Language and Culture

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…
Diane Nelson and Virve Vihman presented a talk titled ‘“The toys are alive!”: Animacy, reference, and anthropomorphism in Toy Story’ at the Egocentrism and Anthropocentrism in Language and Discourse conference held in March 2017 at ENS de Lyon, France.
Diane Nelson, Simon Kirby and Virve Vihman, were in Tartu, Estonia in July 2017 presenting their paper ‘Emergence of animacy distinctions based on cognitive biases: an iterated learning experiment’ at the International Cognitive Linguistics Conference. Their online experiment showed that showed that languages can evolve grammatical animacy systems to become more learnable.