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Multilingualism and multiliteracy in primary school children in India: Linguistic and cognitive effects. A starting point of this research is that bilingualism and multilingualism have revealed cognitive advantages and good learning skills in children raised in Western societies. Multilingualism is the norm in India. However, rather than enjoying cognitive and learning advantages, multilingual Indian children show  low levels of…
In this workshop, you will learn now to use the intuitive Builder interface PsychoPy. This interface aims to be easy enough for use in undergraduate teaching, yet flexible enough for high-precision experimental psychology. Getting started with basic experiments is really easy, but this workshop will show you how to extend those simple experiments into more…
This workshop will introduce you to Python, a high-level programming language for general-purpose programming that focuses on code readability and efficiency. It will prepare you for the PsychoPy workshop (7th of June) by familiarising you with key Python objects (variables, lists and dicts, if-statements, and for-loops). The workshop will be delivered by Martin Callaghan. Attendance…
Linear regression models are statistical tools used to uncover the relation between a response variable and set of predictor variables. Standard least-squares linear regression estimates how the mean response varies with the predictors. However, there are cases where the behaviour of the mean response is not the main object of interest. For example, suppose that we are interested in quantifying the relation…
Research talk by Dr Cat Davies (Linguistics & Phonetics) Inferencing is essential for children’s understanding of extended discourse, but relatively little is known about which experiences might encourage inferencing skills during the preschool years. Using a randomised control trial, we tested the effect of increasing exposure to inferential questions during shared book reading on 4-year-olds’…
Version control can be thought of as the research notebook of the digital world: it’s what professional software developers and authors use to keep track of what they’ve done and to collaborate with other people. Every large software project relies on it, and many people who write code use it for their small jobs as…
Invited research talk by Dr Iona Hine & Prof Susan Fitzmaurice, University of Sheffield Over the past three years, the Linguistic DNA team has been developing a set of of computational methods for identifying discursive concepts in the universe of early modern English discourse transcribed from Early English Books Online by the Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCP). The task of modelling discursive concepts in…
Speakers: Janet Watson and Barry Heselwood Abstract: Silent articulations have only rarely been reported as occurring systematically in the phonologies of languages. Lawson et al. (2015) found Scottish English speakers executing /r/-articulations such that maximum displacement was reached after the phonatory source had ceased, rendering the articulation inaudible, and Gick et al. (2012) investigated utterance-final…
In this workshop you will learn how to import data in R, how to prepare it for analysis, and how to explore it visually. Among other things, the content covered will include: cleaning data, dealing with vectors, factors, variables and data types handling data with multiple dimensions merging fields (columns) and adding derived fields subsetting,…
This talk will be presented by Dr Diane Nelson (Linguistics & Phonetics, University of Leeds) Abstract: Mari belongs to the Uralic language family, along with Finnish and Hungarian. It is spoken by about 300,000 people in the Mari El Republic of Russia and by a large diaspora in Bashkortostan and Tatarstan. The main dialects of…