Linguistics Department - Queen Mary University of London

Linguistics Department at Queen Mary University of London
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Language is central to almost all aspects of human life: communicating with each other; thinking and reasoning; creating social relations; passing on the thoughts, ideas and discoveries of the past to future generations. Linguistics is simply the study of language in all of its aspects. Here at Queen Mary, the newest London member of the Russell Group, we focus on both the nature of language (its

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08/11/2023

We are excited to announce the publication of two outstanding recent MA dissertations in our Queen Mary Occasional Papers in Linguistics series.

Published today, QMOPAL 49 is Becky Howard's dissertation on the ways in which feminism has been portrayed in young women's magazine coverlines from 1977 to 2017.

Forthcoming, the 50th QMOPAL paper is Philip Grant's dissertation on the semantics of possessive ordinal and superlative DPs in English.

All papers are available to download from: https://qmul.ac.uk/sllf/linguistics/research/working-papers/

Queen Mary’s OPAL is an occasional series of working papers by faculty, students, and affiliated visitors at the Department of Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London as well as extramural collaborators.

09/10/2023

We are pleased to announce that Jessica Zihuan Zhong has been awarded a PhD for Research in Linguistics, with the thesis, '"Human Rights" in the People's Daily: A Corpus-Assisted Discourse Study'.

Dr Zhong was supervised by Prof. Colleen Cotter and Prof. Jenny Cheshire.

29/08/2023

🗓️ Save the Date!

On the occasion of Tom Meadows dissertation defence, we are pleased to announce an afternoon workshop, entitled ‘A-bar Matters’ on Wednesday 13th September.

Guest speakers will include:

•Tom Meadows (QMUL)
•Prof. Ad Neeleman (UCL)
•Dr. Doreen Georgi (Potsdam)
•Prof. David Adger (QMUL)

Further information on the talks, potential additional speakers and hybrid options will be announced shortly!

20/07/2023

New funding has been awarded to the Generics Across Languages project, a collaboration between colleagues in Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London, University of East Anglia, Cambridge, Oxford, and Toronto. http://www.dimitra-lazaridou-chatzigoga.com/generics-across-languages/

The funding from the University of Oxford’s John Fell Fund will allow the project to pilot research into 5 additional languages. The project aims to investigate generics across 50 languages, covering 23 language families, 3 isolates, and 2 sign languages.

The Generics Across Languages is a collaborative project, with Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga (University of East Anglia and Cambridge University), Matt Husband (University of Oxford), Linnaea Stockall (Queen Mary University of London) and Suzi Lima (University of Toronto).

Generics Across Languages | Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga Generics Across Languages Collaborative project with Matt Husband (University of Oxford), Linnaea Stockall (Queen Mary University of London) and Suzi Lima (University of Toronto) Growing out of my research on generics (e.g.‘Tigers have stripes’ or ‘Jessie delivers the mail’) both from a theo...

14/02/2023

Huge thanks to Yaron Matras for his Forensic Linguistics guest talk for our students last Friday! His talk on the (mis)use of linguistic methods in the asylum process, and the subsequent barriers refugees face shows the importance of real science and expertise in society.

Navigating the pitfalls of language standardisation: The imperfect binary of authenticity and anonymity in Creole-speaking Martinique | Language in Society | Cambridge Core 02/02/2023

📄 PhD student Chiara Ardoino has published an article in Language and Society entitled 'Navigating the pitfalls of language standardisation: The imperfect binary of authenticity and anonymity in Creole-speaking Martinique.'

The article can be viewed at

Navigating the pitfalls of language standardisation: The imperfect binary of authenticity and anonymity in Creole-speaking Martinique | Language in Society | Cambridge Core Navigating the pitfalls of language standardisation: The imperfect binary of authenticity and anonymity in Creole-speaking Martinique

Hagit Borer para RELIF 15/07/2022

Prof. Hagit Borer has given an interview for Revista Linguistica. You can check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMzQhHawG-E

Hagit Borer para RELIF Como parte del I Encuentro RELIF entrevistamos a distintes investigadores internacionales para conocer sus principales ideas acerca de nuestra disciplina. Al...

Items - School of Languages, Linguistics and Film 06/06/2022

Please join us for this year's Jenny Cheshire Lecture, this Friday 10 June at 4:30pm. Prof. Meyerhoff will give a talk entitled 'On aesthetics and language variation'. For more details and info on how to register, see https://www.qmul.ac.uk/sllf/linguistics/events/upcoming-events/items/jenny-cheshire-lecture-2022---miriam-meyerhoff.html

Items - School of Languages, Linguistics and Film Most people know that different ways of saying things sound “nice” or “funny” or “sexy”. But linguists are curiously reluctant to engage directly with the fact that we have an aesthetic response to language variation. Qualitative sociolinguists, following anthropologist colleagues, are m...

19/05/2022

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film is looking to appoint a full-time, permanent Technical Manager for Linguistics to provide colleagues with technical support within our Experimental Laboratories. For the full job description, see https://linguistlist.org/issues/33/33-1749/

04/05/2022

Francesca Ziegler (Y2, English Language and Linguistics) and Elisha Wijesekera (Y2, English Literature and Linguistics) have been awarded a Cambridge Long Vacation Scholarship to spend 4 weeks at Cambridge over the summer to conduct independent research.

Perspectives on Taste: Aesthetics, Language, Metaphysics, and Experimental Philosophy 04/05/2022

Hazel Pearson has just published a book chapter entitled 'Individual and stage-level predicates of personal taste: another argument for genericity as the source of faultless disagreement'.
Check it out here: https://www.routledge.com/Perspectives-on-Taste-Aesthetics-Language-Metaphysics-and-Experimental/Wyatt-Zakkou-Zeman/p/book/9781032003177

Perspectives on Taste: Aesthetics, Language, Metaphysics, and Experimental Philosophy This book offers a sustained, interdisciplinary examination of taste. It addresses a range of topics that have been at the heart of lively debates in philosophy of language, linguistics, metaphysics, aesthetics, and experimental philosophy. Our everyday lives are suffused with discussions about tast...

04/05/2022

Former MA student Alice Stanton has been awarded an SeNSS studentship at The University of Sussex to do a PhD as part of the project ‘Flower, flora, fauna: can novel metrics of verbal fluency performance help detect individuals at risk of future cognitive decline?’

25/04/2022

QMUL is hosting the 45th Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW) Colloquium, from Wednesday 27 to Friday 29 April. For details on the conference, please consult the following page: https://glowlinguistics.org/45/

GLOW 45 – Queen Mary University of London GLOW 45 The 45th Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW) Colloquium will take place at Queen Mary University of London on 27th-29th April, 2022 in a hybrid fashion. In addition to the main session, there will be one thematic workshops (26th April): Workshop I: Typological generalizations and....

Items - School of Languages, Linguistics and Film 13/04/2022

Join us for Rodney Jones's (hybrid) Guest Speaker Seminar talk, TODAY at 4:30pm.
You can find all the information here: https://www.qmul.ac.uk/sllf/linguistics/events/upcoming-events/items/guest-speaker-seminar-series-prof-rodney-jones-rescheduled.html

Items - School of Languages, Linguistics and Film When: Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PMWhere: Mile End campus, Arts2 building, room 2.17 & Zoom, https://qmul-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/81168405785?pwd=dXBjNExuQWJlT1ZwM0pSWEcvRUUzdz09,

04/04/2022

Our very own Hazel Pearson has just published, in Inquiry, a co-authored paper entitled 'Excluded entailments and the de se/de re partition'.
Check it out here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/epub/10.1080/0020174X.2022.2052350?needAccess=true

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Analysis of an invented writing system for the Shanghainese language | Investigationes Linguisticae 28/03/2022

PhD student Logan Simpson has published an article entitled 'Analysis of an invented writing system for the Shanghainese language'.
Check it out here: https://pressto.amu.edu.pl/index.php/il/article/view/31964

Analysis of an invented writing system for the Shanghainese language | Investigationes Linguisticae Analysis of an invented writing system for the Shanghainese language Article Sidebar PDF (English) Opublikowane: gru 30, 2020 DOI: https://doi.org/10.14746/il.2020.44.3 Main Article Content Logan Simpson Abstrakt The present study uses qualitative methods to analyze and restore an invented missionar...

28/03/2022

MA alumnus Zhouyi Sun will be joining the PhD programme in Linguistics at MIT, and current student Jess Goebel will be joining the PhD programme at NYU.
Congratulations to both!

28/03/2022

MA student Victoria Taylor has won a scholarship to attend the Lavender Languages Institute, hosted by Florida Atlantic University. Congratulations!

18/03/2022

Several of our QMUL linguists have just taken part in the Copenhagen Winter School!

Photos from Linguistics Department - Queen Mary University of London's post 18/03/2022

Just a couple of pictures from our recent open day taster event, where Luisa Marti and Hazel Pearson led a murder mystery game to teach students about semantics.

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