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Call for Participants: Research Workshop on Multimodality


With Professor Gunther Kress and Professor Theo Van Leeuwen 9.00am – 1pm, Tuesday 16th May 2017, Baines Wing SR (1.13) Proposals due 3 April, 2017 The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies and the School of Media and Communication will be hosting Professor Gunther Kress (Institute of Education, University College London) and Professor Theo Van Leeuwen (University of...

Funding Success: The Symbiotic Relationship between Language and Nature in Southern and Eastern Arabia


Congratulations to Professor Janet C.E. Watson, who has received an AHRC Network grant to investigate the symbiotic relationship between local languages and nature in Southern & Eastern Arabia through a multidisciplinary network of ecosystem and humanities scholars from the UK, North America, Russia, Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia, and representatives from local social groups in Southern...

Funding Success: Cat Davies to Join International Project 'ManyBabies'


Congratulations to Dr Cat Davies, who has been awarded 2000USD from the Association of Psychological Sciences to join the international project ManyBabies. Cat will examine babies’ preference for infant-directed vs. adult-directed speech by eye-tracking twenty 12-15 month-olds later this year. The project’s main aims are to assess reproducibility of key findings in this area, to...

CLER to Host British Association for Applied Linguistics Meeting


The 50th Anniversary Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics will be hosted by the Centre for Language Education Research, University of Leeds, on 31 August - 2 September 2017. The theme of the conference focuses on the notion of diversity within the field of Applied Linguistics in a diversifying world. Keynote Speakers will be:...

Funding Success: Speech tempo perception and missing sounds


Congratulations to Dr Leendert Plug, who has been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant of about £190,000 to support the three-year project ‘Speech tempo perception and missing sounds’. The project continues Leendert’s research collaboration with Dr Rachel Smith (University of Glasgow), which is currently supported by a British Academy and Leverhulme Trust Small Grant....

British Council Arabic Review


Language at Leeds colleagues will contribute to a review of Arabic teaching in UK schools.

Visiting close relatives: Exploiting similarities between related languages - 22nd January


Serge Sharoff and Janet Watson will be presenting: 'Visiting close relatives: Exploiting similarities between related languages' at the LHRI on 22nd January from 2-3pm.   Abstract: Typological relationships between the languages have been studied for a long time, covering their morphology, grammar and lexicons. In this presentation our primary focus is the corpus link, presenting...

Linguistic Ethnography in Practice sessions


A final few places are available for the Linguistic Ethnography data workshops (15-16 January, in Leeds, UK). The fee is only £20 for ECRs and free to current PhDs, and the final deadline is 14 December. You are warmly invited to join fellow PhD students and ECRs to explore different perspectives on and approaches to ethnographic...

CLER Seminar - 2nd December


The next Centre for Language Education Research seminar at University of Leeds will take place on Wednesday 2 December, 1-2, in the Coach House at Hillary Place. Martin Lamb from University of Leeds will be talking about Desire for English in the semiotics of an Indonesian product leaflet (abstract below). Seminars are free and open to all, and we look forward to welcoming...

Connecting Language and Vision talk Thursday 3 Dec 1-2pm


TIME AND DATE: Thursday 3 December, 1-2pm VENUE: School of Computing Active Learning Lab, EC Stoner room 9.30a (off Staircase 2). SPEAKER: Muhannad Al-Omari, School of Computing, Leeds **Connecting Language and Vision: Autonomous, Incremental Learning and Grounding of Natural Language Descriptions to Perceptual Features** Language is a powerful modality that enables humans to interact with...