Linguistics and English Language

Past events

A list of past events in Linguistics and English Language

 

February 2024

01 Feb
02 Feb
  • Social
    • PPLS PGR Quiz Night (MScR & PhD)
05 Feb
06 Feb
  • Meaning and grammar seminar
    • Anticipating upcoming content: Are children sensitive to speaker's production preferences? (Vilde Reksnes)
08 Feb
  • Linguistic Circle
    • Starting Big: the importance of whole-to-part learning in language acquisition and emergence (Inbal Arnon)
15 Feb
  • Linguistic Circle
    • Processing prosody in speech perception: Tests in the spectral and temporal domain (Jeremy Steffman)
19 Feb
20 Feb
26 Feb
27 Feb
  • Language evolution seminar
    • Bridging between micro and macro-level cultural dynamics through human singing experiments (Manuel Anglada-Tort)
29 Feb
 

January 2024

16 Jan
22 Jan
23 Jan
29 Jan
30 Jan
 

December 2023

04-05
  • Symposium
    • The Sixth Edinburgh Symposium on Historical Phonology
04 Dec
05 Dec
06 Dec
11 Dec
12 Dec
14 Dec
  • Linguistic Circle
    • Two case studies on intonational meaning: Pitch accents and the rise-fall-rise in (American) English (Alex Göbel)
 

November 2023

01 Nov
02 Nov
06 Nov
07 Nov
08 Nov
09 Nov
  • Linguistic Circle
    • Investigating crosslinguistic variation in (tense) semantics (Anne Mucha)
13 Nov
14 Nov
20 Nov
21 Nov
  • Language evolution seminar
    • What determines morphological structure? The role of meaning and distributional restrictions (Jennifer Culbertson)
  • Meaning and grammar seminar
    • A cognitive approach to reference and negation – and how it finds support in Gaelic (Alexander Turtureanu)
22 Nov
23 Nov
27 Nov
28 Nov
30 Nov
  • Linguistic Circle
    • Syntactic change in the history of Scots – Contact effects or independent developments? Or: Can we blame it all on the English? (Lisa Gotthard)
 

October 2023

02 Oct
03 Oct
09 Oct
10 Oct
  • Language evolution seminar
    • Formalizing and Measuring Compositionality Using Partial Information Decomposition (Michaela Socolof)
16 Oct
18 Oct
23 Oct
24 Oct
  • Language evolution seminar
    • Does redundancy make language more robust to individual differences in learning? Individual differences in learning are mitigated by redundancy (Aislinn Keogh)
  • Meaning and grammar seminar
    • Signalling with one hand: Expectation maintenance during discourse processing (Merel Scholman)
25 Oct
26 Oct
  • Linguistic Circle
    • Gender markedness and coordination resolution: Feature representation in Greek and other three-gendered languages (Luke Adamson)
30 Oct
31 Oct
  • Language evolution seminar
    • The learnability consequence and sources of Zipfian distributions: how cultural evolution can give rise to distributional properties of language (Inbal Arnon)
  • Meaning and grammar seminar
    • Cross-Lingustic Influence in the acquisition of unaccusative Italian verbs by native Russian speakers (Daler Tashkhuzhaev)
 

September 2023

19 Sep
  • Language evolution seminar
    • On the Edge of Productivity: Investigating the Acquisition, Processing, & Emergence of Semi-Productive Verb-Argument Structures (Sydelle de Souza)
 

June 2023

08 Jun PPLS Poster Forum 2023
26 - 28
  • Conference (external website)
    • United Kingdom Language Variation & Change 14
28 Jun
  • Seminar
    • Language re-learning in post-stroke aphasia: evidence from structural priming
29 - 30
  • Conference
    • Language and New Media SIG Conference: New Dialogues and Frontiers
 

May 2023

02 May
03 May
  • Inaugural Lecture
    • Professor Jennifer Culbertson (Language is shaped by Human Cognition)
09 May
  • Language evolution seminar
    • How age and gender shape linguistic accommodation - an experimental design (Lewis (Ching-Yat) Cheung)
12 May
15 May
16 May
22 May
23 May
24 May
25 May PPLS Research Day
29 May
31 May
  • Conference (external website)
    • Challenges of Teaching Linguistics: Focus Group (English Teachers)
 

