Monday, 27 April 2015

ROLLS 8 May Dirk Geeraerts

An extraordinary meeting of the Research on Language & Linguistics at Sussex (ROLLS) will take place next week. Please join us!

Friday 8 May, 13:00  Arts B217 Sussex University

Professor Dirk Geeraerts (KU Leuven)
A formal definition of informalization. Onomasiological variation and lectometry

This talk is situated at the crossroads of two fields of inquiry: on the one hand, the corpus-based study of lexical and semantic variation that has been the main focus of my research team since the publication of Geeraerts et al. 1994, The Structure of Lexical Variation; on the other hand, the sociolinguistic tradition initiated by Tore Kristiansen that looks at recent developments in the European languages in terms of 'destandardization' and 'demotization'. Specifically, the talk argues that the methods for onomasiological lectometry that derive from the first tradition help to clarify a number of issues related to the second tradition.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Hurrah for our finalists!

We've taken to posting about what staff have been up to research-wise, but that's not to say that lots hasn't gone on for our students research-wise this term. Our undergraduate finalists have been busy--most of them preparing dissertations based on original research, which they presented last week in poster form. Here are some views. It was all too exciting not to be a bit blurry...

Among those pictured are students who've already got their next steps plotted. Lizzi Hart (top left photo, right) has been writing for (among others) Guardian Careers, Huffington Post,  and Bring the Noise and is moving on to a full-time post in graduate recruitment. Annie Dahne (second row, left photo, right) is moving to Hong Kong for a full-time position teaching English to primary students through the Chatteris Educational Foundation. Various students have been applying to MA programmes in Linguistics, Journalism and Marketing, and so far have been accepted to King's College London, Oxford and University College London. And those are just the ones we know about.

Our students' research has also been making waves. Three finalists had their dissertation research accepted for presentation at the Undergraduate Linguistics Association of Britain conference at York St John's University this past weekend. Katie Wadeson and Annie Dahne submitted poster presentations, while Rhys Sandow presented his work on onomasiological change in Cornwall and received the prize for the best presentation on Sunday. The next day, he was presenting his Junior Research Associate project at the British Council of Undergraduate Research conference in Winchester. He'd also had the opportunity to present that work at the Posters in Parliament event in February. Here he is at Westminster:

We're so proud of our students! Best of luck to all in finishing your dissertations and your other assessments.