Talk series and reading groups
Regular meetings to discuss research, books and papers
PPLS interdisciplinary seminar series
Developmental linguistics seminars
English language research group meetings
Language variation and change seminars
Meaning and grammar research group meetings
Bilingualism research group
Historical phonology reading group
Sociolinguistics reading group
The Angus McIntosh Centre for Historical Linguistics runs a series of Catchup Sessions, which are informal gatherings for historical linguistics researchers at Edinburgh.
The sessions are meant as an opportunity to find out what other AMC-linked staff and students are working on, to try out new ideas, discuss data, and more generally, to provide a sense of community.
Sessions are usually led by a member of staff or student who tells us a bit about their current research interests and walks us through and idea, data-set or methodology. The group is invited to comment, propose solutions, find links with their own work, and provide an overall ‘sanity-check’ for the contributor’s project.
To emphasise the social side of the catchup sessions, we provide something sweet to share at every session. Attendees are encouraged to bring a hot or cold drink.
The organisers are currently:
To find out about our past and upcoming sessions, visit the AMC’s website:
If you would like to be added to our mailing list or would like to be a contributor to our sessions, email us at: email@example.com.
Celtic languages from a variety of perspectives. (Reading group on hiatus).
The Celtic Linguistics Reading Group provides a forum for anybody in the University and the wider community who is interested in the Celtic languages from a variety of perspectives. We welcome discussion of papers (or presentation of own work) in any area of theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics and language policy, language technology, and any other relevant area.
To be updated about future events and readings, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the text 'subscribe celtling YOUR NAME' or contact Pavel losad.
The group is convened by Dr Pavel Losad and Dr William Lamb. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with either of the convenors if you would like to join the group.
Tha Buidheann Leughaidh Cànanachais Cheiltich a' tabhann fòram ioma-thaobhach do gach neach anns an Oilthigh agus anns a' choimhearsnachd mun cuairt aig a bheil ùidh anns na cànanan Ceilteach. Cuiridh sinn fàilte air leughaidhean de gach seòrsa (obair nam ball fhèin nam measg) a tha co-ceangailte ri cànanachas teòiridheil, cànanachas gnìomhach, sòisio-chànanachas, poileasaidh cànain, teicneòlas cànain, no raon freagarrach eile.
Tha a' bhuidheann ga stiùireadh leis an Oll. Pavel Losad agus Oll. Pavel losad agus an Oll. Uilleam Lamb. Leig fhaicinn do Phavel no do dh'Uilleam ma tha ùidh agad sa bhuidhinn.
Tha liosta post-dealain againn; airson fios fhaighinn air tachartasan agus leughaidhean san àm ri teachd, cuir brath thugainn aig email@example.com leis an teacsa 'subscribe celtling D'AINM', air neo dìreach gu Pavel losad fhèin.
Presentations and discussions on the evolution of language, culture and communication.
Presentations and discussion of research into language evolution with prominent researchers from Edinburgh and elsewhere. Recent topics include emotional arousal, utterance selection, social-cultural determination of complexity, and learning biases.
Time and place
Typically, Tuesdays 11:30am - 12:30pm in room 1.17, Dugald Stewart Building.
Please note that date and venue may vary - check the Centre for Language Evolution webpage for details of individual talks.
Seminars are organised by the Centre for Language Evolution
Presentations and discussions on cognition in language and beyond.
The CLRG research seminars are open to everyone with an interest in the cognitive mechanisms underlying language use and its relation with other aspects of human cognition. Our topics include language representation and processing, conceptual organisation, usage-based grammar, metaphor and figurative speech, linguistic creativity, and many more. The meetings feature talks from invited speakers, presentations of work in progress, and discussions of recent publications and open research problems in the field. Interdisciplinary contributions are particularly welcome.
Time and place
Usually weekly on Tuesdays from 3-4pm in Appleton Tower M1. Please check the LEL events page for details on times and locations.
If you’d like more information about the events this semester, or if you’d like to present at one of our meetings, please email one of our committee members (see below). To subscribe to our mailing list, please use the following link:
Discussing recent and/or important work in developmental phonology
The developmental phonology (devphon) reading group meets every other week to discuss recent and/or important work related to the learning of sounds and sound patterns across the lifespan. The group is convened by Jo Basnak. Feel free to get in touch if you would like to come (and/or to be added to our mailing list).
Here is a list of our past meetings:
- 12th September 2023: Ter Haar, S. M., Fernandez, A. A., Gratier, M., Knörnschild, M., Levelt, C., Moore, R. K., Vellema, M., Wang, X., & Oller, D. K. (2021). Cross-species parallels in babbling: animals and algorithms. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 376(1836), 20200239. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2020.0239
- 29th August 2023: Richtsmeier, P., & Good, A. K. (2018). Frequencies in Perception and Production Differentially Affect Child Speech. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 61(12), 2854–2868. https://doi.org/10.1044/2018_JSLHR-S-17-0391.
- 15th August 2023: Denby, T., Schecter, J., Arn, S., Dimov, S., & Goldrick, M. (2018). Contextual variability and exemplar strength in phonotactic learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 44(2), 280.
