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News

Below are a selection of news items from the Linguistics department covering new publications, new hires, invited talks, new grants, and other successes. Most recent news is displayed at the top. For more information about a news item, click the title.

QMUL linguists publish in PWPL
11 October 2018

The new volume of Penn Working Papers in Linguistics is out, featuring four of our very own linguists!

QMUL at ICL20
2 July 2018

QMUL at SS22
25 June 2018

Randolph Quirk
22 January 2018

QMUL at NWAV46
30 October 2017

New: London Semantics Network
8 August 2017

Luisa Marti and Hazel Pearson are collaborating with linguists at KCL and UCL to set up a new cross-London research group: the London Semantics Network

Job opportunity: Two-year Postdoc
1 August 2017

New Postdoctoral Research Assistant position at Queen Mary University of London

Application deadline: 29 August 2017

Interviews: early September 2017

Start date: as soon as possible after interview

Job location: London (QMUL)

Devyani Sharma to speak at English Grammar Day
30 June 2017

Devyani Sharma will be giving a talk on 'Old and new norms in World Englishes' as part of English Grammar Day at the British Library.

Major ESRC Project to Study Accent and Fair Access awarded to Levon, Sharma, and collaborators
21 June 2017

We are excited to announce that QMUL linguists Dr Erez Levon and Professor Devyani Sharma have been awarded a large ESRC grant with collaborators at QMUL and York.

Publications so far in 2017
21 June 2017

In addition to our recent conference successes, linguists at QMUL have been busy publishing, with new papers from Linnaea Stockall, Coppe van Urk, and Hazel Pearson among others.

Harbour, Kasstan, and Levon secure prestigious research grants
21 June 2017

Professor Daniel Harbour and Dr Jonathan Kasstan have both been awarded Leverhulme fellowships, and Dr Erez Levon has recently received two British Academy grants.

QMUL conference representation | Summer 2017
21 June 2017

Staff and students alike are presenting at many different national and international conferences this summer.

Recent and upcoming panels, symposia, workshops, invited talks and plenaries | Summer 2017
21 June 2017

QMUL Linguistics staff have been invited to give talks and panels at a range of national and international conferences and workshops this summer.

Job Opportunity: Two temporary teaching fellow positions
19 June 2017

We are seeking to appoint two full-time, temporary teaching fellow positions, one in sociolinguistics (2 years) and one in linguistics (3 years).

QMUL staff and students at ICLaVE 9
5 June 2017

Prof. Jenny Cheshire, Dr Erez Levon, Karen Beaman, Christian Ilbury, and Hui Zhao either give presentations or panel discussions at ICLaVE 9, held at the University of Malaga from 6-9 June 2017.

Constructing a Language summer school
30 May 2017

In May 2017, David Adger and Coppe van Urk ran a hugely successful university experience for Year Ten pupils on constructing a language.

Undergraduate research to be presented at upcoming conferences
21 March 2017

Five of our undergraduates will be presenting their research at upcoming undergraduate conferences this April.

Job Opportunity: Lecturer in Phonology
14 December 2016

We are seeking to appoint a (full-time, permanent) Lecturer in Linguistics with a focus on Phonology.

David Hall presents at the 31st Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop
24 November 2016

Dr David Hall will present at CGSW31.

LISS PhD Studentship Competition 2017-18 now open
23 November 2016

Queen Mary University of London is a partner institution in one of the largest Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnerships in the country.

Erez Levon to give talk at UCL
22 November 2016

Erez Levon to give talk at UCL.

Esther de Leeuw to give annual SLLF lecture
14 November 2016

Esther de Leeuw to give annual SLLF lecture.

Erez Levon publishes in the Financial Times
25 October 2016

Erez Levon publishes in the Financial Times.

Are you speaking my language? - British Library panel with Devyani Sharma
11 October 2016

The British Library are running an event.

NSS 2016
12 August 2016

In the National Student Survey 2016 (NSS), overall satisfaction with Teaching among students of single honours Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London was 88 per cent.

London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership wins ESRC funding bid
8 August 2016

The new London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership has been awarded a 5 year grant from the ESRC.

QMUL PhD student Hui Zhao gives two talks
30 June 2016

QMUL PhD student Hui Zhao gave recently two talks.

QMUL at Sociolinguistics Symposium 21 | 15-18th June | Murcia
30 June 2016

QMUL is going to be well represent at the Sociolinguistics Symposium 21 to be held 15-18th June in Murcia, Spain.

Staff promotions: Professor Devyani Sharma
11 May 2016

Join us in congratulating Dr Devyani Sharma on her promotion to Professor of Sociolinguistics!

PhD awarded: Dr. Pavadee Saisuwan
11 May 2016

Join us in congratulating Dr. Pavadee Saisuwan.

PhD awarded: Dr. David Hall
11 May 2016

Join us in confratulating Dr. David Hall on the successful completion of his PhD.

Featured linguist: David Adger at the LINGUIST List
20 April 2016

Professor David Adger is the featured linguist at the LINGUIST List!

QMUL PhD student Abigaël Candelas de la Ossa publishes and gives a talk
15 March 2016

QMUL PhD student Abigaël Candelas de la Ossa has been active in publishing and she gave an invited talk recently at the University of Western Ontario.

PhD awarded: Dr. Hong Liu
8 February 2016

Join us in congratulating Dr Hong Liu on the successful completion of her PhD.

New website for the MSC-funded project by Christos Vlachos and David Adger
23 December 2015

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research-funded project on Clausal Selection: Integrating Theoretical with Experimental Linguistics (ClauSe: InTEL) by Dr Christos Vlachos and Professor David Adger has a ne

QMUL Fryni Panayidou gives invited talk at the University of Bristol
2 December 2015

QMUL Dr Fryni Panayidou gives an invited talk at the Linguistics Colloquium at the School of Modern Languages, University of Bristol.

QMUL PhD student Abigaël Candelas de la Ossa makes a short written submission of evidence on the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill
30 November 2015

QMUL PhD student Abigaël Candelas de la Ossa makes a short written submission of evidence on the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Bill.

QMUL Erez Levon gives plenary lectures at SVALP in Virginia and LIB in Oxford
25 November 2015

Dr Erez Levon will give a plenary lecture at the Sociolinguistic Variation and Language Processing (SVALP) conference.

New book on "Language, Sexuality, and Power: Studies in Intersectional Sociolinguistics" edited by Erez Levon and Ronald Beline Mendes
25 November 2015

We are very pleased to congratulate Dr Erez Levon on co-editing with Ronald Beline Mendes.

QMUL Jonathan Kasstan publishes an article on Francoprovençal on the front page of swiss.info
13 November 2015

QMUL Jonathan Kasstan publishes an article on Francoprovençal on the front page of swiss.info

QMUL Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga gives an invited talk at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
5 November 2015

Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga is giving an invited talk on 'How exceptional are generics? An experimental investigation'

Third International Conference on Language Attrition (ICLA3) co-organized by QMUL Esther de Leeuw
27 October 2015

Esther de Leeuw is co-organzing the Third International Conference on Language Attrition (ICLA3) at the University of Essex, Colchester on July 5-7, 2016.

New Paper published in RATIO by Drs. Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Linnaea Stockall and Napoleon Katsos
19 October 2015

We are very pleased to congratulate QMUL Drs. Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, Linnaea Stockall and Napoleon Katsos (University of Cambridge) on the publication.

QMUL at NWAV 44 | Toronto 22-25 October 2015
19 October 2015

QMUL is going to be well represent at the 44th New Ways of Analyzing Variation conference (NWAV 44) to be held October 22-25, 2015 in Toronto, Canada.

QMUL Linnaea Stockall presents at SNL 2015 in Chicago and at McMaster University in Ontario
19 October 2015

Dr. Linnaea Stockall presents at the Seventh Annual meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language.

QMUL Luisa Martí gives a plenary talk at Sinn und Bedeutung 20 in Tübingen
4 October 2015

QMUL Luisa Martí gives a plenary talk at Sinn und Bedeutung 20 in Tübingen

Devyani Sharma at the Telegraph about the language used in Downton Abbey
30 September 2015

Devyani Sharma has been recently interviewed by the Telegraph on the language used in Downton Abbey.

Dr Christos Vlachos takes up a MSC fellowship
30 September 2015

Join us in welcoming Dr Christos Vlachos, a new Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow.

New staff in linguistics: van Urk, Drummond, Lyons and Kasstan
28 September 2015

Join us in welcoming new staff in linguistics:

Professor David Adger elected President of the LAGB
28 September 2015

Join us in congratulating Professor David Adger on being elected President of the LAGB, the Linguistics Association of Great Britain!

Staff promotions: Dr. Esther de Leeuw
28 September 2015

Join us in congratulating Dr. Esther de Leeuw on her promotion to Senior Lecturer in Linguistics!

QMUL post-doc Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga presents at the Generic Workshop at Harvard University
20 September 2015

Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga will be presenting a paper.

QMUL PhD student Shivonne Gates presents in York and in Dublin
2 September 2015

Shivonne Gates is presenting at the 10th UK Language Variation and Change (UKLVC) in York, UK.

QMUL PhD student Panpan Yao presents in Potsdam (EAPC3) and in Malta (AMLAP 2015)
1 September 2015

Panpan Yao is presenting at two conferences.

QMUL PhD student Pavadee Saisuwan presents in York and in Toronto
24 August 2015

Pavadee Saisuwan is presenting at two conferences this autumn: at the 10th UK Language Variation and Change (UKLVC) in York, UK and at New Ways of Analyzing Variation 44 (NWAV) in Toronto, Canada.

Daniel Harbour on what Game of Thrones can teach us about person and place
22 August 2015

As part of the Roots IV workshop on morphology and the lexicon in New York City in July, NYU and NYUAD hosted the public lecture "More Than Words: Morphology and the Universality of Language".

QMUL presents at the PARLAY 2015 in York
18 August 2015

QMUL presents twice at the PARLAY 2015 Conference for Postgraduate and Academic Researchers in Linguistics at the University of York.

QMUL presents at the PARLAY 2015 in York
18 August 2015
QMUL presents twice at the PARLAY 2015 Conference for Postgraduate and Academic Researchers in Linguistics at the University of York.

PhD awarded: Dr. Fangfang Niu
18 August 2015

Join us in congratulating Dr. Fangfang Niu on the successful completion of her PhD.

New paper on OPALS | AthEME EU grant
16 March 2015

We are happy to announce the first deliverable in the AtheEME EU grant!

Devyani Sharma on BBC's The One Show
9 February 2015

Devyani Sharma appeared on BBC's The One Show in a 5-minute story tallking about her research!

Paper presented by Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga at the Workshop Co-Distributivity 2015 in Paris
8 February 2015

Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga will be presenting a paper on "Distributive quantifiers in Greek : slack and rigid distributivity" at the Workshop Co-Distributivity 2015 in CNRS Pouchet in Paris.

Paper by Professor Paul Elbourne published in an anthology of articles from Linguistic Inquiry
23 January 2015

We congratulate Professor Paul Elbourne for the publication of his paper "Ellipsis Sites as Definite Descriptions".

Linguistics PhD student teaching Mandarin Taster Session
19 January 2015

Fangfang Niu will be teaching the following Mandarin Taster Session!

The Queen Mary Lectures on Nominal Structure | Tuesdays 2-4pm
12 January 2015

The Queen Mary Lectures on Nominal Structure

REF 2014 results: Linguistics tops the REF league table for quality
9 January 2015

Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London tops the REF league table for quality!

REF 2014 results: Linguistics tops the REF league table for quality
9 January 2015
Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London tops the REF league table for quality!

Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship awarded to Professor Hagit Borer
5 January 2015

Join us in congratulating Professor Hagit Borer, who has been awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for 2 years starting in October 2015.

MA Linguistics Students Awarded Postgraduate College Awards 2013/14
11 November 2014

Join us in congratulating two MA Linguistics Students of the year 2013/14.

QMUL at NWAV 43 | Chicago 23-26 October 2014
20 October 2014

QMUL is going to be well represent at the 43rd New Ways of Analyzing Variation conference (NWAV 43) to be held October 23-26, 2014 in Chicago.

Listen to Professor David Adger in a new interview | QM PhD students interview their supervisors
9 October 2014

PhD students at QM have just launched a series of podcasts in which they interview their supervisors individually and have a chat about their research interests, views on the discipline, life as a res

Campus map for linguistics events
28 September 2014

Events occur in various buildings around the Mile End Campus, highlighted on the map below:

QMUL PhD student Panpan Yao at AMLAP 2014 | University of Edinburgh
29 August 2014

Panpan Yao presents a poster titled 'Investigation of Chinese-English learners acquisition of tense and aspect in English: Self-paced reading and eye-movement study'.

QMUL at LAGB | University of Oxford, 1-5 September 2014
6 August 2014

QMUL is going to be well represented at the LAGB Annual Meeting 2014.

Panayidou dissertation available via Queen Mary's OPALs
30 May 2014

Queen Mary has a new OPAL.

Listen to Professor David Adger in a new podcast interview on his book 'A syntax of substance'
30 April 2014

Listen here to Professor David Adger on a podcast interview on his MIT Press book 'A Syntax of Substance' in the New Books on Language series.

