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We are delighted to announce that Tony McEnery, Distinguished Professor of English Language and Linguistics at Lancaster University, has accepted our invitation.  Details of the event will be posted in January.
Accented Racism at Work Invited talk by Dr Vijay Ramjattan (University of Toronto) Discussions about accent and racism in the workplace typically concern the employment discrimination faced by racialized jobseekers with non-standardized accents. The purpose of this talk is to go beyond these discussions by considering the many ways in which accent sustains different forms…
How did disruption to Early Years Education during COVID-19 affect children’s cognitive development and academic progress in 2020-2021 Dr Catherine Davies (University of Leeds) Abstract In this talk I will present the findings of two projects investigating the effects of educational disruption during COVID-19 on young children. First, the Social Distancing and Development study focuses on children…
Statistics in linguistics and phonetics: Thoughts on independence and generalizability Invited talk by Bodo Winter (University of Birmingham) Linguistics and phonetics have undergone many quantitative revolutions that deeply affected the way data analysis is conducted, such as the shift away from significance tests like t-tests and ANOVAs to the generalized linear model framework. However, despite…
Invited talk by Rachel Kan (Hong Kong Polytechnic University) Abstract: The identification of Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) remains a thorny issue in bilingual children, due to the lack of appropriate standardised tests and norms. In Hong Kong, 8-10% of children present with speech and/or language difficulties, and around 8% of the population are heritage speakers…
This year’s linguistics 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-2021/ for information.
A live talk followed by a Q and A session investigating accent bias in the workplace. Accent is one of the most salient signals of social background in Britain, yet its role in impeding social mobility and professional advancement remains under-examined. In this talk, Professor Devyani Sharma (Queen Mary University of London) will introduce the problem of accent-based…
The Ironic Spirit and Citizen Sociolinguistics Betsy Rymes (The University of Pennsylvania/Graduate School of Education) Citizen sociolinguistics refers to the activity that everyday people engage in when they talk about their views on language. Someone who writes an Urban Dictionary definition for “Jawn” is doing Citizen Sociolinguists. Someone who posts a YouTube video about “How…
We are glad to invite you to the third Research Talk of 2021 hosted by the Arabic PGR Satellite group. Dr Saussan Khalil (Cambridge University) will give a talk entitled Arabic writing in the Digital Age Traditionally, the acceptable form for Arabic writing was the fuṣḥā form, and yet we see in the digital age the…
We are glad to invite you to the second Research Talk of 2021 hosted by the Arabic PGR Satellite group. Dr David Wilmsen (American University of Sharjah) will give a talk entitled A new perspective on Arabic grammatical šī: functions and possible origins In the Arabic dialects in which it operates, the grammatical particle šī, also…