LEL linguists at LAGB and UKLVC

September 6, 2021
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Two major UK linguistics conferences are taking place this week, both with a strong Mancunian presence. The annual LAGB (Linguistic Association of Great Britain) meeting brings together linguists from various subfields. This year, the heavy lifting on behalf of Manchester is done by Eva Schultze-Berndt, who will deliver two papers: “Modals with different scales: Evidence […]

Siena Weingartz scoops up an LAGB award

September 2, 2021
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Congratulations to LEL alumna, Siena Weingartz who has won this year’s LAGB (Linguistics Association for Great Britain) Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Dissertation in Linguistics. There is a national competition for the award in which only four students can triumph, so it’s quite an achievement. In fact, Manchet can reveal that Siena is the first Manchester […]

Hohaus showered with awards

September 1, 2021
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LEL’s Vera Hohaus has won Outstanding Staff Award for Teaching, Learning and the Student Experience. The nominations for this award come from students, and the criteria include providing a well-organised course that is taught effectively and supported through high-quality assessment and feedback, engaging and challenging the students in a supportive manner and motivating them to […]

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Successful viva for Canzi

August 31, 2021
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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
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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 – […]

Hohaus at the EGG School

August 4, 2021
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It’s a busy summer for Vera Hohaus, who’s teaching two classes at the EGG (Eastern Generative Grammar) Summer School. The EGG school is an institution in theoretical linguistics with years of experience in providing affordable advanced linguistics training for graduate students from around the world. This year’s edition is online. Vera’s teaching two classes: an […]

Strycharczuk, Ćavar and Coretta in JASA

August 2, 2021
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LEL’s Pat Strycharczuk has just published a paper in collaboration with Małgorzata Ćavar (Indiana University Bloomington) and with PhD alumnus, Stefano Coretta (now at IPC Munich). The paper, titled “Distance vs. time. Acoustic and articulatory consequences of reduced vowel duration in Polish”, appeared in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. The study investigates […]

Nini’s latest detective assignment

July 30, 2021
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LEL’s chief detective, Andrea Nini, is on a new quest. This one concerns Charles Dickens. Dickens used shorthand, but he created his own version. As a result, some of his works are undeciphered until this day. If you want to know more, watch this talk by Andrea. But it gets better! The Dickens Code project, […]

Q-Step award for Qingcheng Zeng

July 22, 2021
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Third year Linguistics student, Qingcheng Zeng, has won this year’s Q-Step award for the best quantitative dissertation. The competition includes a number of degree courses: Criminology, English Language / Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Studies and International Relations, Social Anthropology and Sociology. Qingcheng’s dissertation was judged best overall, winning praise for exceptionally advanced analysis. The dissertation compares various […]

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Ricardo’s mathematical moment

July 8, 2021
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LEL’s Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero has been interviewed by the American Mathematical Society about his research on what’s hot and what’s not in the world of linguistic features (joint with Henri Kauhanen, Deepthi Gopal and Tobias Galla, see here). The interview, along with a poster, is part of the “Mathematical Moments” program, which promotes the application of […]