Linguistics students Lara Clarke and Napsugar Tornyi have shared the prize for Best Practical Portfolio in the Final Honour School of Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics, together with Psychology and Philosophy students Anisa Lloyd and Jake Reid. Warm congratulations to all four, and very well done!
Professor Colin Phillips has been appointed Professor of Linguistics at the University of Oxford. He will take up this post on 1 January 2024. He will also be a Professorial Fellow at Somerville College.
In this article published in Journal of Pragmatics, Sandra Paoli and Hannah Davidson investigate three pragmatic markers of Mauritian Creole based on the verb dir‘say’: dizon, koumadir, and savedir. (Spoiler alert:) Sandra and Hannah guide readers through a forest of different uses of these items, with conclusions for their possible histories and grammaticalisation pathways.
The Faculty invites expressions of interest from postdoctoral and completing graduate scholars who wish to apply for the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme for entry in 2024 through Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics. The deadline is 31 July.
As we are only able to support a limited number of applicants, we will run an internal selection process in August to select our candidates. Below are details of this EOI process.
If you enjoyed Scott AnderBois’ Astor lectures on A’ingae and switch reference, the opportunity to find out more has arrived: see ‘The Forms and Functions of Switch Reference in A’ingae’, now published in Languages.
A speaker of Vlaški – a little-known and severely endangered Romance language – has created a prize to help preserve his mother tongue after his involvement in a language project run by the University of Oxford.
Libero Soldatić, 85, and his wife Daisy Soldatić have made a generous gift to establish The Anton Soldatić and Antonija Soldatić (née Skalir) Memorial Prize in memory of his parents.
The Faculty is delighted to congratulate Anna Paradís and Chenzi Xu on the award of Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships. Anna will investigate the syntax of partial control (seen for instance in ‘Sally wants to meet’, where the subject of ‘to meet’ is Sally and one or more other people…and so only partially Sally) in several underexplored Romance varieties, while Chenzi will investigate the language-internal history of tones across diverse tone languages, from tone creation all the way to tone loss.