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.

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.

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 – 1st May 2014

The Language at Leeds Postgraduate Research Group (L@L PGR) is pleased to announce its next seminar on Thursday 1st 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. Neveen Al Saeed, PhD Student, School of English

Resistance Strategies in interrogations of suspects and witnesses in the Egyptian judicial process [Abstract]

2. Michele Filannino (School of Computer Science, University of Manchester) 

Can computers understand time? [Abstract]

The seminar will take place between 5pm and 6pm on Thursday 1st 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.

The L@L PGR Organisers.

Dr Claire Hardaker, Thursday 12th December 5:30pm-6:30pm

The Leeds Postgraduate Research Group (L@L PGR) is delighted to announce that Dr Claire Hardaker will be visiting from Lancaster University to give a one-hour presentation at the group’s final seminar of the semester on Thursday 12th December 5.30pm-6.30pm (note the later start time than usual). The talk will take place in the Leeds Humanities Research Institute (LHRI) Seminar Room 1. We would like to invite all postgraduates and staff to attend.

The title of Claire’s talk is ‘Wolves on the Web: aggression, deception, and manipulation in computer-mediated communication‘ and the abstract can be found here.

Claire is a forensic corpus linguist who specialises in online aggression, deception, and manipulation. Her research focuses specifically on trolling, but also examines behaviours such as flaming, cyberbullying, cyberstalking, and so forth. In recent years, behaviours such as trolling have hit the mainstream media, and Claire and her research have featured on Panorama, Newsnight, This Morning, Sky News, BBC News, Al Jazeera, Channel 4 News and ITN News, as well as in the Times, Telegraph, Observer, Guardian, Independent, Metro, Daily Mail, Huffington Post, TIME Magazine, and Rolling Stone Magazine. The issue of trolling, and Claire’s work, have both been discussed around the world, in media from countries such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

Claire is currently principle investigator on a £200k ESRC project investigating Twitter death and rape threats. She is also a consultant expert for Disney’s £3m anti-cyberbullying campaign and working with undercover police to investigate online grooming and manipulation practices.

The seminar will take place between 5.30pm and 6.30pm on Thursday December 12th, in the Leeds Humanities Research Institute (LHRI), 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.

Visiting speaker confirmed: Dr Ruth Page, 24th January 2013

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Dr Page is a lecturer in the School of English at the University of Leicester, specialising in feminist narratology, the analysis of narratives in digital contexts, and online social media

Dr Page’s paper for this seminar, entitled Saying ‘Sorry’: Corporate Apologies Posted on Twitter analyses a dataset of 1183 corporate apology tweets and considers the distinctive forms of their semantic components (the Illocutionary Force Indicating Device, Explanations, Offers of Repair (Blum Kulka et a. 1989)) and their rapport building potential. The full abstract for the paper can be found here.

Dr Page is the second speaker from another institution to feature in the LLT PGR Seminar series, and we are very pleased that we’ve been able to attract her. The paper will occupy the full one hour session comprising 40-45 minute presentation followed by 10-15 minutes for questions and discussion.

This presentation has been added to the programme for the spring term and we look forward to seeing everyone at our first seminar of the semester on the 24th January.

Seminar Preview – DR JOHANN UNGER. Thursday December 6th.

Leeds Language, Linguistics and Translation PGR group is delighted to announce:

Thursday 6th December 2012, 5pm-6pm (This Thursday)

Dr Johann Unger (Lancaster University): ‘Using critical discourse studies to investigate  language policy and attitudes’.

Dr Unger’s paper uses two case studies (from Scotland and France) in outlining the main theoretical and methodological considerations involved in applying a critical discourse studies framework to the study of language policies and attitudes. The abstract for his paper can be found here.

The seminar will take place in the Leeds Humanities Research Institute (LHRI), in Seminar  Room 3. The LHRI buildings are 29-31 Clarendon Place, or Number 25 on the University’s campus map (http://bit.ly/TYxVWP).

Dr Unger is a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University, specialising in language policy, minority languages, critical discourse analysis, discourse sociolinguistics and dialect. Dr Unger is the LLT PGR group’s first speaker visiting from another institution and his paper will occupy the full one hour session with a 40-45 minute presentation followed by 10-15 minutes for questions and discussion.

The seminar will be followed by an informal meal and drinks, and everyone is invited to come along. We are very pleased that the group has been able to attract Dr Unger, and it is with thanks to the support of the LHRI that we can host guest speakers.

We hope to see many of you there!

The LLT PGR Organisers.