Committee

The LangSoc committee works tirelessly around the clock. We do several things:

  • Arrange events for LangSoc
  • Give support to students who are in need of grammaticality judgements
  • Argue about the agreement markings in “the committee has/have agreed.”

Please feel free to contact us with any questions. For more technical aspects of the committee, consult the LangSoc Constitution.

The committee for 2015-2016 is as follows:

  • President: Michael Stone
  • Vice President: Amy Martin
  • Secretary: Emma Kouhi
  • Treasurer: James Michaelov
  • Talks Organisers: Catherine Arnett and Jennifer Strenger
  • Social Secretary: Charlotte Manning
  • Academic Support Officer: James Reid
  • Ordinary Members: Clarrie Baker – Adam Dahmer – Chris Harris
  • Foreign Correspondents: James Puchowski and Charlotte Stockton

Old Committees:

  • President: James Puchowski
  • Vice President: Michael Stone
  • Secretary: David Pickering
  • Treasurer: Max Dunn
  • Talk Organisers: Charlotte Stockton and David Pickering
  • Social Secretary: Marissa Field
  • First Year Representative: Amy Martin
  • Ordinary Members: Junyan Song – Emma Kouhi – Maria Dokovova – Zane Indane
  • Librarian: James Puchowski

  • President: Aara Cleghorn
  • Vice President: Christopher Lewin
  • Secretary: Andrea Blomqvist
  • Treasurer: Michael Stone
  • Talk Organsers: Debbie Cousins & Shyla Hossain
  • Social Secretary: James Puchowski
  • First Year Representatives: David Pickering
  • Librarian & Webmaster: Jamie Sutherland
  • Ordinary Members: Rosie Mears – Max Dunn
  • Foreign Correspondents: Amy Goodwin-Davies, Kajsa Djärv, Karoline von dem Berge, Richard Littauer, Laura Tomlinson

  • President: Alasdair MacLeod
  • Vice President: Aara Cleghorn
  • Secretary: Ryan Hamilton
  • Treasurer: Shyla Hossain
  • Talk Organisers: Jennifer Heyward & Lauren Tormey
  • Social Secretary: Jamie Sutherland
  • Librarian: Pippa Shoemark
  • Webmaster: Gina Bruckner
  • Ordinary Members: David Arnold, Amie Leigh Fairs, Samantha Goodrick, Christopher Lewin, Peter Owen
  • Foreign Correspondents: Gina Bruckner, Amy Goodwin-Davies, Kajsa Djärv, Karoline von dem Berge, Richard Littauer, Laura Tomlinson

  • President: Georgina Brown
  • Vice President: Amy Goodwin-Davies
  • Secretary: Gina Bruckner
  • Treasurer: Laura Tomlinson
  • Talk Organiser: Kajsa Djärv
  • Social Secretary: Claudia Norrgren
  • Librarian: Christopher Lewin
  • Academic Families Coordinator: Ryan Hamilton
  • Webmaster: Pippa Shoemark
  • Ordinary Members: Rosie Kay, David Arnold, Laura Aichroth
  • Foreign Correspondents: Sam Goodrick, Amie Fairs, Alice Ware, Elizabeth Anderson, Sonja Virta, Richard Littauer
  • LEL Class Representatives: Joe Dewhurst, Naomi Beecroft, Signe Jorgensen, Gina Bruckner

  • President: Kajsa Djärv
  • Secretaries: Lili Fullerton & Elizabeth Anderson
  • Treasurer: David Arnold
  • Talk Organisers: Kajsa Djärv & David Arnold
  • Social Secretary: George Brown
  • Librarian: Laura Tomlinson
  • Academic Families Coordinators: Elsbeth Helfer, J Rae, Laura Tomlinson
  • Webmaster: Richard Littauer
  • Ordinary Members: Sam Goodrick, Celia Dugua, Pippa Shoemark
  • Foreign Correspondent: Amy Goodwin-Davies
  • LEL Class Representatives: Helen Jones, Amanda Grimm, Richard Littauer

Current Committee Members:

President: Michael Stone (3rd Year Linguistics)

Michael is a third year Linguistics student from sunny Teesside. He is far too fickle and changeable to have long-term academic preferences, but went into the year enjoying morphology, phonology and historical linguistics. When not linguisticsing he reads books, sleeps excessively and learns increasingly niche languages, currently focussing on Yiddish. He welcomes questions about linguistics, the society, being tall and getting around the North of England by train. He cannot guarantee helpful answers.

Vice-President: Amy Martin (1st Year Linguistics)

Amy is LangSoc’s Vice President and is a first-year Linguistics student. She is particularly interested in psycholinguistics and learning about obscure languages. She is also learning Spanish and British Sign language and would love to become fluent in them. Outside of University, Amy loves travelling in the UK and abroad, especially around Spanish cities.

