Bristol Centre for Linguistics Seminar Series

The Bristol Centre for Linguistics (BCL) runs a series of research seminars throughout the year. All seminars are free to attend.

Seminar Series 2019-20

The seminars will be held on Wednesdays, 13:00-14:00, UWE Bristol Frenchay Campus.

Why everything you thought you knew about language is wrong
Date: 25 March 2020
Speaker: Ben Ambridge (University of Liverpool)
Location: Room 2S501

Applying linguistics to sport: Putting language use in professional rugby teams under the microscope
Date: 4 March 2020
Speaker: Kieran File (University of Warwick)
Location: Room 2B006

The multilingual origins of Standard English
Date: 12 February 2020
Speaker: Laura Wright (University of Cambridge)
Location: Room 2S602

Paragogic consonants: A phonological puzzle in Norman French
Date: 29 January 2020
Speaker: Richard Coates (UWE Bristol)
Location: Room 2S503

Language learning practices with Learning by Developing and OIL in Higher Education in Finland
Date: 22 January 2020
Speaker: Kristina Henriksson (Laurea University, Finland)
Location: Room 2S611

Modality, iconicity and the evolution of language
Date: 16 October 2019
Speaker: Hannah Little (UWE Bristol)
Location: Room 2S611

Present day sound change in the dialects of Worcestershire and Herefordshire
Date: 30 October 2019
Speaker: Esther Asprey (Open University)
Location: Room 2S611

Ethnolinguistic identity construction and Gaelic language revitalisation in Nova Scotia, Canada
Date: 6 November 2019
Speaker: Stuart Dunmore (Edinburgh University)
Location: Room 2S611

Gender, language and parliamentary participation
Date: 20 November 2019
Speaker: Sylvia Shaw (Westminster Universit
Location: Room 3S511

Teenagers say the darnedest things: Social class and linguistic discrimination in Dublin secondary schools
Date: 4 December 2019
Speaker: Stephen Lucek
Location: Room 3S511

Previous seminars

Seminar Series 2018-19

Features of the English spoken on the Isle of Man
Date: 7 November 2018
Speaker: Andrew Booth

Code-switching: Cognitive perspectives
Date: 21 November 2018
Speaker: Jeanine Treffers-Daller (University of Reading)
Mock (im)politeness
Date: 5 December 2018 
Speaker: Charlotte Taylor (University of Sussex)

Connecting our worlds to our words: Influence of gender nonconformity on pronoun comprehension
Date: 12 December 2018
Speaker: Lauren Ackerman (Newcastle University)

Naming Shirehampton and the name Shirehampton
Date: 6 February 2019
Speaker: Richard Coates (UWE Bristol)

Ethics, morals and principles in language and gender research: Working with toxic communities in online spaces
Date: 20 February 2019
Speaker: Rob Lawson (Birmingham City University)

Language and neoliberalism in higher education
Date: 20 March 2019
Speaker: Helen Sauntson (York St John University)

Sentence production in Australian free word order languages
Date: 3 April 2019
Speaker: Evan Kidd (Max Planck Institute, Nijmegen)

Seminar Series 2017-18

Subverting otherness and challenging ignorance: The interactive construction of discursive identity in a transgender youth group
Date: 18 October 2017
Speaker: Lucy Jones (University of Nottingham)

Developing understanding of different perspectives in language and false-belief tasks: Evidence from German, English and Mandarin
Date: 1 November 2017
Speaker: Silke Brandt (University of Lancaster)

Extended uses of names: From paragons to analogies
Date: 22 November 2017
Speaker: Anu Koskela (De Montfort University)

'Forgiveness' as an unforgiving act: Exploring the interplay of image and text
Date: 6 December 2017
Speaker: Laura Kilby (Sheffield Hallam University)

Public discourses on multilingualism in the UK: Benefits of using a mixed method approach to study discourse
Date: 7 February 2018
Speaker: Sylvia Jaworska (University of Reading)
Location: Room 2S611

Technical language and semantic shift in Middle English
Date: 21 February 2018
Speaker: Harry Parkin (University of Westminster)
Location: Room 2S611

The Gersum Project: Classification and analysis of Norse-derived terms in Middle English
Date 7 March 2018
Speaker: Sara Pons-Sanz (University of Cardiff)

I want hold Postman Pat – An investigation into the source(s) of grammatical errors in children’s language
Date: 11 April 2018
Speaker: Minna Kirjavainen-Morgan (UWE Bristol)

