Speaking of Variation in Language Webinar Series

Wednesday 3 June 2020, 1:30pm to 2:00pm

Venue

online, Lancaster, United Kingdom, LA1 4YW - View Map

Open to

Prospective Undergraduate Students, Public

Registration

Free to attend - registration required

Registration Info

Register using the links in the schedule

Event Details

Linguistics and English Language are organising a webinar series in May and June aimed at students from Year 10 onwards, their teachers, our current applicants and others interested in variation in language.

Lancaster University's Department of Linguistics and English Language is organising a webinar series in May and June which may be of interest to you and your students. It is called Speaking of Variation in Language and its topics range from differences in language about gender to World Englishes and variation in sounds across dialects.

In what ways do sounds vary between languages and dialects? Are there different ways of being proficient in English, considering the spread of the language around the globe? How does the social media of the Edwardian era compare to ours? Does the language about women in videogames diverge from that about men? How “normal” is the grammar of English from the perspective of the thousands of languages in the world at large?

All these questions will be answered in Speaking of Variation in Language, a series of short online talks that the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University is organising.

For five weeks, we will be holding a session every Wednesday from 13:30 to 14:00 (British Summer Time).

The talks assume no prior knowledge and are aimed at students from Year 10 onwards, their teachers, our current applicants and others interested in variation in language. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions about the topic of the session or about studying linguistics or English language in general and next year.

The talks are free but sign-up via the links below is required.

Schedule

Wednesday 20 May 2020, 13:30-14:00

Battle of the grammars: English versus the world’s languages by Dr Daniel Van Olmen

Sign up for Wednesday 20 May

Wednesday 27 May 2020, 13:30-14:00

The dance of the tongue: Phonetic variation across languages and dialects by Dr Sam Kirkham

Sign up for Wednesday 27 May

Wednesday 3 June 2020,13:30-14:00

Exploring the language about gender in videogames: Big data and corpus linguistics by Mr Frazer Heritage

Sign up for Wednesday 3 June

Wednesday 10 June 2020,13:30-14:00

World Englishes and English as a lingua franca: Implications of the spread of English by Prof Luke Harding

Sign up for Wednesday 10 June

Wednesday 17 June 2020,13:30-14:00

Writing the Edwardian postcard: Formality, informality and multimodality by Dr Julia Gillen

Sign up for Wednesday 17 June

How will the sessions run?

All sessions take place online in Microsoft Teams and will be recorded for later upload to our departmental YouTube channel. Guidance on joining a Teams event is available.

Contact Details

Name linguistics@lancaster.ac.uk
Email

linguistics@lancaster.ac.uk

Website

http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/speaking-of-variation-in-language/