Centre for Language and Linguistic Studies

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Centre for Language and Linguistic Studies

Director: Vikki Janke

Deputy Director: Jonathan Kasstan

Founded in 2008, the Centre for Language and Linguistic Studies (CLLS) aims to promote interdisciplinary collaboration in linguistic research and teaching. Membership embraces not just the members of English Language & Linguistics but also other members from the School of European Culture and Languages with an interest in the study of language, as well as researchers in philosophy, computing, psychology and anthropology, reflecting the many and varied routes by which individuals come to a love of language and an interest in the various disciplines and sub-disciplines of linguistics. Contributions from researchers in all areas of linguistic enquiry are welcome.

 

Guest Lectures

Our 'Guest Lecture Series' runs throughout the academic year. For this series we invite researchers from across the UK and Europe. The lectures are open all members of the university as well as the general public.

Upcoming lecture: abstract and date

The last of this term's Guest Lectures will take place on Wednesday, April 2nd, at 5pm in Darwin Lecture Theatre 2. Professor Siobhan Chapman (University of Liverpool) will be delivering, 'Pragmatics as an approach to textual revision: The case of George Moore's Esther Waters'.

Abstract:

In this talk I will explore the use of pragmatic theory as a way of describing, analysing and perhaps evaluating textual revision, concentrating on ‘Gricean’ pragmatics and its ‘neo-Gricean’ developments. I will take as a case study George Moore’s novel Esther Waters, which focuses on the experiences of a domestic servant and unmarried mother in Victorian England. Moore revised his novel repeatedly between its first publication in 1894 and final edition in 1931, but both he had his critics have described the changes as slight or superficial. I will argue that, although the changes are in general limited to specific lexical and grammatical alterations, a pragmatic analysis demonstrates that they have a significant effect of how the events of the novel are communicated to the reader. In particular, the changes serve to increase the emphasis on Esther as the focalising consciousness for her own story, and therefore to highlight the point of view of a traditionally marginalised figure in Victorian society. I will therefore assess pragmatic theory as a tool for explaining textual revisions which have ideological as well as stylistic implications.

 

Programme for Spring Term 2014

Date Speaker (institution) Title of the lecture
February 7th, 2014 Professor Ruth Page (University of Leicester) 'Shared' Stories and Social Media: The Facebook 'Death of Margaret Thatcher RIP Pages'
March 5th, 2014 Dr Andrea Santi (University College London) The Intersection of Syntax and Memory Mechanisms in Broca’s Area: Evidence from functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
April 2nd, 2014 Professor Siobhan Chapman (University of Liverpool) Pragmatics as an approach to textual revision: The case of George Moore's Esther Waters

Programme for Summer/Autumn Term 2013-2014

Date Speaker (institution) Title of the lecture
July 24th, 2013 Dr Theresa Biberaurer (University of Cambridge) Rethinking Comparative Syntax
August 1st, 2013 Dr Ioanna Sitaridou (University of Cambridge) The emergence of the infinitive as a Negative Polarity Item in the history of Romeyka (Leverhulme Seminar)
November 13th, 2013 Dr Fred Cummins (University College Dublin) From prayer to protest: the phenomenon of joint speech
December 11th, 2013 Dr Cecile De Cat (University of Leeds) L1 effects in the very advanced L2 processing of noun-noun compounds

Past events

Past events hosted by CLLS include:


LingLunch research seminar series

The CLLS LingLunch seminar series provides a friendly forum for the dissemination of new and exciting research in all fields of Linguistics. This academic year CLLS is offering a schedule featuring both emergent and well-established academics, from a number of UK and EU institutions. All are welcome to attend. If you are interested in presenting your research to the series, please contact the research centre Director.

Upcoming talk: abstract and date

 

No further talks have been scheduled for Spring Term 2014.

 

Spring Term 2014

Date Speaker (institution) Title
January 29th, 2014 Mr. Duncan Robertson (University of Glasgow) Accent and Implicit Cognition: Eyetracking in Glasgow
February 12th, 2014 Dr Alex Ho-Cheong Leung (University of Northumbia) The robustness of phonological categories in child L2 acquisition: insights from a less-studied English variety
February 26th, 2014 Dr Eirini Sanoudaki (Bangor University) Language Development in Down syndrome: the pronoun question
March 26th, 2014 Mrs. Heidi Colthup (University of Kent) Ludonarratives vs. Traditional Narrative: How The Stanley Parable engages the player/reader more effectively than ‘Assassin’s Creed’

Autumn Term 2013-2014

Date Speaker (institution) Research specialisation
October 9th, 2013 Dr Tamara Rathcke (University of Kent) Phonetics/Perception
October 23rd, 2013 Prof. Jane Stuart-Smith (University of Glasgow) Sociophonetics
November 6th, 2013 Dr Mercedes Durham (Cardiff University) Sociolinguistics
November 20th, 2013 Dr Petros Karatsareas (University of West of England) Historical Linguistics
December 4th, 2013 Dr Evangelia Adamou (CNRS, Paris) Information Structure
December 18th, 2013 Dr Christiana Gregoriou (University of Leeds) Stylistics


School of European Culture & Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX

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Last Updated: 25/07/2014