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This book examines key issues in theories of what language is and what happens in the mind during second language acquisition. Chapters provide cutting-edge insights and new empirical findings spanning formal and cognitive linguistics, psycholinguistics and second language development, to understand the role of learner-internal factors in SLA. Clare Wright is Lecturer in Linguistics and…
Diane Nelson (Linguistics & Phonetics) gave a public lunchtime talk at Leeds Art Gallery (3rd of May) on work by sculptor Carl Plackman. She will discuss how Plackman explored the nature of language, consciousness and the brain, and how these themes are reflected in Anne Hardy’s current installation, Falling and Walking. City-Gallery-blog-May2018
Some of Language@Leeds’ activity was represented at the Festival of Interdisciplinary Research, under the Culture Theme. Taking place on 3 May 2018, the festival provided the opportunity to meet people from the University’s Themes and Platforms, which drive and support the development of interdisciplinary research. It showcased examples of how our researchers work across the…
Helen Sadig (Language Centre) and Cecile De Cat (Linguistics & Phonetics) have been awarded an Excellence and Innovation Fellowship by the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence for 2018/19 for the project “Building a civic curriculum: Helping local schools better support EAL children through enhanced student impact and teacher CPD”. Helen will design a language training…
On 13 March 2018, teachers, students and researchers from across the L@L network met with many of the 400 visitors who braved the snow and storms to attend Leeds University’s Be Curious day, and find out more about what we do in the largest school of languages in the UK. At the “How and why…
The Kartvelian and Caucasian Studies research satellite at the University of Leeds welcomes visiting scholar Eter Churadze from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia. Eter Churadze is a Postgraduate researcher. Her research focuses on literary translation problems, particularly on the complexities of form maintenance of Hemingway’s short stories in the course of translating into Georgian. During…
Dr Davies’s successful research grant award will fund the project “Children’s experience, understanding, and use of adjectives across the socioeconomic spectrum”. Congratulations to Dr Cat Davies who has been awarded a grant of £300,000 from the Economic and Social Research Council to support a three-year project on language and socioeconomic disadvantage. The project aims to…
Sophiko Daraselia, PhD student at the University of Leeds and leader of the L@L research satellite on Kartvelian and Caucasian languages, was interviewed live on the most popular Georgian TV about her research and about the University of Leeds. Here’s a link to the interview – in Georgian! https://www.imedi.ge/ge/video/15196/tsarmatebuli-qartveli-studentebi-britanetshi  
Lecturer in Language Education, Dr Lou Harvey, together with the theatre company, Cap-a-Pie, developed The Translator, a work-in-progress theatrical performance based on her research into the language and intercultural learning experience of UK Higher Education students from abroad. The major finding from her doctoral project was that participants experienced communicative difficulties in their intercultural encounters as a…
Videos of the BAAL2017 plenaries and roundtable event are now on the BAAL website https://baal.org.uk/annual-conference/   Plenaries: Bencie Woll – Applied Linguistics from the perspective of Sign Language and Deaf Studies Henry Widdowson – Disciplinarity and disparity in applied linguistics Mohamed Daoud – Language teaching in turbulent times: Curriculum-savvy teachers for curriculum success and sustainability  BAAL…