April 2023

03 Apr
07 Apr
18 Apr
25 Apr
28 Apr
 

March 2023

06 Mar
07 Mar
  • Language evolution seminar
    • A theory of morphological productivity is essential in characterizing noun classes: Corpus and experimental evidence from Bantu (Patrick Kanampiu)
10 Mar
13 Mar
14 Mar
23 Mar
24 Mar PPLS Three Minute Thesis Competition (external website)
27 Mar
28 Mar
30 Mar
  • Linguistic Circle
    • POSTPONED
 

February 2023

06 Feb
07 Feb
13 Feb
16 Feb
17 Feb
20 Feb
27 Feb
28 Feb
  • Language evolution seminar
    • The Relationship Between Frequency and Irregularity in the Evolution of Linguistic Structure: An Experimental Study (Kenny Smith (with Clem Ashton and Helen Sims-Williams))
 

January 2023

19 Jan
  • Linguistic Circle
    • Is Child-Directed Speech Tailored to Aid Language Development? (Vera Kempe)
17 Jan
  • Language evolution seminar
    • A thousand families, each alike in terminology: understanding the origins of crosslinguistic variation in kinship terminology (Maisy Hallam)
24 Jan
  • Language evolution seminar
    • The production, processing, planning and acquisition of syntactic variation – in search of the forces behind word order regularization (Björn Lundquist)
  • Meaning and grammar seminar
    • The syntax and semantics of biased questions: insights from child acquisition of English (Rebecca Woods)
30 Jan
31 Jan
  • Language evolution seminar
    • Not all cross-linguistic generalizations are driven by universal cognitive biases... but some are (Jennifer Culbertson)
 

December 2022

02 Dec
05 Dec
06 Dec
08 Dec
  • Research seminar (external website)
    • Linguistic appropriation and the construction of gay identity (Christian Ilbury)
12 Dec
13 Dec
 

November 2022

01 Nov
  • Meaning and grammar seminar
    • Given-before-new, and then what? Information structure and sentence structure influence processing and expectations (Hans Wilke)
02 Nov
  • Linguistic Circle
    • The SignMorph Project: Issues and challenges in studying lexical variation, morphological ‘complexity’, and sociolinguistic typology (Adam Schembri - online)
07 Nov
08 Nov
10 Nov
14 Nov
15 Nov
16 Nov
21 Nov
23 Nov
  • How do we work on Buddism at PPLS? (external website)
    • Join the Edinburgh Buddhist Studies Group for a discussion of how Buddhism has and might be researched and taught within the School of PPLS
29 Nov
 

October 2022

03 Oct
04 Oct
07 Oct
10 Oct
11 Oct
13 Oct
  • Linguistic Circle
    • Could Language Development Look Different in Different Cultures? (Erika Hoff)
17 Oct
18 Oct
24 Oct
31 Oct
 

September 2022

15 Sep
  • Linguistic Circle
    • From connotation to intensification: the semantics/pragmatics of deadjectival intensifiers (Rick Nouwen - hybrid format (in-person & online via MS Teams))
26 Sep
27 Sep
29 Sep
  • Linguistic Circle
    • Beyond hegemonic binaries: English and the Indian ‘vernaculars’ in post-liberalization India (Javed Majeed (in-person & online via MS Teams))
 

August 2022

12 Aug
  • Cognitive linguistics seminar
    • Constructionalization and panchronic mapping of the [MóX] informality and intensification construction (Roberto de Freitas - online)
26 Aug
  • Language in context seminar
    • First editions of two talks by Jasper Zhao Zhen Wu and Lauren Hall-Lew to be given at the BAAL conference in Bristol the following week.
 

