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Albert Valdman award for outstanding publication in 2020 awarded to Cecile De Cat

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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...

Extinction Studies DTP

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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...

New article on sociolinguistic awareness in Galician bilinguals by Dr Gisela Tomé Lourido and Dr Bronwen Evans

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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,...

Arabic PGR Satellite on VideoLeeds

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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...

Language and/or Nature in Southern Arabia

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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...

Speaking Citizens: The Politics of Speech Education 1850–Present

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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 by Clare Wright and Parvaneh Tavakoli

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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  

International Journal of Chinese Language Teaching Special Issue on Chinese for Specific Purposes - Call for Papers

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Guest Co-editors Daoxiong Guan, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA Clare Wright, University of Leeds, UK Ying Peng, University of Leeds, UK We invite submissions for original papers for a special issue for International Journal of Chinese Language Teaching (IJCLT) (www.clt-international.org) on the topic of Chinese for Specific Purposes, to appear in early 2022 Aims...

Arabic Language@Leeds Satellite - call for participants

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The Arabic Language@Leeds PGR is an interdisciplinary group of PhD students meeting twice a month to discuss various issues in Arabic language and linguistics. The group is a great opportunity to showcase your research with other PGRs and staff involved in research on Arabic, as well as providing you with valuable feedback and networking activities....