Secretary: Emma Kouhi (1st Year Linguistics)

Emma is a first-year Linguistics student from Finland, a fact she doesn’t quite know whether or not to be proud of. She is incredibly bad at making decisions and thus doesn’t know which part of linguistics she wants to study further, so she’ll probably end up studying all of the things, which may or may not work out. She loves answering questions about Finnish and fully admits that it really is quite a weird language.

Treasurer: James Michaelov (2nd Year Linguistics and Philosophy)

James is a second-year Philosophy and Linguistics student from London. He is particularly keen on semantics and phonology, but won’t turn down a good bit of historical linguistics (h?æt?). Interests include hillwalking, the saxophone, and not knowing how to write an informative description of himself (as evidenced here).

Talks Organiser:  Catherine Arnett (1st Year Chinese and Linguistics)

Catherine is a second year studying Chinese and Linguistics. She is freakishly obsessed with learning foreign languages and only stops studying to go to LangSoc events, to travel, and to sleep.

Talks Organiser: Jennifer Strenger (1st Year English Language and Literature)

Jennifer is a second year English Language (and Linguistics) and Literature student from New Jersey. (Before you ask, no, she doesn’t have the accent. It’s because she’s from the southern part. She is aware that’s kind of a letdown. She would apologize, but she won’t.) When doing linguistics, Jennifer likes pragmatics and semantics, because (1) “I mean, it’s pragmatics” and (2) “semantics is cool, yo.” When doing literature, Jennifer likes to argue with poets from the Norton Anthology of English Literature, much to the amusement of Emma and Catherine. If she is not doing either of those things, she is usually asleep.

Social Secretary:  Charlotte Manning (2nd Year English Literature and Language)

Charlotte Manning is a third year from Los Angeles, California doing English Literature and Language. She likes long walks on the beach and soul searching while listening to Simon & Garfunkel (Is there any other way?)

Academic Support Officer: James Reid (Masters student, Linguistics and English Language)

James R (MA (Hons), MScR) is a sixth-year Linguistics and English Language student who can’t quite manage to tear himself away from Edinburgh. He does research on the semantics-pragmatics interface below the level of the sentence, and will likely bug you at some point for an acceptability judgement (having ruined his own grammar with two years of introspective-based research). James’ responsibility within LangSoc is to oversee the revision sessions laid on by the society, and he’d really appreciate any feedback relating to these sessions.

Ordinary Member: Clarrie Baker (1st Year English Language)

Clarrie is a second year English Language student. She is particularly interested in psycholinguistics and language acquisition but is also partial to some historical linguistics. When not studying Clarrie “enjoys” going to the gym and indulging her ever growing obsession with cats

Ordinary Member: Adam Dahmer (MSc Celtic and Scottish Studies)

Adam Dahmer is a postgraduate student at the University of Edinburgh,  pursuing an MSc degree in Celtic and Scottish studies. He got a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Politics at the University of Louisville, and is currently studying Gaelic. His career ambition is to become an antiquarian. Today’s obsolete is tomorrow’s retro!

Ordinary Member: Chris Harris (1st year Linguistics and English Language)

Chris is a 1st year from sunny Dundee (anywhere is sunnier than Edinburgh) studying Linguistics and English Language. He is interested in language variation and change, historical linguistics and syntax. Even simple things how words in certain languages can be so similar to one another take his attention. When not wugging about you can find him fighting crime or on a hockey pitch.

Foreign Correspondent: James Puchowski (2nd Year Scandinavian Studies and Linguistics)

James Puchowski, our resident Englishman-in-denial, is a third year student of Scandinavian Studies and Linguistics and as Foreign Correspondent is currently exiled to taking a year abroad as an Erasmus student at the University of Oslo, Norway. When he’s not stressed, drinking wine or raving about the Eurovision Song Contest, he reads and researches into Scandinavian dialectology and language history and is a big fan of language planning and policy in Western Europe.

Foreign Correspondent: Charlotte Stockton (2nd Year French and Linguistics)

Charlotte is currently spending her third year abroad as an English assistant in a French-speaking country (unknown at time of writing). Although originally from Yorkshire, her accent will most likely be completely levelled by the time she returns. She’s especially interested in language acquisition and variation and will hopefully be keeping LangSoc updated about her travels with some funky blogs in her position as a Foreign Correspondent.


Interested in being on the LangSoc Committee?

If you are interested in representing the LEL student community, organising talks and events, putting on social nights out, designing posters and logos, getting to know staff better, having a great addition to your CV and, of course, putting in a little bit of hard work, then you should think about running for a committee position at the next LangSoc AGM.

Let us know if you would like to chat to us more about what goes on behind the scenes and helping out at events.
If you are an active (paid) member you may attend (and vote at) our AGM that takes place between weeks 7 and 11 of semester 2.
You may nominate yourself, or be nominated, for any of the committee positions above. New positions can be formed but only after a majority vote to create that position.

You may announce your nomination on the night, though it is recommended that you submit your nomination before-hand as this helps the scheduling of the AGM and allows you to stand if you can not attend the AGM.