Dr Sam Hellmuth, Thursday 11th December 5pm-6pm

The ‘Language at Leeds’ Postgraduate Research Group (L@L PGR) is delighted to announce that Sam Hellmuth (University of York) will be giving a guest lecture titled:

Prosodic boundary marking as disjunction: evidence from Arabic [abstract]

We would like to invite all interested postgraduates and staff to attend the lecture on Thursday 11th December, 5pm-6pm.

Following the lecture some of us will be heading into the city centre for food. If anyone would like to join, please let us know by emailing languageatleedspgr@gmail.com

The lecture will take place between 5pm and 6pm on Thursday 11th December in the Leeds Humanities Research Institute (LHRI), in Seminar Room 1. The LHRI buildings are 29-31 Clarendon Place, or Number 25 on the University’s campus map (http://bit.ly/TYxVWP).

We look forward to seeing everyone there.

The L@L PGR Organisers.

Seminar Announcement – 27th November 2014

The Language at Leeds Postgraduate Research Group (L@L PGR) is pleased to announce its next seminar on Thursday 27th November, 5pm-5.30pm, and invites all postgraduates and staff to attend.

The half hour long session will include one research paper, which will be 20 minutes long with 10 minutes for questions and discussion:

Sandra Nickel, PhD Student, School of English and School of Theology and Religious studies

‘Idols’, ‘superstitions’ and the ‘prince of darkness’ – Linguistic re-mapping of the Yorùbá pantheon in 19th century missionary correspondence [Abstract]

The seminar will take place between 5pm and 5.30pm on Thursday 27th November, in the Leeds Humanities Research Institute (LHRI), in Seminar Room 1. The LHRI buildings are 29-31 Clarendon Place, or Number 25 on the University’s campus map (http://bit.ly/TYxVWP).

The L@L PGR draws together postgraduate students from across the University and acts as an intellectual forum for those students whose research focuses on any aspect of language study.

We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Guest Speaker Announcement: 13th November, 17:00-18:00

The Language at Leeds Postgraduate Research Group (L@L PGR) is delighted to announce its next seminar on Thursday 13th November, 5pm-6pm, and invites all postgraduates and staff to attend.

The hour long session will consist of a guest presentation, which will be 45 minutes long with 15 minutes for questions and discussion:

Taija Saikkonen, University of Helsinki 

Finnish language acquisition children between 1;8 and 3;1 years [Abstract]

The seminar will take place between 5pm and 6pm on Thursday 13th November, in the Leeds Humanities Research Institute (LHRI), in Seminar Room 1. The LHRI buildings are 29-31 Clarendon Place, or Number 25 on the University’s campus map (http://bit.ly/TYxVWP).

The L@L PGR draws together postgraduate students from across the University and acts as an intellectual forum for those students whose research focuses on any aspect of language study.

We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Seminar Announcement – 2nd October 2014

The Language at Leeds Postgraduate Research Group (L@L PGR) is pleased to announce its next seminar on Thursday 2nd October, 5pm-6pm, and invites all postgraduates and staff to attend.

The hour-long session will include two research papers. Each paper will be 20 minutes long with 10 minutes for questions and discussion:

1. Jack Wilson, PhD Student, Linguistics and Phonetics (LCS)

To gesture or not to gesture. Investigating the composition of multimodal communicative acts and their utility during a map task [Abstract]

2. Emmanuel Sarfo, PhD Student, School of English

Can the (Prime) Minister tell us…?: Differences in Ghanaian and UK parliamentary questions [Abstract]

The seminar will take place between 5pm and 6pm on Thursday 2nd October, in the Leeds Humanities Research Institute (LHRI), in Seminar Room 1. The LHRI buildings are 29-31 Clarendon Place, or Number 25 on the University’s campus map (http://bit.ly/TYxVWP).

The L@L PGR draws together postgraduate students from across the University and acts as an intellectual forum for those students whose research focuses on any aspect of language study.

We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Workshop: Tools and techniques for using and building digital text archives for research – David Woolls (CFL Software Ltd)

The Language at Leeds Postgraduate Research Group (L@L PGR) is delighted to announce as one of our LHRI funded events that David Woolls (CFL Software Limited) will be giving a presentation and workshop on the 3rd June, 12.00–17.00 in Seminar room 1, LHRI (29-31 Clarendon place) on corpus analysis software that covers multiple languages.

A full programme for the event can be found here.

Topics covered:
Handling formats (including PDF, XML and Word)
Tips and tricks for cleaning data
Designing clear structures in file naming
Dealing with volume
Deciding how much is needed

Software demonstrated:
CFL Lexical Feature Marker
WordSmith Tools
Copycatch Investigator
Jangle (Jaccard N-gram Lexical Evaluator)
CFL Discover (Big Data on a supercomputer at Pittsburgh Supercomputing Centre)
A multilingual parallel concordancer (examples in languages other than English will  be provided)

NB: We require participants to bring their own laptops.
Registration is free and lunch will be provided for participants. Places are limited.
To register for the workshop please email the group at languageatleedspgr@gmail.com or visit languageatleedspgr.wordpress.com/programme/ for more details.

We look forward to seeing everyone there.

The L@L PGR Organisers.

Seminar Preview – 29th May 2014

The Language at Leeds Postgraduate Research Group (L@L PGR) is pleased to announce its next seminar on Thursday 29th May 5pm-6pm, and invites all postgraduates and staff to attend.

The hour-long session will include two research papers. Each paper will be 20 minutes long with 10 minutes for questions and discussion:

1. Sandra Nickel, PhD Student, Theology and Religious Studies/School of English

Telling the “divinely mandated success story” – How 19th century missionary correspondence from Yorubaland worked as an instrument of discursive power [Abstract]

2. Yu Yuan, PhD Student, Centre for Translation Studies

Using Fine-grained Error-Annotation to Automated Translation Quality Evaluation: A Pilot Study [Abstract]

The seminar will take place between 5pm and 6pm on Thursday 29th May, in the Leeds Humanities Research Institute (LHRI), in Seminar Room 1. The LHRI buildings are 29-31 Clarendon Place, or Number 25 on the University’s campus map (http://bit.ly/TYxVWP).

The L@L PGR draws together postgraduate students from across the University and acts as an intellectual forum for those students whose research focuses on any aspect of language study.

We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Seminar Preview – 15th May 2014

The Language at Leeds Postgraduate Research Group (L@L PGR) is pleased to announce its next seminar on Thursday 15th May 5pm-6pm, and invites all postgraduates and staff to attend.

The hour-long session will include two research papers. Each paper will be 20 minutes long with 10 minutes for questions and discussion:

1. Camille Laporte, PhD Student, School of English

Left-wing leaders’ style in a campaigning context [Abstract]

2. Esther Harper, MRes Student, Russian and Slavonic Studies (SMLC)

When ‘the lady with the dog’ met Vygotsky: Understanding non-equivalence through concept formation in Russian – English literary translation [Abstract]

The seminar will take place between 5pm and 6pm on Thursday 15th May, in the Leeds Humanities Research Institute (LHRI), in Seminar Room 1. The LHRI buildings are 29-31 Clarendon Place, or Number 25 on the University’s campus map (http://bit.ly/TYxVWP).

The L@L PGR draws together postgraduate students from across the University and acts as an intellectual forum for those students whose research focuses on any aspect of language study.

We look forward to seeing everyone there.