Oxford Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics

LingO 2024

The Ship Street Centre, Jesus College, Oxford
19-20 June 2024

Key dates:

Abstract submission deadline: 31 Jan 2024
First batch of notification of acceptance: early March
Registration link opens and programme release: 1 Apr 2024
Registration deadline: 12 Jun 2024


Professor Daniel Altshuler

Daniel is an Associate Professor of Semantics in the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics at the University of Oxford, a Tutorial Fellow at Jesus College, and a Lecturer at Brasenose College. His primary research interests are in the areas of semantics and pragmatics. The theme of his research is context dependence, with the aim of better understanding how compositional semantics interacts with discourse structure and discourse coherence. His research also explores how literary discourse motivates extensions of dynamic-semantic frameworks.

Professor Kenny Smith

Kenny is the Director of the Centre for Language Evolution in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. He uses computational and experimental methods to study the evolution of language and the human capacity for language. He is particularly interested in how languages are shaped by their repeated learning and use, and how this cultural evolutionary process in turn shapes the cognitive capacities underpinning language learning.

Professor Kersti Börjars

Kersti is the Master of St Catherine’s College and a Professor of Linguistics. She is particularly interested in language change; why and how it happens. She has worked on Germanic languages, especially the Scandinavian ones, but she has also looked at change over time from a broader perspective. She is interested in how models of grammar can help us understand change, and in this respect, she works particularly within Lexical-Functional Grammar.

Professor Kerstin Hoge

Kerstin is an Associate Professor in German Linguistics and Fellow & Tutor in Linguistics at St Hilda's College. She teaches German and General Linguistics to students across the university. Her research interests lie in the field of syntax, with a particular focus on the structure and acquisition of interrogative sentences in the Germanic languages. A further area of interest is Yiddish in both its linguistic and literary aspects, and recent publications have addressed the construction of social and personal identity in Yiddish children’s literature. Her current work focuses on the cross-linguistic properties of causal interrogatives. She is the review editor of the Journal of Linguistics.

Robert Flick

Robert did his masters in German philology and Linguistics at Oxford. He consults and develops AI chat solutions for enterprise parties, such as the UK government, the British Army, BBC, M&S, and etc. His role is the head of linguistics and data. He manages these two departments and spends most of his time on innovation outside that.


We are delighted to release the LingO 2024 programme! If you are due to present and spot any mistakes, please send us an email.

Day 1 (Wednesday, June 19)
08:30 – 08:50 Registration
08:50 – 09:00 Conference Opening
09:00 – 10:00

Panel Discussion

Navigating Careers in Linguistics: Insights from Academia and Industry

Panellists: Professor Daniel Altshuler, Professor Kenny Smith, Professor Kersti Börjars, Professor Kerstin Hoge, Robert Flick

10:00 – 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 – 11:00

Núria Barrios Jurado (The University of Manchester)

Examining sentence-focus VS order in Romance: insights from Catalan and Spanish

11:00 – 11:30

Jake Shapter (University of Oxford)

Une couple d’affaires anglais ou whatever: a socioprosodic analysis of English-origin discourse markers in two varieties of Canadian French

11:30 – 12:00

Silvia Curti, Desirè Carioti, and Maria Teresa Guasti (University of Milano-Bicocca)

Assessing Italian monolingual adults' interpretation of telic-perfective sentences: an exploratory study

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch on your own
13:00 – 13:30

Chunan Li (University of Edinburgh)

The mechanism of diachronic development of non-constituent units in Chinese

13:30 – 14:00

Matyáš Foltýn (Masaryk University)

Strategies employed in the application of vowel harmony to loanwords

14:00 – 14:30

Kayla Keyue Chen1, Fan Xia2, Suiping Wang3, and Wing-Yee Chow1 (University College London1, Shanghai International

Studies University2, South China Normal University3)

Incremental prediction updating through consecutive cues: Evidence from ERPs

14:30 – 15:00

Mingli Zhou (University of Edinburgh)

Acoustic analysis of depressive speech

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 – 16:30 Poster Session I
16:30 – 17:30

Plenary Talk by Professor Kenny Smith (University of Edinburgh)

Title: The evolution of linguistic regularities and exceptions

19:00 – 21:00 Drinks Reception
Day 2 (Thursday, June 20)
9:30 – 10:00

Yutong Wang (University of Cambridge)

Rime merger and incomplete neutralisation: spectral and tonal evidence from Beijing retroflex suffixation

10:00 – 10:30

Elizabeth Tobyn (The University of Manchester)

Perfective auxiliary selection in Palermitano-Italian and Sienese-Italian bilinguals

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:30

Eun-Kyoung Lee1, Katherine Howitt1, and Colin Phillips1, 2 (University of Maryland1 and University of Oxford2)

Argument role sensitivity in adults’ and children’s real-time verb predictions

11:30 – 12:00

Liliia Bespala, Miriam Meyerhoff, and Charlotte Albury (University of Oxford)

Managing epistemics in talk on weight loss: a study of self-repair within clinical communication

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch on your own
13:00 – 13:30

Anne-Li Demonie (Masaryk University)

(Expletive) negation as syncretism: The case of Czech ne-

13:30 – 14:00

Nan Xiang, Yue Zou, and Hao Lin (Shanghai International Studies University)

The grammaticalization of the modals in Chinese Sign Language, a corpus-based research

14:00 – 14:30

Kshitij Jain (University of Oxford)

