Summer research activity in Linguistics & Phonetics

Researchers from Linguistics & Phonetics are presenting their latest work at several international conferences over the summer.

Cat Davies presented a paper on speaker-specific cues in semantic processing at the biennial Experimental Pragmatics Conference in Cologne. She will present a follow-up poster on the same research at the Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing conference in Lancaster in September. Cat will also travel to Lyon in July to present her work as part of a symposium on processes underlying children’s reference production at the International Congress for the Study of Child Language

In June, Cecile De Cat gave a talk at the International Symposium of Bilingualism in Limerick entitled ‘Bilingual children’s referential choices: The role of inhibitory control, working memory and language experience’. Then in September she’ll appear with PhD student Mengling Xu at the Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition conference in Palma de Mallorca, to present ‘A cue-based approach to long-distance anaphor binding in L2 Chinese’. She’ll also present a paper at the British Academy workshop on language, literacy and learning in children who speak English as an Additional Language, entitled "Predicting EAL proficiency from home language experience in the early years of formal schooling". 

Also in June, Diane Nelson went to Budapest to present a talk on Evidentiality in Meadow Mari at the Conference on the Syntax of Uralic Languages (SOUL), with co-author Elena Vedernikova.

Leendert Plug and his co-investigator Rachel Smith (University of Glasgow) presented 'Syllables, segments and speech tempo perception' at the 16th Rhythm Production and Perception Workshop in Birmingham in July. He’ll then appear at Interspeech in Stockholm to present 'Phonological complexity, segment rate and speech tempo perception'. A paper of the same title will be published in the conference’s proceedings. Both projects are supported by a British Academy and Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant.

Clare Wright gave a talk in June entitled ‘Going global in Chinese – the next lingua franca?’ at the Applied Linguistics Seminar Series in York. With colleagues and students there, she explored questions of universality of good pedagogy for global languages in a multilingual world, specifically focusing on developing communicative competence in Chinese through Study Abroad. In July, she presented her work on Task and time effects on L2 Mandarin speaking fluency at the British Chinese Language Teachers Society in Southampton.

Finally, Janet Watson and Jack Wilson presented a paper on gesture in Mehri and Śḥerɛ̄t at the North Atlantic Conference for Afro-Asiatic Linguistics in Leiden in June. The paper was entitled ‘The expression of direction and orientation in two Modern South Arabian languages’.