2016 Annual Meeting of the
Linguistics Association of Great Britain

University of York, 6-9 September 2016

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 Workshop on Computation | Summer School

Special events at LAGB 2016

Henry Sweet Lecture 2016

Bernard Comrie (University of California Santa Barbara) (reporting on joint work with Raoul Zamponi, Macerata)

'Verb Root Ellipsis'

Linguistics Association Lecture 2016

Paul Smolensky (Johns Hopkins University) 

'Non-discrete Structures in Grammar'

Workshop on Advances in Linguistic Theory Through Computation 

(organised by Jennifer Culbertson and Paul Smolensky)

This workshop will be held in conjunction with Paul Smolensky's Linguistics Association Lecture on Friday 9 September 2016.

Language Tutorial

There will be a Language Tutorial on Jaminjung/Ngaliwurru, given by Eva Schultze-Berndt (Manchester University) on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 September 2016.

Please note that LAGB 2016 takes place just after Sinn und Bedeutung 21 (partly sponsored by the LAGB), which will take at the University of Edinburgh 4-6 September 2016. 

LAGB Summer School 2016

The LAGB Summer School 2016 will provide postgraduate students (and other interested parties) with the opportunity to attend masterclasses in linguistics, receive training opportunities, meet linguists and socialise with other postgraduate students from across the UK. The one-day LAGB Summer School will take place on Tuesday 6 September 2015. This event is co-organised by the LAGB Committee and the LAGB Student Committee.

Wiki session 

Over lunch on Wednesday to Friday, Lauren Gawne and Charlotte Hemmings (SOAS) will be running Wiki training sessions. Wikipedia is the 7th most visited site on the internet, but many linguistics articles are incomplete, out of date, or in need of attention from researchers and students. Editing Wikipedia has a tremendous impact on the perception of the field and is useful practice in explaining research in a neutral and accessible manner. No prior Wikipedia knowledge is assumed and the skills developed in the session will be applicable to a wide range of disciplines. Wikipedia editing will happen over all three lunch breaks at LAGB, feel free to join us once, or spend the three days improving content. 

If you wish to participate please:

- Bring a laptop with you;
- Setup an eduroam connection prior to the workshop;
- Register for a Wikipedia account prior to the workshop;
- Come with an idea of the page you wish to edit in mind and feel free to bring any resources to cite from. 

Education Session

The LAGB Education Committee will hold a two-hour session entitled Communicating with Other Worlds: Formal Linguistic Second Language Acquisition and Language Teaching, chaired by Eva Eppler (Roehampton University). 


Formal linguistic second language acquisition research and the practice of language teaching share the same focus, namely the development of non-native language knowledge. Yet interactions between these two endeavours are rare. One practical reason for this is the absence of forums for such interaction. For example, conferences tend to be either research-focussed or profession-focussed. Another reason is that formal linguistic SLA research has not been widely communicated in non-technical language. We take the view that there are a lot of findings from this body of research that would be useful and informative for language teachers, and that the research community should take up the challenge to disseminate findings in an accessible way for a teacher audience. In this session, we showcase some examples of attempts to do this, at both the practical level, by holding events that specifically target both teachers and researchers; and at the level of research design, where research grounded in linguistic theory has been conducted with the involvement of teachers or with the practicalities of the classroom in mind. Finally, we present some bitesize talks in pecha kucha style, as examples of a different and potentially more accessible mode of communication about second language acquisition research.

The session will consist of:

Overview: Kook-Hee Gil (Sheffield), Heather Marsden (York) and Melinda Whong (Leeds)


Two invited talks (30 mins each),

Florence Myles (Essex):  

       ‘The role of ‘chunks’ in second language learning and teaching’

Tom Rankin  (Vienna): 

      'Linguistics, Education and How to do Things with Syntax'

Pecha Kucha style talks:(7 mins each)

Elaine Lopez (Leeds) 

        'Teaching the unteachable: articles in the L2 English classroom'

Vivienne Rogers (Swansea)  

      'Is there a link between learning words and learning grammar?'

Sophie Hentschel (Harrogate Grammar School) 

      'Teaching L1 and L2 grammar in the modern language classroom'

Discussion (20 mins)

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