Listen to Professor David Adger in a new podcast interview on his book 'A syntax of substance'
30 April 2014
Listen here to Professor David Adger on a podcast interview on his MIT Press book 'A Syntax of Substance' in the New Books on Language series.

QMUL alumnus James Hawkey joins the University of Bristol as Lecturer in Hispanic Linguistics
10 April 2014

Join us in congratulating Dr. James Hawkey on his new job.

New British Academy research grant on genericity awarded to QMUL and University of Cambridge linguists
10 April 2014

Join us in congratulating Linnaea Stockall, Napoleon Katsos (University of Cambridge) and Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, who have been awarded a British Academy research grant.

New British Academy research grant on genericity awarded to QMUL and University of Cambridge linguists
10 April 2014
Join us in congratulating Linnaea Stockall, Napoleon Katsos (University of Cambridge) and Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, who have been awarded a British Academy research grant.

New book on 'Research Methods in Linguistics' published in Cambridge University Press by Devyani Sharma and Robert Podesva
8 April 2014

We are very pleased to congratulate Devyani Sharma on co-editing with Robert Podesva a new book "Research Methods in Linguistics".

New book on 'Structuring Sense: vol. 3: Taking Form' published in OUP by Hagit Borer
8 April 2014

We are very pleased to congratulate Professor Hagit Borer on her new book.

New book on 'Definite descriptions' published in OUP by Paul Elbourne
8 April 2014

We are very pleased to congratulate Paul Elbourne on his new book.

New paper published in Language by Daniel Harbour
8 April 2014

We are very pleased to congratulate Daniel Harbour on his article "Paucity, abundance, and the theory of number" published in Language this month.

New paper published in PNAS by Prof. David Adger and Jennifer Culbertson
8 April 2014

We are very pleased to congratulate Professor David Adger and Jennifer Culbertson on their article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) this month.

QMUL Linguistics Events calendar
7 January 2014

Click here to access the QMUL Linguistics Events calendar.

New paper published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience by Dr. Linnaea Stockall and colleagues
25 November 2013

We are very pleased to congratulate Dr. Linnaea Stockall, Joseph Fruchter and Alec Marantz on the publication of their article.

QMUL presents at the 1st UCL Graduate Conference in Linguistics
7 November 2013

QMUL presents twice at the 1st UCL Graduate Conference in Linguistics that takes place on the 7th and 8th of November in Chandler House (2 Wakefield Street, London, WC1N 1PF).

Conference
25 October 2013

David Adger will participate in a discussion on negation and affirmation in varieties of Scottish English at the Comparative syntax of English workshop.

QMUL goes to Cambridge - CSoE 2013
25 October 2013

David Adger will participate in a discussion on negation and affirmation in varieties of Scottish English at the Comparative syntax of English workshop at Cambridge University on November 6, 2013.

Conference
25 October 2013

QMUL Linguistics was well represented at the recent NWAV.

QMUL at NWAV
25 October 2013

QMUL Linguistics was well represented at the recent NWAV (New Ways of Analyzing Variation) conference in Pittsburg.

Mind in Society Launch Event
25 October 2013

Join us on Thursday, November 28th for the launch event of the new Centre for Mind in Society.

Dr. Anita Szakay joins us, gives talk at UKLVC
9 September 2013

We are very happy to welcome Dr. Anita Szakay (PhD UBC) to our department.

Conference
9 September 2013

We are very happy to welcome Dr. Anita Szakay (PhD UBC) to our department.

Sociolinguistics
9 September 2013

We are very happy to welcome Dr. Anita Szakay (PhD UBC) to our department.

Dr. Anita Szakay joins us, gives talk at UKLVC
9 September 2013
We are very happy to welcome Dr. Anita Szakay (PhD UBC) to our department.

Syntax
9 September 2013

Professor David Adger recently gave a week of lectures on his new book.

Lecture
9 September 2013

Professor David Adger recently gave a week of lectures on his new book.

Professor David Adger Lectures on 'A Syntax of Substance' online
9 September 2013

Professor David Adger recently gave a week of lectures on his new book, 'A Syntax of Substance.'

Watch the recording of Prof. Jennifer Coates June 7 Lecture
12 June 2013

On June 7th, Prof. Jennifer Coates of the University of Roehampton delivered the 3rd Annual Jenny Cheshire Lecture.

Lecture
12 June 2013

On June 7th, Prof. Jennifer Coates of the University of Roehampton delivered the 3rd Annual Jenny Cheshire Lecture, entitled "The discursive production of everyday heterosexualities."

QMUL linguist Esther de Leeuw presents QM collaborative work at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore
7 June 2013

Esther de Leeuw is presenting twice at the 9th International Symposium on Bilingualism.

