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Professor Aditi Lahiri FBA has been awarded

- for the second time -

an advanced grant by the

European Research Council


The project is called:


What is it about? Basic words, and complex words derived from them, could share the same form, as in care and care-ful and rare and rar-ity do; but more often they don't, in English and elsewhere. Think of: serene - seren-ity, sane - san-ity, line - line-ear, wide - wid-th, midwife - midwifery, clean - clean-liness, flower - flor-al, etc.

We call these ' morpho-phonological alternations', and the project is investigating them across the world's languages, their typology, their history, and how difficult it is for speakers to remember and produce them, and for listeners to understand them.

We will be combining theoretical and historical linguistic analysis with neurolinguistic methods (brain imaging) and computational modelling, to answer fundamental questions such as:

▪ Why do morpho-phonological alternations exist in the first place and why are they so widespread, even though they could potentially impede language comprehension?

▪ How do they develop over the time-course of hundreds of years?

▪ How are they represented inside people's heads and how does the brain process them?

Two Linguistics nominations for the

OUCS 2016

"Most Acclaimed Lecturer" award

We are delighted to announce that two members of the Faculty of Linguistics were nominated this year for the OUCS 'Most Acclaimed Lecturer' award:

 Ms Charlotte Hemmings and Dr Louise Mycock.

Dr Mycock won the award in 2014, and this is no less than the third time that she has been nominated.

2016 Bursary Information

The PhilSoc Council has announced that this year's competition for Masters Bursaries is now open. It is intended to support individuals wishing to undertake study in linguistics/philology at Masters level in
the academic year 2016-2017. Bursaries of £4000 are available. The competition includes the Anna Morpurgo Davies Masters Bursary which would be given normally to someone working on Ancient Languages (also non-Indo-European ones). The application form, which contains details of terms and conditions, the application process, and deadlines, is now available on the website:


The Philological Society has launched the ninth R. H. Robins graduate student Prize for an article on a linguistic topic that falls within the area of the Society's interests as defined by present and past publications in the Transactions of the Philological Society (TPhS). For details, please see the Robins Prize page on the website:

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Linguistics Lecture List

Michaelmas Term 2016  

New list coming soon

Please note there may be additions and amendments throughout the term - some venues and times may be changed at fairly short notice.

For all Papers IV & V, Romance/Slavonic/Celtic Linguistics, Individual Languages & Oriental Studies Lectures or Computational Linguistics please refer to the relevant Institute:

MML Lecture List
Oriental Institute Lecture List
Computational Linguistics


Trinity Term 2016 

General Linguistic Seminar

Romance Linguistics Seminar 

Comparative Philology Seminar