Wednesday, 26 February 2014

One World Week 10-15 March

There are a lot of language/communication events as part of Sussex's first One World Week (click on the link for the full programme).

 In particular, we'd like to point out:

Throughout the week
FREE Language Taster Sessions -
The Sussex Centre for Language Studies are hosting free taster sessions in Arabic, British Sign Language, Chinese, Esperanto, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. Sessions are between 1 and 1.5 hours  (See the website for more details.)
Tuesday 11th March
Sign Language World
A series of activities to celebrate and promote Deaf Culture. Click on each event for more information.
2-3pm Fingerspelling Competition, Fulton 202
3-4pm Lecture on Language Genesis, Fulton 202
4-8pm Deaf Film Extravaganza, Silverstone 317

When polite words are rude: Intercultural communication between the UK and US
In this video and talk Lynne Murphy explores the differing assumptions about politeness and communication that create problems in intercultural interactions.
5-6pm Jubilee G30

Wednesday 12th March
Intercultural Awareness Workshop
A workshop based on discussion and interaction with peers. Participants are encouraged to reflect on aspects of culture and cultural identities which may reflect intercultural relationships. This is run by  Jules Winchester and Yolanda Cerda, of the Sussex Centre for Language Studies.
12-2pm, Jubilee G30

Broadcasting in a Foreign Language - 'Call My Bluff'

A live international telecollaboration between students of Spanish at Sussex and students of English at Universidad de León in Spain. 'Call My Bluff' is a game show with audience participation, teams take it in turns to provide definitions of obscure words, of which only one is correct - which definition is the correct one!?
2-4pm, Jubilee 144

The One World Week Language Cafe 
Click here to book for this event! A multi-language games evening, this event gives the opportunity for all students to practise in tandem one of the languages taught or represented in the campus community.
6.45pm, Mandela Hall

Thursday 13th March
Broadening Your Horizons

A chance to learn about volunteering, overseas opportunities and studying abroad. Representatives from our partner universities in Europe will be at this event for more information about spending a term or year abroad.
Drop in 1-5pm, Jubilee G30


Saturday, 8 February 2014

Upcoming event: Statistics for Linguistics workshop

Three-day workshop in Statistics for Linguistics

3–5 March 2014, University of Sussex

Workshop Content: Statistics for Linguists
This is a three-day workshop led by Professor Chris Butler and focused on teaching the basics of statistics for linguistic analysis. No prior knowledge of statistics is assumed. Topics covered include: research design, descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, and a range of parametric and non-parametric tests, from the t-test to log-linear analysis.  

Workshop Leader: Professor Chris Butler

Chris Butler is known internationally for his work in theoretical and descriptive linguistics. He also holds honorary appointments at the universities of Leeds, Huddersfield and Swansea, and was formerly Professor of Linguistics at the University College of Ripon and York St John (now York St John University). Prior to that he taught for almost 20 years at the University of Nottingham. He has a background in both linguistics and biochemistry and among his major publications are Statistics in Linguistics (now available online at and Structure and Function: A Guide to Three Major Structural-Functional Theories, a major research monograph of two volumes. A follow-up to these volumes, Exploring Functional-Cognitive Space, co-authored with Francisco Gonzálvez García, is currently in press.

The workshop will be held over three days on the University of Sussex Falmer campus. 
Monday 3 March:
11.00-11.30            Registration and welcome
11.30-13.00            Topic 1: Why do (some) linguists need to know something about statistics? Some questions and answers
                                    Topic 2: Descriptive statistics
13.00-14.00            Lunch
14.00-15.30            Topic 2: Descriptive statistics (continued)
                                    Topic 3: Hypothesis testing: fundamental concepts
15.30-16.00            Tea/coffee
16.00-17.00            Topic 4: Parametric and non-parametric tests. Examples of tests for differences between the ‘averages’ of 2 groups: independent and paired t-tests, Mann-Whitney test
Tuesday 4 March:
9.30-10.30              Topic 5: Introduction to Analysis of Variance (ANOVA): 1-way ANOVA
10.30-11.00            Tea/coffee
11.00-13.00            Topic 5: Introduction to ANOVA (continued): 2-way and mixed ANOVA     
                                    Topic 6: Correlation and simple linear regression
13.00-14.00            Lunch
14.00- 16.00           Topic 7: Introduction to multiple linear regression
                                    Topic 8: Chi-square test for nominal variables
Wednesday 5 March:
9.30-10.30              Topic 9: Introduction to log linear analysis
10.30-11.00            Tea/coffee
11.00-13.00            Topic 10: Practical exercise
13.00-14.00            Topic 11: Towards more sophisticated statistical analysis: brief mention of topics such as
·       Multivariate methods such as clustering and multidimensional scaling
·       Difficult data: outliers and violation of assumptions
·       The debate about null hypothesis testing using p values
·       Statistics with R
14.00                         Workshop ends

Coffee/tea will be provided, but, in order to keep costs down, lunch breaks will not be catered. There are several University cafés and a food shop near the venue. 
Registration for the three days is £100, or £25 for qualifying Sussex language/linguistics students (see registration form for more info). The registration fee is non-refundable.
To register, please request a registration form from R . Bowe @sussex. ac. uk  (remove spaces from email address)
If you have questions about the workshop, please contact Lynne Murphy: lynnem @sussex. ac. uk