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Advocating for inclusivity of people with disabilities through visual communication

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Dr. Pei Soo Ang, University Malaya, Malaysia Advocating for inclusivity of people with disabilities through visual communication To attend the talk, please register here   MULTIMODALITY TALKS Series is a joint initiative for researchers across the world who are interested in multimodality. It aims to provide a platform for dialogue for advancing multimodal research across disciplines. Multimodality...

Picture characters and paralanguage: Modelling emoji-text relations in social media discourse

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Dr. Michele Zappavigna, University of New South Wales, Australia Picture characters and paralanguage: Modelling emoji-text relations in social media discourse                                     To attend the talk, please register here MULTIMODALITY TALKS Series is a joint initiative for researchers across the world who are interested in multimodality. It aims to provide a platform for dialogue for advancing multimodal...

Multimodal communication in emergent multilingual contexts: analyzing tutor-students’ interactions

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Dr Maria Papadopoulou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Multimodal communication in emergent multilingual contexts: analyzing tutor-students’ interactions                                     To attend the talk, please register here   MULTIMODALITY TALKS Series is a joint initiative for researchers across the world who are interested in multimodality. It aims to provide a platform for dialogue for advancing multimodal research across disciplines....

Linguistic/Cultural Diversity in Teaching and Learning: Why it matters

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Linguistic/Cultural Diversity in Teaching and Learning: Why it matters This is the first in a series of events discussing the role of linguistic and cultural diversity in teaching and learning. In this event, we are delighted to welcome five speakers from diverse disciplinary areas whose work intersects with this topic:     Standardised English and linguistic diversity in teaching: Challenging myths,...

New approaches to (digital) social networks

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‘New approaches to (digital) social networks’ Prof Mikko Laitinen (University of Eastern Finland)   To view the recording, please click here. Social networks play a considerable role in language variation and change, and social network theory has offered a powerful tool in modeling how linguistic innovations spread into communities (Milroy 1987). However, existing work on...

Chatting with computers

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Leah Henrickson (School of Media and Communication) This talk will explain what natural language generation (NLG) systems are, and how they’re currently being used. Examples from news articles, pieces of creative writing, and chatbots will be discussed with the audience to elucidate the potential positive/negative implications of these systems.

The problem with problems: new methods for analysing problem-solving talk in the Clinton Email Corpus

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‘The problem with problems: new methods for analysing problem-solving talk in the Clinton Email Corpus’ Dr Rachele de Felice (Open University)  In this talk, I present a corpus-based approach to detecting problem-solving talk in workplace emails. In particular, I will address the following two questions: 1) Can we automatically identify discussion of ‘problems’ in a...

CLER conversation: A new approach to understanding the rise of English as a Medium of Instruction in European higher education

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Professor Kristina Hultgren Since the turn of the millennium, most of Europe’s non-English-dominant nation states have seen a remarkable rise in English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI). To date, this rise has been attributed mainly to supranational drivers, such as internationalization, the Bologna Process and increased cross-border competition and collaboration. What has received less...

Deaf community ownership of endangered sign language revitalisation

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Deaf community ownership of endangered sign language revitalisation Jill Jones, obo Deaf Experience Ltd (DEX) – formerly Deaf Ex-Mainstreamers Ltd. Abstract Sign languages are well researched visuospacial languages highly suited to deaf people for meaning and symbolic value: deaf people are in their natural element when they sign, just as hearing people are when they...