- 1st August 2023: Gradoville, M. (2023). The Future of Exemplar Theory. In Díaz Campos, M. & Balasch, S. (Eds.), The Handbook of Usage-Based Linguistics (pp. 527-544). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.
- 11th July 2023: Kriengwatana, B., Terry, J., Chládková, K., & Escudero, P. (2016). Speaker and accent variation are handled differently: Evidence in native and non-native listeners. PloS one, 11(6), e0156870.
- 20th June 2023: Bergmann, C. & Cristia, A. (2018). Environmental influences on infants’ native vowel discrimination: The case of talker number in daily life. Infancy, 23(4), 484–501.
- 31st May 2023: Feldman, N. H., Goldwater, S., Dupoux, E., & Schatz, T. (2021). Do infants really learn phonetic categories?. Open Mind: Discoveries in Cognitive Science, 5, 113–131.
- 16th May 2023: Sundara, M., Zhou, Z.L., Breiss, C., Katsuda, H. & Steffman, J. (2022). Infants' developing sensitivity to native language phonotactics: A meta-analysis. Cognition, 221, 104993.
- 2nd May 2023: Cooper, A., Paquette-Smith, M., Bordignon, C., & Johnson, E. K. (2023), The influence of accent distance on perceptual adaptation in toddlers and adults. Language Learning and Development, 19, 1, 74-94
The Edinburgh Seminar on Morphological Theory (EdinMorph): an interdisciplinary reading and discussion group for morphology and its interfaces.
EdinMorph provides an informal setting to discuss work in morphology, broadly construed: morphophonology, argument structure, lexical semantics, lexical processing, acquisition and computational modelling. Members come from all career levels (undergraduates, MSc students, PhD students, postdocs and academic staff) across PPLS and Informatics.
Time and place
We meet 3-4 times a month - currently on Thursday mornings - for discussion followed by communal BYO lunch.
Meetings are co-ordinated in the dedicated MS Team.
Get in touch with Itamar Kastner to be added to the Team.
A series of seminars considering how language is (re)shaped by context.
The Language in Context (LinC) seminars are fortnightly meetings at which we discuss language in its many guises and in the multifarious contexts in which it is used. We are primarily concerned with the various ways in which language influences and is influenced by the structural, discursive, socio-political, institutional or interpersonal environments in which they exist. We welcome research from the field of Applied Linguistics but also any other relevant fields including Modern Languages and Cultures, Historical Language Studies, Education, Sociology (of Language), Linguistic Anthropology, Psychology, Philosophy and others. Potential seminar topics could include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Language Attitudes and Ideologies
- Language Endangerment, Shift and Death
- Minority Languages and Cultures
- Language Policy and Politics
- Language Revitalisation
- Language and Identity
- Discourse Analysis
- Corpus Linguistics
- Language Education
- Translation Studies
- Historical Sociolinguistics
Researchers currently working on a related project will be invited to speak at each meeting. Speculative requests for particular speakers are also welcome!
Our seminars will take place approximately every fortnight from 15:10 until 16:30, and our usual venue will be room G32, 7 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9JZ (unless otherwise stated – please be sure to subscribe to the mailing list to be notified of our schedule). In addition, following each seminar there will be an opportunity for further discussion and networking with colleagues and invited speakers, usually over a cup of tea and a muffin!
Furthermore, this year, we would like to make it easier for our members to suggest potential speakers for our seminars – whether from the University of Edinburgh or (subject to feasibility) from another UK Higher Education Institution. Speakers can be either established academics, or early career (MSc, PhD and Postdoctoral) researchers. If there is a particular person that you think we should invite to talk at Language in Context, please send us a suggestion using our dedicated form which you can find here:
Speaker Request Form (opens external webpage)
If you would like any further information about the Language in Context Seminar Series, or have any recommendations or feedback you’d like to give us, you are warmly invited to contact József Wells at:
To sign up to the mailing list, and be kept up to date with future events, please follow the link below, log in and click “Subscribe”:
If you have a Facebook account, come along, join the group, and introduce yourself! And also, introduce the group to any colleagues who might also be interested – the more the merrier!
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To find out more about the Language in Context research group within the University of Edinburgh, you can visit the page below:
We hope to see you very soon!
Co-ordinators of LinC
Open to anyone at the university who is interested in studying language uses, social interactions and multimodal communication in the digital and social media contexts.
We explore a range of topics, including (but not limited to):
- Social media discourses and online identities;
- Discourse, pragmatic and (socio)linguistic approaches to computer-mediated-communication;
- Methods and methodologies for studying language and other modes of communication (such as voices, gestures, images, etc) online;
- Linguistic studies using the internet as their main sources of data;
- Theoretical developments in digital cultural and social media studies.
Time and place
We meet for an hour every fortnight to discuss advanced research articles. Undergraduates, postgraduates, and staff members are all welcome.
If you’d like more information about the events this semester please email one of our convenors (see below). To subscribe to our mailing list, please use the following link:
The convenor for this group currently is Sumin Zhao: