Dominic Watt @ LEL Research Seminar

November 7, 2017
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This week is a special week for the Research seminars, as there will be an additional lecture on Wednesday, November 8 (besides the regular Tuesday sesh). On Wednesday, we’ll welcome Dominic Watt (University of York) to speak about forensic linguistics and voice impersonation. Here’s the abstract: Fake yous: Voice impersonation by human and machine as […]

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Rickard Ramhöj @ LEL Research Seminar

October 30, 2017
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On Tuesday, November 7th, LEL welcomes Rickard Ramhöj to the research seminar series to talk about his ongoing research into the history of clausal subjects. This talk promises to be inspiring for staff and students with an interest in the history of English, historical linguistics, syntax and syntactic change, semantics and discourse function. Here is […]

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Journal of Phonetics award for Strycharczuk

October 27, 2017
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Manchet has previously reported on Pat’s painstaking research into pronunciation differences between ruler (=‘measuring device’) and ruler (=‘political leader’). Pat’s recent paper on this subject, titled ‘Gradual or abrupt? The phonetic path to morphologisation’ has been awarded a prize by The Journal of Phonetics for a Best Early Career Scholar’s Article of The Year. The […]

Event to attend: ‘The World of Language – Languages of the World’

October 12, 2017
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As part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, Sascha Stollhans (PhD student and Teaching Assistant in LEL) and Eva Adelseck (German Studies) are hosting a day on “The World of Language – Languages of the World” on 10 November 2017. There will be two main events: An interactive exhibition, showcasing linguistics research at the […]

Sander Lestrade at LEL Research Seminars

October 9, 2017
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After a gap in the seminar programme on October 10th, the LEL Research Seminar returns on Tuesday, October 17th with Dr Sander Lestrade (Nijmegen). In his talk, Sander will be discussing a recent paper of his published in PLOS ONE. The paper tackles one of the most intriguing phenomena in natural language called ‘Zipf’s law’ […]

UG dissertation gets publicity

October 5, 2017
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The UG dissertation of Amy Portwood, called ‘All in a Name: Parental Naming Activity in Multilingual Manchester’ (submitted in May 2017, supervised by Prof Yaron Matras) has received some publicity. For her dissertation, Amy set out to ask 120 local mothers about the names given to their children born between 2010- 2015 (now aged between two and […]

Mancunians at Ultrafest

October 5, 2017
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Two of the Manchester phoneticians are in Potsdam this week, participating in Ultrafest VIII a cyclical event focused on the use of Ultrasound Tongue Imaging in speech science. Stefano presenting PhD student Stefano Coretta gave a talk on ‘Vowel duration and tongue root advancement in Italian and Polish’, whereas colleague Patrycja Strycharczuk talked about ‘Midsagittal […]