PPLS Ball Fundraising PubQuiz!

Come along on the 9th November and have some fun while helping raise money for the much anticipated PPLS Ball 2017! All societies are welcome to take the challenge and become the best quiz team from PPLS! Questions will consist of general knowledge, music, and the most basic PPLS courses! All proceeds go towards the PPLS Ball 2017! Quiz starts at 8pm sharp in the upstairs section of the Golf Tavern, £2 per person. So bring along a few mates and see some friendly faces from your school!

 

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T-to-R in Northern English

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For November’s first lecture (on the 2nd), Patrick Honeybone is going to tell us about T-to-R in Northern English.

Abstract:

One widely accepted approach in phonology argues that phonological phenomena fundamentally come in two flavours. The most influential implementation of this idea distinguishes between ‘lexical’ and ‘postlexical’ processes, deriving the difference from the structure of the linguistic grammar. The two types of processes are expected to have different properties: lexical processes cannot occur across word-boundaries because the elements in which they apply (‘words’) have not yet been organised into phrases, and postlexical processes cannot refer to individual words because the units in which they apply (‘phrases’) exist at a point in the grammar at which the identity of individual words is unrecoverable.

The distinction between lexical and postlexical phenomena is called into question by the existence of what Wells (1982) calls ‘T-to-R’. This is a phenomenon (found across the north of England) in which there is phonological variation of the following kind: if a vowel follows the segment in question, the form features a variety’s normal realisation of /r/; elsewhere, the forms feature the variety’s normal realisation for /t/. This means that ‘I got one book’ would have a [t] in ‘got’, because a /w/ follows, while ‘I got a book’ could have a rhotic. The surprising thing about T-to-R is that, while it occurs across word boundaries (as in the last example) and so shows a fundamental characteristic of postlexical phonology, it is also lexically specific, which is a fundamental characteristic of lexical phonology: for example, a rhotic is possible in ‘not again’, but not in ‘knot again’. T-to-R thus seem to mix properties of the two types of phonological processes: it is neither one type or the other, and thus seems to be impossible (if the lexical/postlexical distinction is correct).

In this talk I will show that T-to-R is not impossible, after all. (Which is rather handy as it certainly exists….) The explanation requires us to consider the kinds of phonological changes that have occurred in the relevant dialects, and the status of underlying forms.

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 Skittles Social

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Ever wanted to play skittles (an even cooler version of bowling) in a 600 year old Scottish pub? Well THIS IS YOUR CHANCE! And you can even wear a Halloween costume! (Extra bonus points for Linguistics related costumes) We will be meeting outside Pollock Halls main reception (by the taxis) at 6:30 to walk there as a group! Cover charge: £5.

There is another opportunity for a pub quiz and The Sheep Heid Inn has one of the best weekly quizzes in Edinburgh! Quiz starts at 9.

 

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Postgrad Lecture Night

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Welcome to LangSoc’s annual Postgrad Lecture night! On 19 October we will be joined by various speakers on the world of postgraduate studies in linguistics, from current students to PPLS Careers Consultant Janet Fosyth and Mits Ota, Programme Director for one of Edinburgh’s many MSc Linguistics programmes.

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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Hoodies!

This year LangSoc will be offering hoodies and t-shirts in seven different models, in addition to canvas bags and mugs! The designs from previous years are available here, and you can also order a hoodie or t-shirt with this year’s winning design:

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Also available this year is the design from the committee t-shirts:

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The deadline for ordering is 25 October.

The various models on offer are

College Hoodie — £17
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JH001

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Zipped Hoodie — £20
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JH050

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Girlie Zipped Hoodie — £20
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JH055

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Crewneck Sweatshirt — £15
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crewneck

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Varsity Jacket — £20
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JH043

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Unisex T-Shirt — £9
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GD05

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Ladies V-Neck T-Shirt — £9
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GD78

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Canvas Tote Bag — £7
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Mugs — £6
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EGM Results

Elections

The people have spoken!

Another year, another EGM. Here are the results:

 

Firstly, we welcome three new members to the committee: our new first-year representative, Brandon Papineau; and our two new ordinary members, Alex Hersey and Griffith Tai.

We also passed one constitutional amendment: Clause 3(k) of the constitution no longer applies to ordinary members.

LangSoc EGM

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Are you interested in being on the LangSoc committee? Come along to our EGM and run for one of our three available positions! We’re electing a First Year Rep, a Postgrad Rep, and an Ordinary Member, or, failing the presence of a willing postgrad, two Ordinary Members.

You don’t need any experience to join the committee, all you need is enthusiasm! First Year and Postgrad Reps are responsible for communicating about LangSoc to their respective groups, such as advertising our events and, in the case of the First Year Rep, our peer support program FamiLing. Ordinary Members have no specific role, but instead help out wherever needed.

If you want to run for any of these positions, you can email us here, or just show up on the day and nominate yourself!

This EGM will also vote on a change to the constitution.

BYOP – bring your own pen

 

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Towards a historical sociology of language

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This week’s lecture talk will be given by Robert McColl Millar of the University of Aberdeen, and will be about the historical sociology of language. His abstract is as follows:

Macrosociolinguistics, or the Sociology of Language, represents the study of the ways in which culture, politics and economics interrelate with the use of language. Inevitably, the discipline needs a diachronic perspective to understand the synchronic environment. The former is very much ancillary to the latter, however. But what happens if we consider the fluid and progressive nature of the developing linguistic use of societies across time. This presentation considers these forces at work both in an era which is relatively well understood – 19th century Europe – and in another – early medieval Europe – which is generally unknown beyond the work of specific scholars. It will illustrate the comparative features which demonstrate both change and continuity in the social use of language.

Everyone is welcome to join us at the pub afterwards!

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

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

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