Seminar series 2016-17

Morphosyntactic features in South American languages
Date: 12 October 2016
Speaker: Joshua Birchall

Social salience discriminates learnability of contextual cues in an artificial language
Date: 19 October 2016
Speaker: Peter Racz (University of Bristol)

Phonological awareness and word reading acquisition in Acehnese-Indonesian bilingual context
Date: 26 October 2016
Speaker: Septhia Irnanda (UWE Bristol)

Performing a Welsh accent on Twitter: How, but also, why?
Date: 2 November 2016
Speaker: Mercedes Durham (Cardiff University)

Impersonal morphology and verb classes
Date: 23 November 2016
Speaker: Laura Arman (University of Manchester)

The interference of orthography in the pronunciation and phonological awareness of Italian learners of English
Date: 8 February 2017
Speaker: Paulo Mariano (University of Warwick)

Phonetic transfer during language contact: The mid-vowels of Occitan-French bilinguals
Date: 22 February 2017
Speaker: Damien Mooney (University of Bristol)

Seminar Series 2015-16

“Sounds Bristolian”: Generational shifts and geographical diffusion
Date: 21 October 2015
Speaker: Kate Beeching/Emily Robinson/James Murphy/Richard Coates (UWE Bristol)

Refusals to apologise and using apologies to refuse
Date: 28 October 2015
Speaker: James Murphy (UWE Bristol)

Contact in Papapana
Date: 11 November 2015
Speaker: Ellen Smith (University College London)

William Gladstone as Linguist
Date: 18 November 2015
Speaker: Geoffrey Sampson (University of Sussex)

Seminar Series 2014-15

Geography, Literature, Onomastics: The rural and suburban history of Sunnyside
Date: 15 October 2014
Speaker: Laura Wright (University of Cambridge)

West Midlands English dialect revealed by tax returns
Date: 22 October 2014
Speaker: Harry Parkin (UWE Bristol)

Variation in lower-class writing: 19th century patient letters from southern Germany
Date: 5 November 2014
Speaker: Markus Schiegg (University of Bristol)

Some more aspects of the Pragmatic Theory of Properhood
Date: 12 November 2014
Speaker: Richard Coates (UWE Bristol)

Analysing the accounts of people affected by dementia
Date: 28 January 2015
Speaker: Rik Cheston (UWE Bristol)

Political apologies in non-monologic settings
Date: 4 February 2015
Speaker: James Murphy (UWE Bristol)

Speech therapy and child language development
Date: 11 February 2015
Speaker: Sue Roulstone (UWE Bristol)

Patterns of thanking in UK service calls
Date: 25 February 2015
Speaker: Maj-Britt Mosegaard-Hansen (University of Manchester)

Formulaic language, language processing and interpersonal communication
Date: 4 March 2015
Speaker: Alison Wray (University of Cardiff)

Grammar checking in English and Spanish
Date: 11 March 2015
Speaker: Rubén Chacón-Beltrán (University of Madrid)

The Spoken British National Corpus 2014 Project
Date: 25 March 2015
Speaker: Tony McEnery (Lancaster University)

Seminar Series 2013-14

European language policy: A legal perspective
Date: 16 October 2013
Speaker: Vit Dovalil (Prague and Freiburg)

Metaphor in psychotherapy: Implications for utterance interpretation
Date: 13 November 2013
Speaker: Isabelle Needham-Didsbury (University College London)

Caveats for contact linguistics from Cappadocian Greek
Date: 4 December 2013
Speaker: Petros Karatsareas (UWE Bristol)

'Making sculptures out of smoke': Using narrative and creative writing to develop students' reflexivity
Date: 11 December 2013
Speaker: Catherine Rosenberg (UWE Bristol)
The role of Anglo-Norman in the history of English: shift-induced contact influence?
Date: 5 February 2014
Speaker: Richard Ingham (Birmingham City)

Where are the limits of the name? Some remaining issues with The Pragmatic Theory of Properhood
Date: 5 March 2014
Speaker: Richard Coates (UWE Bristol)

Creole in local newspapers
Date: 19 March 2014
Speaker: Julie Blake (University of Bristol)

Metaphor, agency and chronic pain
Date: 26 March 2014
Speaker: Jonathan Charteris-Black (UWE Bristol)  Abstract

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