PPLS Ball & Ceilidh 2017


Are you looking to immerse yourself in a night of traditional Scottish dining, dancing, and socializing? Looking to get the most experience out of your enthralling time in Edinburgh? Then you should come to the black tie PPLS Ceilidh Ball!

The School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences is hosting a Ceilidh, which is organized Scottish dancing passed through the ages. This event is open to all students and non-students. The Ceilidh Ball will be Saturday 4th of March in the historic Hub right on the Royal Mile. The Hub is the closest venue to the Castle, quite literally on the doorstep inviting everyone’s eyes with its gothic architecture and stained glass windows.

You will be welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine or Scottish Malt upon arrival to be followed by a three-course meal including a taste of Scotland’s infamous treat: Haggis! There will also be half a bottle of wine per person during dinner, because it is Scotland.

You will be treated to a performance by our professional Highland Dancers in traditional attire who will later instruct and guide you to become a master ceilidh dancer! No previous experience necessary! You can then ceilidh your way through the evening and join us to a premier George Street night club!

So if dancing in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle tickles your fancy come along to this once in a lifetime night! Tickets are £60 for non members of a PPLS society and £55 for members. This is an experience you can remember for the rest of your life. Tickets can be found by clicking the link below and will be on sale until next Thursday 23rd of February. So grab your tickets while they’re still available!

The ceilidh will start at 9pm and doors will close at 10pm.


For more details and to buy tickets, check out the Facebook event page!

Wug Crawl: Part II

Come and join us for the first social of the semester – the wug crawl!

Join LangSoc for a great night on the town exploring some of the fun pubs Edinburgh has to offer! Everyone is welcome! We are meeting at Boteco (across from Bristo Square) at 8!



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Sounds and letters we don’t remember: The mystery of second language word recognition

Welcome to the first LangSoc lecture of the second semester! The lecture will be given by Edinburgh’s own Mits Ota. The lecture is titled “Sounds and letters we don’t remember: The mystery of second language word recognition” and the abstract can be found below.

“Remembering words in a foreign language can be a challenge when they contain sounds that don’t exist in your native language. Can we expect this problem to go away once you have mastered those new sounds? In this talk, I will draw on my own research to shed light on this question, and more broadly, on the issue of what happens in our mind when we learn, store and access the sound forms of second language words.”

Please note that this semester’s lectures are in LT1, not LT2 like last semester.

Doors at 18:00 for an 18:15 start.

Free entry for members, £2 for non-members.

Don’t forget, everyone is invited to join us at the pub after the lecture!



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FamiLing Cafe Tour

Are you new to Edinburgh, want to meet new people, or just like cafes? Come along to our Cafe Tour of Edinburgh!

Meet us outside Teviot at 11AM, we will be holding the FamiLing banner! We will then go for a walk around Edinburgh, stopping at some cafes on the way! Highlights will include: Elephant House, Elephants and Bagels and Black Medicine! We will also give a quick tour of the campus and a walk to the castle and Royal Mile to help any exchange students get their bearings.

This is a free event, but please bring along some money if you would like to buy any drinks or snacks.



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LangSoc Festive Meal!

Celebrate the end of term and take one last breath before exams! Enjoy a three course meal at the very festive 56 North (Pole!, hehe) and gather round a table with friendly faces before we venture off into 2017 and beyond! The 3 course holiday meal will cost £23 and the enjoyment will be free! IMPORTANT: In order to reserve your seat you MUST MESSAGE me, Charlotte Manning. Hope to everyone there along with some new faces! Happy Happy Holidays everyone!!

The meal will be on the 7th December at 7pm.

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Language change: diversity and directionality

For the last lecture of the semester (30th November) we will have a talk by Nik Gisborne. He will be talking about language change, with the following abstract:

Why are human languages so diverse when humans must all have the same cognitive structures, and the same communicative needs? Where does the diversity come from? And what do we make of the fact that language change often appears to be directional? How is it that we can see general trends in how languages change?

In this talk, I discuss some joint work I’m doing with Rob Truswell which sets out to explain why the Indo-European languages, and some other languages in the same geographical area, have relative pro-forms (such as the who in I dislike the man who stole the election), when these proforms are very rare cross-linguistically. Along the way, I’ll speculate wildly about language acquisition, language contact, and the sources of directionality in language change. The main claim will be that small changes in the lexical specifications of words can lead to apparently big diachronic processes.

Free entry for members, £2 for non-members.

Everyone is welcome to join us at the pub afterwards!

18:00 doors for an 18:15 start.



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LangSoc Karaoke Night!

Join LangSoc on the 23rd November to celebrate and unwind amid the fall assessment dreary! Congregating in front to Teviot at 20:30 with pre-drinks at Boteco’s welcome to all, starting at 19:30 for some liquid encouragement with half priced coctails! £5 cover fee for the night!

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