July 2022

22 Jul
 

June 2022

06-08
07 Jun
10 Jun
  • Language in context seminar
    • “…more copious and elegant than expected from an uncivilized people”: Admiration and othering in colonial descriptions of Mapudungun (Benjamin Molineaux - online)
13 Jun
17 Jun
24 Jun
  • Language in context seminar
    • Countering government’s low-intensity language policies on the ground: Family language policies in Castilian-Spanish dominated Galicia (Anik Nandi - online)
28 Jun
 

May 2022

03 May
06 May
10 May
13 May
16 May
17 May
  • Meaning and grammar seminar
    • Presupposition variation by embedding environment and its consequences for criminal justice contexts (Elizabeth Allyn Smith)
20 May
24 May
  • Meaning and grammar seminar
    • A crosslinguistic analysis of Cognate Object Constructions: Why are they different? (Celia Garcia Fullana)
30 May
  • Bilingualism research group
    • Exploring the influence of gender on classroom interaction and language speaking anxiety: a case study in the Basque Autonomous Community (Uxue Diez-Guiral - online)
 

April 2022

01 Apr
04 Apr
  • Bilingualism research group
    • The relationship between second language acquisition and first language change: Discussing data from English learners of Italian (Mattia Zingaretti - online)
07 Apr
  • Linguistic Circle
    • Mapping the spread of Multicultural London English in Twitter data (Christian Ilbury - hybrid format (in-person or online via MS Teams))
08 Apr
22 Apr
29 Apr
  • Cognitive linguistics seminar
    • Perturbing the community grammar: Individual differences and community-level constraints on sociolinguistic variation
  • Language in context seminar
    • Fictional sociologists: speaking the visual language of fear to analyze society (or: How learning English encouraged me to become a horror movie geek) (Jeanne Ferrier - online)
 

March 2022

04 Mar
07 Mar
08 Mar
10 Mar
11 Mar
  • Cognitive linguistics seminar
    • Tracking constructional change: the development of now then as a discourse marker (Graeme Trousdale & Lorenzo Moretti - online)
  • Language in context seminar
    • The Empire Writes Back: Epistolary English-Gaelic Code-Switching in the Eighteenth-Century (Paedar Ó Muircheartaigh - online)
15 Mar
17 Mar
  • Linguistic Circle
    • Let’s talk about patterns! The use and meaning of generic sentences (Katrin Schulz - online)
18 Mar
24 Mar
28 Mar
  • Bilingualism research group
    • Exploring the effects of amount and length of L2 exposure on the cognitive and social development of children from monolingual homes attending Bilingual Education (Gloria Chamorro - online)
29 Mar
31 Mar
  • Language variation and change
    • Disability and Sociophonetic Variation among Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Speakers of Taiwan Mandarin (Tsung-Lun Alan Wan - online & in-person)
  • Linguistic Circle
    • Suppositional devices and their domain-restricting effects (Dan Lassiter - online)
 

February 2022

04 Feb
07 Feb
08 Feb

10 Feb

  • Sociolinguistics reading group
    • Narrating the intersection: body, time, space and transition in one queer life (online discussion)
  • Linguistic Circle
    • The search for universal great ape gestures in chimpanzees, bonobos, and humans (Pritty Patel-Grosz - online)
11 Feb
24 Feb
  • Linguistic Circle
    • On the variable status of partial control (Michelle Sheehan - online)
25 Feb
 

January 2022

27 Jan
  • Linguistic Circle
    • Investigating grammatical variation in Swahili: contact, change and identity (Hannah Gibson & Teresa Poeta - online)
28 Jan
 

December 2021

02 Dec
03 Dec
06 Dec
09 Dec
  • Linguistic Circle
    • Multimodality as a design feature of human language capacity (Asli Ozyurek - online)
10 Dec
14 Dec
  • Language evolution seminar
    • Naturalness and systematicity in the emergence of linguistic structure (Yasamin Motamedi-Mousavi - online)
16 Dec
17 Dec
  • Language in context seminar
    • ‘he neither eat nor sleeped but watched my sleepless hours’ - Verbal inflection patterns in the private writings of Mary AnnWodrow Archbald (Nora Dörnbrack - online)
 

November 2021

01 Nov
  • Bilingualism research group
    • The status of the ‘language’ concept and how languages are differentiated in the mind (Mike Sharwood Smith - online)
02 Nov
  • Meaning and grammar seminar
    • Internalist Investigations of Representation and Reference: Copredication as a Case Study (Elliot Murphy - online)
04 Nov
05 Nov
08 Nov
  • Bilingualism research group
    • From individual to generational attrition: Language change through communicative interaction (Yajun Liu - online)
11 Nov
  • Linguistic Circle
    • Semantics, pragmatics, and social statistics: How to build a flexible and stable communication system in the first decade and beyond (Yi Ting Huang - online)
12 Nov
16 Nov
17 Nov
18 Nov
  • Sociolinguistics reading group
    • Racializing language, regimenting Latinas/os: Chronotope, social tense, and American raciolinguistic futures (online discussion)
19 Nov
22 Nov
  • Bilingualism research group
    • A comparative study on definitions of mental verbs in English and Chinese learner’s dictionaries: a local grammar approach (Qiao Zhou - online)
25 Nov
  • Linguistic Circle
    • Less is more in ǂHoan possessed nouns (Matthew Baerman - online)
26 Nov
30 Nov
 

October 2021

07 Oct
  • Sociolinguistics reading group
    • The sociolinguistic functions of codeswitching between Standard Arabic and Dialectal Arabic (online discussion)
  • Linguistic Circle
    • Multimodality and Linguistics. Or, A sequel to what does the selfie got to do with linguistics? (Sumin Zhao - online)
08 Oct
11 Oct
14 Oct
  • Linguistic Circle
    • Word-medial strengthening in Mixtecan languages (Christian DiCanio - online)
15 Oct
  • Cognitive linguistics seminar
    • Salience, attention, and perception. In Entrenchment and the psychology of language learning: How we reorganize and adapt linguistic knowledge (online discussion)
  • Language in context seminar
    • "Hey Siri, why don't you understand me?" Speech and Language Technologies, Language Variation & Algorithmic Bias (Nina Markl - online)
19 Oct
21 Oct
  • Sociolinguistics reading group
    • Emoticons as a medium for channeling politeness within American and Japanese online blogging communities (online discussion)
22 Oct
25-26 Bilingualism Matters Research Symposium 2021 (external website)
26 Oct
  • Language evolution seminar
    • Cultural evolutionary pragmatics: Investigating the co-evolution of language and social cognition (Paula Rubio-Fernandez - online)
28 Oct
  • Linguistic Circle
    • Connecting representations and learning using Minimum Description Length (Roni Katzir - online)
29 Oct
 

September 2021

28 Sep
 

August 2021

04-06
06 Aug
09 Aug
13 Aug
23 Aug
 

July 2021

05 Jul
09 Jul
16 Jul
23 Jul
30 Jul
  • Cognitive linguistics seminar
    • Why we avoid the ‘Multiple Inheritance’ issue in Usage-based Cognitive Construction Grammar (online discussion)
 

June 2021

01 Jun
  • Language evolution seminar
    • Why is scaling up models of language evolution so hard? (Marieke Woensdregt & Mark Blokpoel - online)
04 Jun
08 Jun
  • Language evolution seminar
    • Showing and seeing: enactment in British Sign Language conversations (Gabrielle Hodge & Sannah Gulamani - online)
  • Meaning and grammar seminar
    • LrFG: Implementing realizational morphosyntax in a constraint-based framework (Paul Melchin, Ash Asudeh, Michael Everdell & Daniel Siddiqi - online)
10-12
14 Jun
15 Jun
18 Jun
22 Jun
  • Meaning and grammar seminar
    • Where does that come from? A Model for the Development of Declarative Complementizers in Indo-European (Danny Bate - online)
25 Jun
28 Jun
29 Jun
 

May 2021

03 May
04 May
  • Language evolution seminar
    • Differential argument marking and efficiency: New typological and experimental evidence (Natalia Levshina - online)
07 May
  • Cognitive linguistics seminar
    • Discussing: Schemas and the frequency/acceptability mismatch: Corpus distribution predicts sentence judgments (online)
  • Language in context seminar
    • The impact of the BSL (Scotland) Act 2015 on deaf children and young people’s education (Rob Wilks & Rachel O’Neill - online)
11 May
14 May
17 May
18 May
21 May
25 May
31 May
 

