In 2014-15 our events ran under the auspices of the Language Variation and Change Research Group, which are archived below.
Week 1: Thursday 9 October
- Introductory meeting and social event. B89 County South, 4.30pm.
Week 2: Thursday 16 October
- Claire Nance, Sam Kirkham & Eve Groarke (Lancaster): Intonational variation in Liverpool English. B89 County South, 4.30pm.
Week 3: Tuesday 21 October (please note different day/venue)
- Daniel Ezra Johnson (Lancaster) & Jennifer Nycz (Georgetown): Partial mergers and near-distinctions: stylistic layering in dialect acquisition. C89 County South, 4.30pm.
Week 4: Thursday 30 October
- LVC reading group: D’Arcy et al. 2013. B89 County South, 4.30pm.
Week 5: Tuesday 4 November (please note different day/venue)
- Natalie Schilling (Georgetown): The Language and Communication in Washington, DC project: preliminary findings on ethnicity, gender and dialect change in African American English. Location TBC, 6pm. [co-organised with LAEL Society].
Week 6a: Tuesday 11 November [Linguistics Circle]
- George Walkden (Manchester) The ‘whether’ forecast: English embedded questions then and now. SR23, Bowland North, 6pm [organised by Linguistics Circle].
Week 6b: Thursday 13 November
- Claire Nance (Lancaster), Wilson McLeod (Edinburgh), Bernadette O’Rourke (Herriot-Watt) & Stuart Dunmore (Edinburgh): Variation in rhotics among new speakers of Scottish Gaelic in Glasgow and Edinburgh. B89 County South, 4.30pm.
Week 7: Thursday 20 November
- LVC reading group: Gries 2013. B89 County South, 4.30pm.
Week 8: Thursday 27 November
- Sam Kirkham (Lancaster) & Jessica Wormald (York): An ultrasound tongue imaging study of liquids in Bradford Panjabi-English. B89 County South, 4.30pm.
Week 9: Thursday 4 December
- Avel·lí Flors (Universitat de Barcelona) Language choices and practices in the school transition in Catalonia and Valencia. B89 County South, 4.30pm.
Week 10: Thursday 11 December
- An Van linden (University of Leuven): The development of modal-evaluative meanings in English verbo-nominal expressions and the role of negative polarity. B89 County South, 4.30pm.
Week 11: Thursday 15 January
- Introductory meeting, B89 County South, 4.30pm.
Week 12: Thursday 22 January
- Reading group: Montgomery, Chris (2012) The effect of proximity in perceptual dialectology. Journal of Sociolinguistics 16(5): 638-668. B89 County South, 4.30pm.
Week 13: Tuesday 27 January
- Chris Montgomery (Sheffield): Perceptual dialectology in England, Scotland and Wales. SR23, Bowland North, 6pm [organised by Linguistics Circle].
Week 14: Thursday 5 February
- [No meeting]
Week 15: Thursday 12 Februrary
- [No meeting]
Week 16: Thursday 19 Februrary
- Reading group: Levon, Erez (2014) Categories, stereotypes, and the linguistic perception of sexuality. Language in Society 43(5): 539-566. B89 County South, 4.30pm.
Week 17: Thursday 26 Feburary
- Roy Alderton (Lancaster): ‘Really like how Scouse sounds on girls… but it doesn’t sound good on guys’: A folk-linguistic study of the effects of gender on attitudes to accents. B89 County South, 4.30pm.
Week 18: Thursday 5 March
- Daniël Van Olmen (Lancaster): The ‘human’ impersonal pronoun in Afrikaans vs European West Germanic. B89 County South, 4.30pm.
Week 19: Tuesday 10th March [note different day/time]
- Rob Drummond (Manchester Metropolitan): Linguistic research in a challenging environment: Youth language and identity in urban Britain. SR23, Bowland North, 6pm [organised by Linguistics Circle].
Week 19: Wednesday 11th March [note different day/time]
- Paul Kerswill (York): Multicultural London English: blueprint for the future? Furness Lecture Theatre 1, 5pm [organised by LAEL Society].
Week 20: Thursday 19 March
- End-of-term social event.
(Note that we only run occasional events in term 3)
Week 23: Wednesday 6th May
- Danielle Turton (Newcastle) The interaction of /u/-fronting and /l/-darkening in Manchester. County Main Seminar Room 3, 3pm.