Department of Linguistics

Modern & Medieval Languages

Department of Linguistics

Events and news

An annual Newsletter is produced (since 2005) for Alumni of the Department which includes news about the Department as well as news of former students. Please contact the Department if you are a former student and would like to receive this.

2010 Alumni Newsletter (with images).

2010 Alumni Newsletter (without images).

July 2011

Congratulations to George Walkden, PhD student in the Department of Linguistics, on being joint winner of this year's Wallenberg Prize for Scandinavian studies.

Congratulations also to Dr David Willis, who has been awarded a one-year Mid-Career Fellowship by the British Academy for his work on syntactic variation and change in Welsh. The fellowship will be used to conduct fieldwork on dialect maintenance, revitalisation and language contact in the syntax of southern Welsh dialects, as part of ongoing collaboration with Professor Maggie Tallerman (Newcastle) and Professor Bob Borsley (Essex) on the Syntactic Atlas of Welsh Dialects project.

Dr David Willis will be giving a talk at the Alumni Weekend on Saturday 24 September 2011 on 'The Linguistics of Language Revitalisation in Wales'.

Elliott Lash

Congratulations to Elliott Lash, Linguistics PhD student, who has been awarded a postdoctoral scholarship at the School of Celtic Studies of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies from April 2011 to work on a parsed historical corpus of Irish texts.

Rethinking Comparative Syntax - ERC Advanced Grant

Congratulations to Professor Ian Roberts of the Linguistics Department who has been awarded a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant. The 2.5 million euro grant will fund a 5-year project, "Rethinking Comparative Syntax", which will employ 3 postdoctoral researchers (led by Dr Theresa Biberauer) and 5 PhD students and, additionally, bring Professor Anders Holmberg (Newcastle University School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics) to Cambridge in a part-time capacity as an affiliated consultant. This grant will enable Cambridge to cement its reputation as one of the world's leading centres in generative linguistics.


Following a short hiatus of a few years, we are pleased to announce that the Sixth Cambridge Postgraduate Conference in Language Research (CamLing2010), organised by graduate students of the University under the auspices of CILR, will be going ahead with what promises to be an exciting and memorable event on 7 and 8 December 2010. Continuing an established tradition, this year's conference has attracted the submission of a number of outstanding papers from leading universities in the UK and abroad.

The Organising Committee is particularly delighted to welcome Dr Philip Durkin of the Oxford English Dictionary and Dr Napoleon Katsos of the Research Centre for English and Applied Linguistics of the University of Cambridge as this year's plenary speakers.

For the first time in the history of the conference and keeping up with the latest developments in academic research, CamLing2010 will feature a workshop themed 'Linguistics matters!'. The workshop will include two invited talks by Professor Peter Patrick and Professor Dick Hudson who will showcase a range of possibilities for the active involvement of graduate students in Linguistics in public engagement.

Please visit the conference website for more information on the conference program, registration, dinner and other relevant updates.

Research Clusters

The Department of Linguistics is pleased to announce that websites for three of our research clusters have just gone live. These websites will be a useful source of information about members of the clusters and upcoming events. Please see:

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