The 10th Newcastle upon Tyne Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics was held in the Armstrong Building at Newcastle University on Friday 20th March, 2015.
Over 75 delegates, including students from the UK and abroad and staff from Newcastle and Northumbria students attended the conference. A total of 28 oral presentations and 6 poster presentations were given by PhD and master's students studying in the UK, the Czech Republic, Egypt and China. These presentations were selected from 65 abstract submissions, following double-blind review by academic staff at Northumbria, Durham and Newcastle Universities. Presenters have been invited to submit papers to the Newcastle and Northumbria Working Papers in Linguistics.
As well as enjoying the students' presentations, delegates were inspired by the three plenary talks. Dr. Geoffrey Poole from Newcastle University opened the conference with a paper entitled: 'The Syntacticization of Discourse in the History of Spanish’. Dr. Jeannette Littlemore from the University of Birmingham gave a paper called ‘The creative uses of metaphor and metonymy in cross-cultural communication’. In the final plenary session, Prof. Janet Watson from the University of Leeds gave a paper on ‘The documentation of Modern South Arabian languages’. The day finished with further informal discussions at a dinner at Northern Stage restaurant.
The conference was made possible with generous support from Northumbria University (Graduate School), Newcastle University (School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics) and the Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences. The conference was organized by a team of PhD students from Northumbria and Newcastle University: Abdel Rahman Altakhaineh, Judith Taylor, Monthon Kanokpermpoon, Yang Du, Oak Impithuksa, Yuwaree Tongvivat, Maha Jasim, Rebecca Musa, Xiangjie Cao and Sondos Ibrahim. The committee wish to extend particular thanks to Dr. Rachelle Vessey and Ms. Sheila Heppel for their assistance in the run up to the conference.
On the day of the conference, a team of energetic volunteers helped to ensure the smooth running of the day. The organisation process was an invaluable development opportunity for committee members, and strengthened their team-working, problem-solving and event management skills. Students interested in organizing next year’s conference are strongly encouraged to do so; it offers the chance to contribute to an exciting and important event, develop skills and meet other linguistics students.
Sondos Ibrahim and Abdel Rahman Altakhaineh
On behalf of the Organising Committee
View details of past Postgraduate Conferences in Linguistics.