Linguistics at Newcastle

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North East Language and Linguistics (NELLi) Research Away Day 2017

The NELLi Research Away Day held 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).

Date/Time: 22nd May 2017 09:30-16:00

Venue: Room 2.22 Research Beehive

We were delighted to have  Enoch Aboh and Steve Bloch as external speakers. Abstracts of their talks are given below.

The Multilingual Mind: Dr 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: Dr 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.

Images of Enoch Aboh and Steve Bloch