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The School of Education has recently made three new appointments in the Language Education area. Huahui Zhao (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Diana Mazgutova (Lancaster University) have been appointed in lecturer posts. Huahui’s research interests are in assessment for language learning and in language learning with digital technology. Diana has published on syntactic and lexical development…
We are delighted to announce that our proposal to host a Sadler Seminar Series on Biolinguistic Diversity across the Continents has been approved. The seminar series will run through the academic year 2017 – 2018, with a launch event for all the Sadler Seminar Series scheduled for late September or early October. The seminar series…
On June 21 2017, Language@Leeds hosted a networking event to set up a region-wide collaboration aiming to enhance the support for pupils with English as an Additional Language. The event hosted over 50 stakeholders from across the region including teachers, speech and language therapists, researchers, representatives from local authorities and charitable organisations. To find out more about this event, the network, or the…
Diane Nelson and Virve Vihman presented a talk titled ‘“The toys are alive!”: Animacy, reference, and anthropomorphism in Toy Story’ at the Egocentrism and Anthropocentrism in Language and Discourse conference held in March 2017 at ENS de Lyon, France.
Adam Benkato, a Humbolt Fellow based in Berlin, has been in Leeds to work on a collection of old recordings on vinyl made by Professor Terrence Mitchell, former Head of the Department of Linguistics and Phonetics. The recordings were made in North Africa in the 1940s and include very rare and now-extinct dialects of Arabic…
Diane Nelson, Simon Kirby and Virve Vihman, were in Tartu, Estonia in July 2017 presenting their paper ‘Emergence of animacy distinctions based on cognitive biases: an iterated learning experiment’ at the International Cognitive Linguistics Conference. Their online experiment showed that showed that languages can evolve grammatical animacy systems to become more learnable.
Language at Leeds is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Aaron Ecay as our technical support assistant for research. Aaron is a very experienced programmer (R, Phython, Java), and he will be able to help language researchers in a variety of ways,  including data preparation, visualisation and analysis (e.g. modelling), the creation of automated scripts…
The Language Scholar Journal, launched last December at the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies, is an open access and peer-reviewed publication. Its main aim is to provide an open and stimulating forum for the promotion, advancement and dissemination of teaching and learning scholarly knowledge in the broad field of Language. The Language Scholar Journal…