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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…
With Professor Gunther Kress and Professor Theo Van Leeuwen 9.00am – 1pm, Tuesday 16th May 2017, Baines Wing SR (1.13) Proposals due 3 April, 2017 The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies and the School of Media and Communication will be hosting Professor Gunther Kress (Institute of Education, University College London) and Professor Theo Van Leeuwen (University of…
Congratulations to Professor Janet C.E. Watson, who has received an AHRC Network grant to investigate the symbiotic relationship between local languages and nature in Southern & Eastern Arabia through a multidisciplinary network of ecosystem and humanities scholars from the UK, North America, Russia, Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia, and representatives from local social groups in Southern…
Congratulations to Dr Cat Davies, who has been awarded 2000USD from the Association of Psychological Sciences to join the international project ManyBabies. Cat will examine babies’ preference for infant-directed vs. adult-directed speech by eye-tracking twenty 12-15 month-olds later this year. The project’s main aims are to assess reproducibility of key findings in this area, to…
The 50th Anniversary Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics will be hosted by the Centre for Language Education Research, University of Leeds, on 31 August – 2 September 2017. The theme of the conference focuses on the notion of diversity within the field of Applied Linguistics in a diversifying world. Keynote Speakers will be:…
Congratulations to Dr Leendert Plug, who has been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant of about £190,000 to support the three-year project ‘Speech tempo perception and missing sounds’. The project continues Leendert’s research collaboration with Dr Rachel Smith (University of Glasgow), which is currently supported by a British Academy and Leverhulme Trust Small Grant….