April 2021

01 Apr
02 Apr
  • Cognitive linguistics seminar
    • Can Conceptual Blending Theory help to explain meaning representation in bilinguals? (Monika Terlecka - online)
  • Language in context seminar
    • Language choice and code-switching in English and Arabic in the informal written practices of students (Ali Almuhayya - online)
07 Apr
16 Apr
  • Cognitive linguistics seminar
    • Discussing: Unidirectionality as a cycle of convention and innovation. Micro-changes in the grammaticalization of [be going to INF] - online
19 Apr
20 Apr
23 Apr
  • Cognitive linguistics seminar
    • Some metaphors are more equal than others: Extending the debate on metaphor to verbs (Claudia Raihert - online)
  • Language in context seminar
    • Mål means språk: Nynorsk activism and discourses of solidarity/allyship with Norway's Indigenous communities (James Puchowski - online)
27 Apr
 

March 2021

02 Mar
04 Mar
  • Linguistic Circle
    • Autosegmental Metrical Phonology - Unpacking the Boxes (Martine Grice - online)
05 Mar
08 Mar
09 Mar
16 Mar
18 Mar
  • Linguistic Circle
    • Invocations, Slurs, and Social Meaning (Elin McCready and Christopher Davis - online)
19 Mar
22 Mar
23 Mar
  • Language evolution seminar
    • The social modulation of learning and communicative pressures in the cultural evolution of language (Gareth Roberts - online)
24 Mar
25 Mar
  • Linguistic Circle
    • Languages and Cultural Justice: Tentative steps towards a third age of common heritage of humankind (Alison Phipps - online)
26 Mar
29 Mar
  • Bilingualism research group
    • Comparing voices across languages: An acoustic and forensic exploration of sibilant /s/ in English and French (Justin Lo - online)
30 Mar
 

February 2021

01 Feb
02 Feb
05 Feb
  • Cognitive linguistics seminar
    • Emergentism II (contemporary approaches)
  • Language in context seminar
    • Speaking Citizens: Historical and sociolinguistic perspectives on oracy, multiculturalism and bilingual development in UK schools (Stuart Dunmore, Tom F. Wright & Arlene Holmes-Henderson - online)
08 Feb
09 Feb
11 Feb
  • Linguistic Circle
    • The Past, Present, and Future of Black ASL (Joseph Hill - online)
12 Feb
19 Feb
  • Language in context seminar
    • Language Ideology and Inequality in Education Policy: Language Ideology and beliefs amongst North Koreans Living in South Korea (Ye-jin Shin - online)
22 Feb
  • Sociolinguistics reading group
    • Interpretations of "Chinglish": Native speakers, language learners and the enregisterment of a stigmatized code
  • Bilingualism research group
    • Heritage-bilingual Linguistic Proficiency in their Native Grammar: Predictive processing of classifiers in Mandarin Chinese heritage speakers using eye-tracking via internet (Maki Kubota - online)
23 Feb
  • Language evolution seminar
    • Regularisation, naturalness, and harmony in emerging word order conventions (Yasamin Motamedi & Simon Kirby - online)
25 Feb
  • Linguistic Circle
    • Multiethnolects as contact languages: the case for the Jamaican influence in London (Paul Kerswill - online)
 

January 2021

11 Jan
15 Jan
19 Jan
22 Jan
25 Jan
26 Jan
  • Language evolution seminar
    • Cultural evolution creates duality of patterning: the role of population structure in the simplicity/expressivity trade-off (Simon Kirby - online)
29 Jan
 

December 2020

01 Dec
04 Dec
  • Cognitive linguistics seminar
    • Reanalysis, Reintegration, Reinforcement? Re-examining the origins of the German PPPC
  • Language in context seminar
    • “Feeling disabled”: Vowel qualities, auditory deprivation and deaf and hard-of-hearing speakers of Taiwan Mandarin (Tsung-Lun Alan Wan - online)
10 Dec
  • Linguistic Circle
    • Southern Multilingualisms: towards a decolonization of African sociolinguistics (Sinfree Makoni - online)
11 Dec
14 Dec
  • Bilingualism research group
    • Sentence Processing and Individual Differences in Non-Native Comprehension: Evidence From Garden-Paths (Ian Cunnings online)
15 Dec
 

