Next Lecture | Professor April McMahon

Wednesday 09 March | 18:00 | Appleton Tower 2 | Free for members, £1 otherwise

Language Variation and Language Change: The Same or Different?

April McMahon

Forbes Professor of English Language
LEL, Edinburgh

April McMahon has held many senior posts within the department, school and college. In 2005 she joined Edinburgh as Forbes Professor of English Language and from 2005-06 was head of the (then new) department of Linguistics and English Language. From 2006-08 she was Head of the School of PPLS. In 2008 she became Vice Principal and Head of the College of Humanities and Social Science; and in 2009 she took up her current role as Vice Principal for Planning, Resources and Research Policy.

She will sadly be leaving Edinburgh in July to take up a new role as Vice-Chancellor if Aberystwyth University in Wales.

April is perhaps best know to students for her 1994 book, ‘Understanding Language Change’ and also wrote ‘An Introduction to English Phonology in 2001. These publications reflect her primary areas of research and teaching, being phonology and historical linguistics (but she has focused more on the latter in previous years).

She will be drawing from the above academic experiences in this talk.

Due to her roles within the college and university she does not get to teach as much as she, or LEL students would like! Therefore tonight is a great opportunity to see her speak before she departs for her new post in Aberystwyth.

For more information on Professor McMahon see here.

Entry is £1 and FREE to active members. Membership has been reduced to £2 for the remainder of the year and you can join on the night.

The talk will start at 6:00 p.m. and last about 1 hr. There will be a Q&A/ discussion session at 7:00 p.m. which should last about half an hour.

We also meet at Assembly Bar (41 Lothian Street EH1 1HB ) after the talk at 8:00 p.m. for food and drink with the speaker.

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