Language, Culture and Power: How Prakrit Played a Role in the Development of ‘Classical’ Sanskrit in Ancient India

14:30 – 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 – 16:00 Poster Session II
16:00 – 17:00

Plenary Talk by Professor Kersti Börjars (University of Oxford)

Title: When you have a mess to sort out, look to diachrony

Poster Session I (Wednesday, June 19)

Yiming Lu (University of California)

The time course of tonogenesis: a speech perception study

Zhuohan Chen (University of Oxford)

The impact of exposure to different English accents on child EFL (English as a Foreign Language) learners’ L2 learning

Arsen Bertlani1 and Ketevan Gigashvili2 (Teaching-Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Humanities1 and Jakob Gogebashvili Telavi State University2)

Situational vowel quantity in the Georgian language

Yanyun Wang, Yuanhui Li, and Shuwan Shan (Shanghai International Studies University)

Inventory of WH signs among Chinese Sign Language dialects, a typological approach

Kevin Samejon (Boston University)

Verifying national linguistic identity in post-colonial Englishes: Variation in the production of word-final /z/ in Philippine English

Yiling Huo and Wing Yee Chow (University College London)

Gap between comprehenders’ linguistic knowledge and their ability to generate predictions during real-time language comprehension: eye-tracking and acceptability evidence from Mandarin Chinese tone sandhi

Daniel Boucník (Masaryk University)

Unveiling the Morphosyntactic Processes in Czech Binary Gender Derivation: A Nanosyntactic Perspective

Nancy Stimson (University of Portsmouth)

Exploring impoliteness in Prime Minister’s Questions through the lens of the PMQ topic

Junchao Zhang and Guangyu Zhu (University of Wales Trinity Saint David)

Language attitudes among multilingual students: a case study of a Chinese Minzu university

Poster Session II (Thursday, June 20)

Stefano Castiglione1 and Martine Gallardo2 (University College London1 and University of Illinois Urbana Champaign2)

Diagnosing the structure of Italian absolute clauses

Jinning Zhang (University of Oxford)

Comparative re-analyses of the Manner predicate and Theme argument in non-selected resultative compounds in Mandarin

Jiayi Zhou (Utrecht University)

Incorporation, separability and headedness: separable verbal compounds in Mandarin Chinese

Bethany Ann Waldock (University of Kent)

Under-informativity in discourse: will speakers maintain the pact?

Erying Qin1, Richard Breheny1, and Chao Sun2 (University College London1 and Peking University2)

Take ‘a couple’: The pragmatics of a paucal quantifier

Zean Xu (University of Oxford)

Tracking the historical pragmatics of even

Aadel Shakkour (Al-Qasemi Academy)

Operations Iron Sword and Al-Aqsa Flood: Metaphors as rhetorical tools in Channel 12 and Al-Jazeera broadcasts

Chinazor Nwoda (SOAS University of London)

Politics of Language Choice: A Case Study of the National Institute for Nigerian Languages (NINLAN)

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The Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics at the University of Oxford will hold Oxford Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics (LingO) on 19-20 June 2024 at The Ship Street Centre, Jesus College, University of Oxford.

For the first time ever, LingO 2024 is excited to announce its expansion into a two-day conference. We warmly invite you to join us for two days packed with engaging talks and linguistic discussions!

Email lingo@ling-phil.ox.ac.uk for more info. Also see our Facebook, Instagram and X to keep up to date, get in touch with other conference attendees, and resolve any enquiries.

Registration link


There is a registration fee of £25 for non-Oxford members and £20 for Oxford members, which covers coffee breaks (lunch not included). Registration is required for attendees with a deadline of 12 June 2024. Registrations will be handled through the University of Oxford Store website. Please register via the link above. If you have any questions or inquiries, email us at lingo@ling-phil.ox.ac.uk

How to get there

The full address is: The Ship Street Centre, Jesus College, University of Oxford, Oxford, OX1 3DW. You can find us on Google Maps here. (The Ship Street Centre is located outside of the main site of Jesus College.)

By Train

Oxford station is on the Cross Country and West Coast lines, and is well served by Virgin, Cross Country, and First Great Western. To get to Jesus from the station, turn left out of the station forecourt, past the Said Business School and walk straight ahead along Hythe Bridge Street and George Street, turn right onto Cornmarket Street and turn left onto Ship Street; The SSC Lecture Theatre is on the left.

By Coach

Oxford Coach Station is situated close to Jesus, in Gloucester Green, off George Street; 5 minutes walk from Jesus. The Tube and X90 services to London and the Airline services to Heathrow and Gatwick also stop in the High Street, outside Queen’s College.

See jesus.ox.ac.uk/about-jesus-college/visit-us/access for more information.

Where to stay / Accommodation suggestions:

For accommodation, most colleges run a B&B. Oxford colleges are usually the best option for students for their affordable price and reliability. However, summertime is tricky to book as they also run summer school during that time. We can suggest a list of colleges near our venue. They usually show 'no availability', but we would suggest emailing them regardless since this is not always accurate. It might be worth mentioning that you will be attending a conference here when contacting them.

There are three hotels situated near Jesus College. We suggest you compare different booking websites as they have different prices.

There are other colleges and hotels closer to the train stations and city centre, such as the Royal Oxford Hotel. Additionally, here is an example search on booking.com.

Feel free to let us know if you have further queries.


We are grateful to the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics, Jesus College, Trinity College for their financial support for LingO 2024.