What did LangSoc get up to this year?

Now that the academic year is coming to an end, it’s time to look back on everything we did this year. We’ve had a great year — we hope you did too!

This year, we had a lot of great lectures from Edinburgh and from further afield. In case you missed them, here’s a quick recap:

23/09/15: Gaelic in Scotland: Current Issues and Controversies, by Wilson MacLeod and Rob Dunbar

07/10/15: Baby-Talk Words: Why we have words like ‘tummy’ and ‘choo-choo’, by Mits Ota

21/10/15: Near-relative linguistic contact – contrastive evidence from the history of English, by Robert McColl Millar (University of Aberdeen)

04/11/15: Secondary Linguistic Personality and associative effects in vocabulary mapping of L3, by Ekaterina Matveeva

18/11/15: Postgrad Mini Lecture Night, by Maki Kubota, Laura Arnold, James Reid, and Xin Chen

20/11/15: Reasoning with numbers in language, by Chris Cummins

02/12/15: The range of the possible in tone, by Bert Remijsen

13/01/16: Language and ideology in the sixteenth century: religion, politics, and spelling reform, by Jeremy Smith (University of Glasgow)

27/01/16: Pragmatic and linguistic effects on plural reference: a visual world study, by Eytan Zweig (University of York)

10/02/16: Re-inventing spelling in Middle English (Rhona Alcorn)

24/02/16: Simplicity versus evidence in phonological  change (Josef Fruehwald)

23/03/16: Tartan, haggis, and accents: the value of Scottish English to Scotland’s tourism economy (Lauren Hall-Lew)

We hope you enjoyed these lectures and learned something along the way!

In addition to lectures, we’ve also organised regular biweekly socials as well as the odd book sale this year. Here’s what you missed if we didn’t see you there:

30/09/15: Wug Crawl

14/10/15: Games Night

28/10/15: Halloween Craft Night

11/11/15: Karaoke

25/11/15: Quiz Night

02/12/15: Book Sale

20/01/16: ConLang Screening

03/02/16: Karaoke

04/02/16: Language Teaching Taster: Mystery and Methodology

02/03/16: Bowling

04/03/16: Book Sale

16/03/16: Wug Crawl

Thanks to everyone who came to our events, and we hope to see all of you next year! If you’re still craving more LangSoc, don’t worry — we’ve still got a few tricks up our sleeves:

30/03/16: Murder Mystery

21/04/16: Language Teaching Taster 2.0

27/04-29/04: Revision Sessions

11/05/16: DAVID CRYSTAL Guest Lecture

Hope to see you there, and if not, we’ll see you next year!

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