International Conference on Historical Linguistics this week. The programme features a number of papers with Manchester connections (some of them historical), as highlighted below. Romance GO + infinitive: past and future, home and awayNigel Vincent and Max W. Wheeler Dynamical systems – a standard theory for language change? Henri […]

Graduation photos are in!

July 28, 2022
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It was a record graduation this year with no fewer than five freshly minted linguistics PhDs. Congratulations to Doctors Max Canzi, Kaiyue Xing, Juliette Angot, Colin Rutland and Anh Khoi Nguyen! In the photo, they are flanked by only slightly less recent LEL PhD graduates, George Bailey and Stephen Nichols.

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Tripla AFLA Workshop at Manchester

July 6, 2022
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Last week, Manchester hosted TripleAFLA, a joint conference combining the 9th TripleA workshop for semantic fieldworkers and the 29th annual meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA). The organising team were Vera Hohaus, Jens Hopperdietzel, Margit Bowler, Emily Hanink and Andrew Koontz-Garboden. The conference featured 28 presenters and six invited speakers, and it was attended […]

Successful viva for Roisin Cosnahan 

July 1, 2022
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Congratulations to Roisin Cosnahan, who has passed her viva this morning! The title of Roisin’s dissertation is “The Role of Pragmatics in the Evolution of Negation in Northern Italian Dialects”. She’s been focusing on the uses and diachronic evolution of postverbal negative markers in Lombardian and Venetian varieties from the 13th to the 20th c., […]

LEL hike

June 23, 2022
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It’s been a very exciting academic year, and what better way to celebrate it than a hike? Last weekend, a group of LEL linguists (and friends) made it all the way from Old Glossop to an old plane crash site. Something about this destination could feel metaphorical, but it was a jolly walk enjoyed by […]

Postgraduate Summer Research Showcase award for Barrios-Jurado

June 17, 2022
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A picture is worth a thousand words, but it’s not always easy to capture linguistic topics in an image. Anyone who ever wrote a departmental linguistics blog and had to find images to accompany posts about formal semantics will know exactly what I mean. With this in mind, prepared to be impressed by the achievement […]