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Assessing homonymic awareness in children from diverse linguistic backgrounds Lydia Gunning (University of Leeds) Homonymous words are defined as those which have multiple, unrelated meanings, but each meaning of the word has identical spelling and pronunciation. Whilst homonyms are rife within the English language, there is a paucity of research exploring homonymic awareness in children,…
Sociolinguistics and social change Julia Snell (School of English, University of Leeds) Sociolinguistic analyses of classroom data help us to understand how language attitudes and ideologies manifest in situated interaction and how these influence teachers’ practice, pupils’ identities, and learning processes. But what role can this research play in challenging (indeed changing) negative attitudes and…
Effects of code-switching on the processing of emotional words Aleksandra Tomic (UiT – Arctic University of Norway) Many phenomena in psycholinguistics have been studied using artificial paradigms due to laboratory limitations. Code-switching, a highly socially regulated practice, may be one of the phenomena experimentally studied with the least regard for the environment it appears in…
Urban multilingualism in early modern England Dr John Gallagher – School of History – University of Leeds England in the sixteenth and seventeenth century was abuzz with languages. Cities like London, Norwich, and Canterbury were were home to migrant communities speaking a wide variety of languages, while English-speakers were increasingly keen to learn continental vernaculars…
We invite registrations for the fourth (online) event in the international AHRC Research Network Communicating the Unsayable: Learning at the Intersection of Language and the Arts (LILA), a partnership between University of Leeds and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Leeds Libraries, Pudsey Wellbeing Charity, Museu de Lleida and The British Museum. The theme of the event, which is co-hosted…
To overcome isolation during the pandemic, this year’s PGR conference will be held online, through the combination of a specially-created OSF repository and an online meeting. Please see https://www.latl.leeds.ac.uk/linguistics-pgr-virtual-poster-conference-2020/ for information.
The next online talk from the Business Confucius Institute features translator and interpreter Faruk Mardan. He will be sharing his observations about Chinese and UK business culture based on his interpreting experience in a variety of business situations. If this is of interest we hope you will be able to join us. Friday 29 May,…
We are delighted to announce that the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Postgraduate Research Conference 2020 will be hosted on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th May 2020. This conference is scheduled as an online conference under the theme “Conducting Research in Challenging Times”. We have an array of presenters who will share their research and reflect on research…
If you would like to attend this talk online, please email language@leeds.ac.uk by the 11th of May at the latest. “Learner corpora and SLA theory: the importance of task design” (abstract to be posted soon) Florence Myles, University of Essex Learner corpora are becoming a significant asset for second language acquisition research, and are becoming…
THIS EVENT WILL BE RESCHEDULED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER THE PERIOD OF CONFINEMENT. Professor Asifa Majid has accepted our invitation to be the L@L Distinguished Speaker for 2019-2020. Prof. Majid is an acclaimed specialist in Language, Communication and Cultural Cognition. She was appointed Inspirational Research Leader at the University of York in 2018. She…