Programme 2022/22

30-09-2021             Emiliana Cruz (Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS), Mexico City):

“Hiking to Document the Wisdom, Knowledge, and Memories of the Elders of San Juan Quiahije: An Interdisciplinary and Pedagogical Approach



20-10-2021            Ashwini Deo (Ohio State University):

“The emergence of split-oblique case systems: a view from the Bhili dialect continuum (Indo-Aryan)”



22-11-2021          Sali A. Tagliamonte (University of Toronto):

“Mining for linguistic gold: The Ontario Dialects Project”



21-02-2022           Tamsin Blaxter (University of Cambridge):

“What maps can tell us about grammar: enriching historical linguistics with evidence from geolinguistics and sociolinguistics”


21-03-2022             Deepthi Gopal (Uppsala Universitet):

“Diachrony → geography → typology → diachrony”


09-05-2022             Diego Pescarini (CNRS):

‘Negation marking in central Romance: reviving some late 19th and early 20th century data’

Programme 2020/21

05-10-2020             Mathieu Avanzi (Paris VII):

“Mapping dialectal variation”


19-10-2020             Artemis Alexiadou (HU Berlin):

“Linguistic changes in heritage grammars”


23-11-2020             George Walkden (U Konstanz):

“Can we predict future language changes?”


14-12-2020             Ailis Cournane (NYU):

Modal verbs in language development and language change


08-02-2021             Roberta D’Alessandro (U Utrecht):

“What microcontact tells us about language”


22-04-2021             Nino Grillo (York U):

“Local and Universal: On the interaction of universal parsing principles and grammatical variation.”


10-05-2021             Hae-Sung Jeon (U Central Lancashire):

‘Intonation: From Phonetics to Meaning’ 

Programme 2019/20

3 Oct 2019             Pritty Patel-Grosz (Oslo):

Explorations in the semantics of dance


7 Nov 2019            W. Tecumseh Fitch (Vienna):

The Evolution of the Neural Basis for Language: A Comparative Perspective


12 Dec 2019             Stefan Rabanus (Verona):

Possessive constructions in Cimbrian: contact-induced or autonomous morphosyntactic change?


2 Mar 2020        Ianthi M. Tsimpli (Cambridge):

Linguistic Complexity in Bilingual Children’s Grammars


30 Mar 2020         Chiara Gianollo (Bologna):

Simply not? How negation is strengthened in discourse, and which effects this may have over time


29 Apr 2020           Ingo Feldhausen (Frankfurt):

Focus, prosody, and word order: How new information is encoded in language and how one can investigate focus experimentally



Programme 2018/19

3 Oct 2018             Tjerk Hagemeijer (Lisbon):

The formation of the Gulf of Guinea creoles: between languages, genes, and history


23 Oct 2018             Gerardo Mazzaferro (Turin):

Researching (post)multilingualism: Translanguaging practices in an emergent superdiverse city, Turin (Italy) 


3 Dec 2018             Beáta Megyesi (Uppsala):

Decoding secret writings from the past – CANCELLED


25 Feb 2019          Daniel Gutzmann (Cologne):

I lost my damn watch! The grammar of expressive adjectives.– CANCELLED


14 Mar 2019          Peter Alexander Kerkhof (Leiden):

How bilingual Belgians reshaped the French language: Germanic-Romance language contact and Pippinid prestige


2 Apr 2019             Lutz Marten (SOAS London):

Universality and variation in language: Comparing East African Bantu languages in the context of the world’s linguistic diversity


15 May 2019            Marjo van Koppen (Utrecht):

Negation in the letters of P.C. Hooft: combining literary studies and linguistics



Programme 2017/18

26 Oct 2017             Roland Pfau (Amsterdam):

Sign Language Negation: From Gesture to Grammar


30 Nov 2017           Maria Garraffa (Heriot Watts, Edinburgh):

Mechanisms of language learning in children with developmental language disorder


4 Dec 2017              Beáta Megyesi (Uppsala):

Decoding secret writings from the past


19 Mar 2018            David Britain (Bern):

Discovering dialect with mobile phone apps


26 Apr 2018           Gea de Jong-Lendle (Marburg):

Forensic phonetics: Language identification from a foreign accent in German – Where does the kidnapper come from?


9 May 2018             Giuditta Caliendo (Lille):

Legitimacy and Identity in the Time of Crisis: a discursive perspective on European integration

Programme 2016/17

18-10-2016     Birgit A. Rasmussen (Copenhagen):

Tracing the Indo-Europeans – their language and culture


07-11-2016    Tamara Rathcke (Kent):

On the power of rhythm in language and music


14-12-2016    Francis Nolan (Cambridge):

Intonation analysis: the ‘British’ school and the emergence of a phonology of intonation


23-03-2017     Ielka van der Sluis (Groningen):

The use and effectiveness of multimodal instructions


27-04-2017     James Clackson (Cambridge):

Ancient Etruscan – deciphering an unknown language


08-05-2017     Rob Truswell (Edinburgh):

Bonobos, children, and fear of trees


Programme 2015/16

08-10-2015     Andrew Nevins (University College London):

Tooth and Throat Singing: Mondegreens and the Decoding of Sound Structure


26-10-2015    Caroline Heycock (University of Edinburgh):

Linguistic change in the North Atlantic: Investigating modern Faroese


07-12-2015     Marc van Oostendorp (Universiteit Leiden):

Frans klinkt als een machinegeweer, Nederlands als morsecode


09-03-2016     Klaus Abels (University College London):

What word order typology reveals about universal cognitive biases


25-04-2015     Ioanna Sitaridou (University of Cambridge):

Continuity, Contact and Change: The Greek varieties (Romeyka) in Turkey today


03-05-2016     Antonella Sorace (University of Edinburgh):

Bilingualism across the lifespan: language and general cognition