Inaugural postgraduate conference in linguistics

Inaugural postgraduate conference in linguistics

On 4 and 5 February 2014, the Centre of Linguistic Research at the University of Sheffield held the inaugural Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics at the Humanities Research Institute.

The conference provided postgraduates and early-career researchers with a valuable opportunity to present their work in a friendly and professional environment, and establish important academic connections with peers from across the world.

The plenary speakers, Professor Neil Bermel and Professor Susan Fitzmaurice of the University of Sheffield, and Dr Dominic Watt of the University of York, delivered talks on topics in sociolinguistics, language variation and forensic linguistics.

Accepted papers and posters were presented on themes ranging from applied linguistics, second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, comparative linguistics and corpus linguistics, to name just a few.

Linguistic workshops also helped the postgraduates gain an insight into research methods, publishing and public engagement with research. Selected papers will be published in a special issue of Track Changes, the postgraduate journal of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

The student team behind the Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics included Hannah Leach, Suk May Low, Ayumi Nonomiya and Chen Zhang of the School of English; Sarah Gelcich of the School of English and School of Medicine; Dario Lecic of the School of Languages and Cultures; and Helen Geyer, Cognitive Studies. The team was coordinated by Dr Chryso Hadjidemetriou from the School of English and Centre for Linguistic Research.

About the Centre for Linguistic Research

The Centre for Linguistic Research is a research forum for linguists in the School of English and the School of Languages and Cultures. Its three-fold mission is to bring together linguistics researchers across the Faculty; to encourage and support external bids for cross-linguistic and interdisciplinary research projects; and to develop joint initiatives for postgraduate research and training in linguistics in all of our constituent departments. It also aims to foster and develop links between the Centre and other research groups across the university with core interests in related areas of theoretical and applied linguistics.