Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes in Manchester English

March 20, 2022

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“Ah, how Manchester’s changed” is a sentiment you hear a lot, usually in the context of skyscrapers springing up like mushrooms all over the place. But there are also other changes enveloping the city, and you’ll only know if you keep an ear, and other instruments, to a rich corpus of sociolinguistic data. It’s just […]

New book by Sagna

March 17, 2022

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Hot off the press is Serge Sagna’s book on “Cross-Categorial Classification”. The book has been published by De Gruyter as part of the Empirical Approaches to Language Typology Series. If you’d like to snap up a copy, you can do so here. The highlights are below (from the publisher’s website). Languages in which non-finite verbs […]

Jens Hopperdietzel at LEL Seminar

March 7, 2022

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This week’s LEL seminar will feature our very own Jens Hopperdietzel, who will present on “Manner/result polysemy in Daakaka” (see below for an abstract). The talk will take place on Tuesday 8th March at 4pm in Samuel Alexander. There is also an option of following it remotely via zoom.  Manner/result polysemy in Daakaka:   Complex […]

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Xing viva-ed

March 4, 2022

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Manchet is delighted to announce LEL’s latest viva. Kaiyue Xing has passed her viva, defending a dissertation titled “Phonetic and phonological perspectives on rhoticity in Mandarin”. The dissertation provides novel rich data on r-sounds in Beijing Mandarin. It’s been said that these may or may not be r-sounds, but Kaiyue has settled this controversy once […]

Elizabeth Stokoe at LEL seminar

February 7, 2022

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The LEL seminar series will re-start tomorrow, 8th February, with a talk by Elizabeth Stokoe (Loughborough). The talk will be delivered on Zoom, starting 4pm. If you’re on campus, you can watch the talk in Sam Alex A201. The title and abstract are below. The softness of hard data Elizabeth Stokoe As largely (but not exclusively) […]

Morrison in JIPA

January 11, 2022

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It’s a great start of the year for LEL’s Donald Morrison whose paper has just appeared in Journal of the International Phonetic Association. The paper, titled “Vowel allophony in Ness Gaelic: Phonetic and phonological patterns of laxing and retraction”, documents a number of phonological processes affecting the vowels in the dialect of Scottish Gaelic spoken in […]

Successful viva for Juliette Angot

December 17, 2021

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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. […]

Martin Haspelmath at LEL seminar

December 13, 2021

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The final LEL seminar of this term will feature Martin Haspelmath (Max Planck Institute, Jena), who will speak on Method and theory in comparative grammar: Measurement uniformity vs. building block uniformity (abstract below). The speaker will deliver his talk via Zoom (, at 4pm on Tuesday 14/12/2021. There is also an option of watching this talk from […]

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Mary Chioti at LEL seminar

November 29, 2021

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This week’s seminar talk will be by LEL’s own Mary Chioti. Mary will give her talk in-person in Roscoe_2.3, but it’s also possible to attend remotely via . The talk will be on Tuesday, 30/11/2021 at 4pm. The abstract is below. The Cognitive and Affective Bases of Accent Attitudes Mary Chioti   The study examines the formation of […]

Rutland viva-ed

November 17, 2021

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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 […]