November 2020

02 Nov
03 Nov
06 Nov
  • Cognitive linguistics seminar
    • Change from dynamic modality to conditionality and the meanings of the conditional protasis
  • Language in context seminar
    • Sociolinguistics in 2020: The Lothian Diary Project (Lauren Hall-Lew, Claire Cowie, Catherine Lai, Nina Markl & Stephen McNulty - online)
10 Nov
12 Nov
  • Linguistic Circle
    • The impact of attentional centering on ergative marking in Tima (Gertrud Schneider-Blum - online)
13 Nov
16 Nov
  • Bilingualism research group
    • Bilingualism as a neuroprotective factor in ageing: Insights from healthy and clinical populations (Toms Voits online)
17 Nov
20 Nov
23 Nov
24 Nov
26 Nov
27 Nov
30 Nov
 

October 2020

01 Oct
  • Linguistic Circle
    • The variable-based account of indexical shift redux (Amir Anvari)
02 Oct
05 Oct
06 Oct
09 Oct
13 Oct
15 Oct
  • Linguistic Circle
    • Language as an instrument of thought and communication. Evidence from interactional language. (Martina Wiltschko)
16 Oct
19 Oct
20 Oct
23 Oct
  • Cognitive linguistics seminar
    • Working memory and its implications for language evolution
  • Language in context seminar
    • A Stornoway cove and a Broch quine – thoughts on regional voices, identity and attitudes to language in Ian Stephen’s novel A Book of Death and Fish (Karin Bosshard - online)
27 Oct
29 Oct
  • Language evolution seminar
    • Competition, selection and communicative need in language change: an investigation using corpora, computational modelling and experimentation
  • Linguistic Circle
    • Calle Börstell, "Isn't it iconic? (Don't you think?)"
30 Oct
 

September 2020

29 Sep
 

August 2020

06 Aug
 

July 2020

03 Jul
09 Jul
17 Jul
23 Jul
  • Cognitive linguistics seminar
    • Analogy as relational priming: A developmental and computational perspective on the origins of a complex cognitive skill
 

June 2020

02 Jun
  • Language evolution seminar
    • Linguistic Prescription, Ideological Structure and the Actuation of Linguistic Changes: Grammatical Gender in French Parliamentary Debates
09 Jun
11 Jun
16 Jun
  • Language evolution seminar
    • Assessing integrative complexity as a predictor of morphological learning in the presence of phonological cues
23 Jun
30 Jun
 

May 2020

04 May
  • Bilingualism research group
    • Exploring the impact of a Swiss bilingual program (French/German) on L2 and mathematics learning through a mixed method design (Emile Jenny - online)
14 May
19 May
26 May
28 May
 

April 2020

03 Apr
16-17 Apr
20 Apr
  • Bilingualism research group
    • The Impact of Bilingualism on the Executive Functions of Autistic Children: A Study of English-Arabic Children (Shereen Sharaan - online)
21 Apr
  • Centre for Language Evolution
    • Acquisition of grammatical and sociolinguistic variation: Evidence from artificial language learning (Betsy Sneller - online)
24 Apr
  • Language in context seminar
    • No Gods and Precious Few Heroes: Towards a materialist account of context and social change (Tom Bartlett - online)
30 Apr
 

March 2020

04 Mar
05 Mar
12 Mar
17 Mar
18 Mar
20 Mar
26 Mar
27 Mar
31 Mar
 

February 2020

04 Feb
05 Feb
07 Feb
10 Feb
12 Feb
13 Feb
14 Feb
18 Feb
19 Feb
20 Feb
27 Feb
28 Feb
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January 2020

16 Jan
  • Linguistic Circle
    • Lexically restricted phonological alternation: the case for via-rules (Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero)
21 Jan
22 Jan
23 Jan
  • Language in context seminar
    • Migration to Scotland: translanguaging practices, semiotic repertoires and identities at a Turkish barber’s (Betül Seda)
24 Jan
27 Jan
28 Jan
30 Jan
  • Linguistic Circle
    • Real crosslinguistic research: Focussing on the similarities, not the differences (Ben Ambridge)
31 Jan

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