PhD awarded: Dr. Philippa Law
31 May 2013

Join us in congratulating Dr. Philippa Law on the successful completion of her PhD.

QMUL linguist Jenny Cheshire gives a plenary lecture at Universidade de Santiago de Compestela
31 May 2013

QMUL linguist Jenny Cheshire gives a plenary lecture on 'Multiethnolects and English Corpus Linguistics' at the 34th ICAME conference.

QMUL linguists Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga and Linnaea Stockall present work at XPRAG London Master Class at UCL
30 May 2013

Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga and Linnaea Stockall present a poster at the XPRAG London Master Class.

PhD awarded: Dr. Rachelle Vessey
30 May 2013

Join us in congratulating Dr. Rachelle Vessey on the successful completion of her PhD.

QMUL linguist Esther de Leeuw presents QM collaborative work at Concordia University
16 May 2013

Esther de Leeuw is presenting twice at the New Sounds 2013 conference at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, on May 17-19.

PhD awarded: Dr. Barbara Clark
26 March 2013

Join us in congratulating Dr. Barbara Clark on the successful completion of her PhD.

QMUL linguist Paul Elbourne gives an invited lecture at Ohio State University
14 March 2013

On March the 21st, QMUL linguist Paul Elbourne will give an invited talk.

QMUL staff and students interviewed in the Evening Standard
11 March 2013

Dr. Devyani Sharma and several students studying at QMUL talk about the value of being multilingual.

OPAL
11 December 2012

Luke's undergraduate thesis.

Queen Mary has a new OPAL: Luke Bradley on Old English copulas.
11 December 2012

Click for Luke's undergraduate thesis.

OPAL
11 December 2012
Luke's undergraduate thesis.

Professor Jenny Cheshire presents at at the Australian Linguistics Society Conference
3 December 2012

Professor Jenny Cheshire gives two presentations at the Australian Linguistics Society Conference in Perth, Western Australia, December 5-7.

'A Syntax of Substance' by David Adger now available for preorder
15 November 2012

Professor David Adger's new book 'A Syntax of Substance' is now available for preorder from MIT Press.

Postgraduate
5 October 2012

The MA student handbook for 2012-13 is now available for download.

MA Handbook for 2012-13 now online
5 October 2012

The MA student handbook for 2012-13 is now available for download.

QMUL gives an invited seminar lecture at the School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow
26 September 2012

On October 4, QMUL linguist Erez Levon will give an invited seminar lecture on "Sociophonetic variation and the intersection of gender and social class in the Southeast of England."

QMUL presents at the International Workshop on Heritage Languages
26 September 2012

On October 4-6, QMUL linguist David Adger will give a talk on "Combinatorial Variability in situations of Reduced Input".

Promotions
25 September 2012

We all congratulate Dr. Colleen Cotter on her promotion.

Staff Promotions: Dr. Colleen Cotter & Dr. Erez Levon
25 September 2012

We all congratulate Dr. Colleen Cotter on her promotion to Reader in Media Linguistics.

Staff
25 September 2012

We all congratulate Dr. Colleen Cotter on her promotion to Reader in Media Linguistics, and Dr. Erez Levon to Senior Lecturer in Linguistics.

Promotions
25 September 2012
We all congratulate Dr. Colleen Cotter on her promotion.

QMUL presents at Sinn und Bedeutung
21 September 2012

On September 8-10, QMUL linguistics Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga and Linnaea Stockall gave a talk entitled "Generics and Domain Restriction: Experimental Evidence from Comparison with Universals".

2012-13 Module Directory with Classroom Locations now out
18 September 2012

See attached to download the Module Directory and find the locations of your classes.

Two new papers available through QMOPAL
18 July 2012

The following two papers have just been published.

Two new papers available through QMOPAL
18 July 2012
The following two papers have just been published.

Jenny Cheshire elected to Fellowship of British Academy
6 July 2012

Professor Jenny Cheshire has been elected to the Fellowship of the British Academy in recognition of her significant achievements to research and academia in the U.K.

Dr. Devyani Sharma promoted to Senior Lecturer
6 July 2012

Dr. Devyani Sharma has been promoted to Senior Lecturer of Linguistics.

Dr. Daniel Harbour promoted to Reader in Cognitive Science
6 July 2012

Dr. Daniel Harbour has been promoted to Reader in Cognitive Science.

Language, Mind, Nature: An Evening with Noam Chomsky
6 July 2012

Direct Links to stream a recording of the event are at: