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North East Language and Linguistics Research Away Day

The NELLi Research Away Day in May 2017 covered various aspects of linguistics and included talks by guest speakers Dr Enoch Aboh (University of Amsterdam) and Dr Steve Bloch (UCL).

Monday 22nd May, 9.30 – 16.00

Room 2.22, Research Beehive, Newcastle University

We were delighted to have Dr Enoch Aboh (University of Amsterdam) and Dr Steve Bloch (UCL) as external speakers at our Research Away Day. Abstracts of their talk were as follows:

'The Multilingual Mind': Enoch Aboh 

In this talk, I argue that acquisition occurs during contact of idiolects in which children are exposed to competing alternatives in the inputs. Based on such inputs, children learn to master multiple ‘registers’ allowing communication within their community. My working hypothesis is that learning in such a multiple-varieties ecology results from a basic cognitive process: recombination, which enables human learners to merge linguistic features selected from the inputs into new variants.

'Everyday practice and severe speech problems': Steve Bloch

This presentation focuses on motor speech disorders (dysarthria) experienced by people with degenerative neurological conditions such as motor-neurone disease (MND) and Parkinson’s disease. Applying methods of Conversation Analysis (CA) we will consider how unintelligibility impacts on the joint accomplishment of everyday actions such as topic shifting and teasing.
Programme: NELLi Research Away Day 2017
Images of Enoch Aboh and Steve Bloch

published on: 19 April 2017