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  • Date and time: Sunday 9 June 2024, 4pm to 5pm
  • Location: In-person only
    Law and Sociology Building, Campus East, University of York (Map)
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Do you know how language works? We’re not talking about the grammar you’re taught in school. We’re talking about how language REALLY works - the things we know without anybody teaching us the rules.

Join us for a linguistic odyssey, a journey through five different perspectives on how we use language without even thinking about it. You may just discover something you didn’t know you already knew.

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About the speakers

Ben Gibb-Reid is a researcher whose work spans forensic phonetics, sociolinguistics and discourse-pragmatic variation. His thesis explores how the way we pronounce certain words vary (particularly 'like', yeah' and 'just').

Jamie Adams is a researcher in psycholinguistics and second language phonology. His research explores the effect of different Mandarin transcription systems (pinyin and zhuyin) on the acquisition of tone by native English speakers. 

Victoria Noble’s research interests are in the semantics and syntax. Her current project is looking at the meaning and structures of counting, numbers and plurals across languages, with a focus on English, Welsh, Arabic and Mandarin Chinese. 

Heather Turner works on sociolinguistics. Her research focuses on Baku, Azerbaijan and she considers how changes in politics and society relate to people’s linguistic choices and their opinions about languages. 

Rosario Neyra is a conversation analyst. Her research focuses on social interaction in non-traditional classrooms, and she explores how people construct their social identity through language and action.


Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible