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On the 15th of July, Be Curious LATES featured Draško Kašćelan (LCS) and Fiona Douglas (School of English), on the theme of inclusion and identity – an evening of exploration into impactful research, which focuses on sexuality, social inclusion, diversity and identity.  Draško discussed the challenge of documenting children’s bilingual experience through questionnaires (as part of…
Dates: 2021-2023 Funding body: Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (£51,390) Primary investigator: Dr. Julia Snell (School of English) L@L satellite: Language and Society The attainment gap is widening between disadvantaged pupils and their more privileged peers in English primary schools. There is increasing evidence that effective use of talk-intensive (or ‘dialogic’) pedagogies can close this gap….
This double-length article reports on a multifaceted investigation of the environmental and cognitive predictors of proficiency in English as the school language, in a diverse group of 5- to 7-year-old heritage speakers of a variety of other languages. It adopts a data-driven approach to compare the informativity of alternative predictors (e.g., current vs. cumulative language…
Thea Pitman, Diane Nelson and Janet Watson are on the supervisory team for the new Leverhulme-funded Extinction Studies Doctoral Training Programme (PL Graham Huggan). The DTP will host PGR projects that deal with extinction – biological, cultural and linguistic – from a range of perspectives that cut across Social Science, Natural Science and the Humanities. This exciting new interdisciplinary…
The article reports a study which investigates whether a distinctive variety spoken by Galician new speakers (neofalantes) has emerged in the speech community and whether listeners’ language background influences accent identification abilities and patterns. The article is entitled “Sociolinguistic Awareness in Galician Bilinguals: Evidence from an Accent Identification Task” and has been published in Languages,…
We are pleased to announce that the Arabic Language@Leeds PGR Satellite has launched a new series of videos on VideoLeeds, the official University of Leeds video channel. Every month we will upload the recordings of our Research Talks, which hosts scholars from the Middle East, Europe and North America. The first Research Talk, hold in…
The online Language and/or Nature in Southern Arabia series hosted PGR students from Oman, Yemen and Saudi Arabia on 9th February 2021. The following speakers presented: Kamela al-Barami (University of Leeds) – Fieldwork in Oman during the Covid-19 pandemic: challenges and opportunities Mohammed al-Shahri (Heidelberg University) – اللغة الشحرية: كلمة واحدة لها عدة معاني Thamer…
I would like to inform language@leeds members about a new AHRC-funded research project entitled Speaking Citizens: The Politics of Speech Education 1850–Present. We are a group of historians, linguists and social scientists exploring ideas about speech and citizenship in modern Britain. Our aim is find out more about attitudes to speaking in Britain from the Victorian…
New book publication, Second language speech fluency: From research to practice, has been published by Cambridge University Press. Please see the details of the volume at the link below. 20% discount applies. https://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/languages-linguistics/applied-linguistics-and-second-language-acquisition/second-language-speech-fluency-research-practice?format=PB