Monthly Archives: March 2017

Modern Languages and Linguistics to host GASLA 14 conference

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The Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) in Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton will be hosting the 14th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition conference (GASLA 14) on 7-9 April 2017.

The conference provides a forum for discussion of recent, high quality research on second language acquisition, bilingual and multilingual acquisition, psycholinguistics and neurocognition. GASLA brings together researchers working on the nature, use, and development of interlanguage in all contexts of bilingual and multilingual acquisition. GASLA 14 will include, in addition to the main session, a special session on the linguistic input and its interaction with representation and processing.

Find out more on the conference website.

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Modern Languages and Linguistics to host workshop on eye tracking in linguistics

eye tracking

Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton is hosting an all-day workshop on Tuesday 28th March 2017 from 10:30 – 17:00 in Room 2129, Building 65, Avenue Campus, focusing on the use eye tracking in linguistics with particular emphasis on its use in sociolinguistics. The workshop will be run by Dr Duncan Robertson from the University of York and is open to University of Southampton staff and students, linguists and non-linguists.

This hands-on workshop aims to provide an introduction to eye tracking for sociolinguistic perception studies. This will include:
– an introductory presentation on Visual World eye tracking experiments;
– a tutorial detailing how to build an eye tracking experiment in Open Sesame (Python-based experiment building software);
– a tutorial on analysing eye tracking data using the ‘eyetrackingR’ package for R

All software used is open source and available for download on the following links:
http://osdoc.cogsci.nl/3.1/
https://www.r-project.org/
http://www.eyetracking-r.com/#installation

The workshop is free but spaces may be limited. If you would like to attend the workshop, please register using this form.

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Next TNS seminar: “Family stories: the relationship between narrator and listener”

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The next Centre for Transnational Studies (TNS) seminar will take place on Wednesday 22nd March 2017 from 5:00-6:30pm, in Building 65, Room 1177, and is entitled “Family stories: the relationship between narrator and listener”. The seminar will be presented by Jenny Cuffe and Henrietta Nleya. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:

‘I believe that there is no more real or more realistic way of exploring communication in general than by focussing on the simultaneously practical and theoretical problems that emerge from the particular interaction between the investigator and the person being questioned.’ P. Bourdieu ‘The Weight of the World: Social Suffering in Contemporary Society’ (1999, p.607)

The sociologist Pierre Bourdieu reminds us that, although the research relationship is different from other exchanges in everyday life because its objective is pure knowledge, it remains nevertheless a social relationship.

I have invited Henrietta Nleya, a key participant in my doctoral research on the impact of Zimbabwe’s migrant families, to have a conversation with me about our ‘particular interaction’ and the relationship we built.

The nature of transnational family research means that I relied on Henrietta not only to tell me her own life story, but also to introduce me to relatives living in Zimbabwe and South Africa. This presented us both with practical and ethical challenges for, although together in Southampton we had time to establish a shared history and ties of trust, I arrived at the homes of her parents and siblings as a prying stranger. And although I guaranteed anonymity in my thesis, I was conscious that family members would have no difficulty recognising each other – with the potential for hurt feelings and even resentment.

This conversation will be the start of an open discussion on relationship-building in the research process, in which you are invited to present questions and problems that have arisen in your own research.

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Italian film showing today: La pazza gioia / Like Crazy (Paolo Virzì, 2016)

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The Italian film, La pazza gioia / Like Crazy (Paolo Virzì, 2016) (111 minutes, English subtitles) will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6.30pm on Monday 20th March 2017. Review, introduction and discussion by Leonardo Provvedi. All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube. This is the last film of the season, so the discussion will take place over nibbles and drinks. You can bring some finger food or something to drink, but it is not a must because there is always plenty to go round. Read more…

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Next CLLEAR seminar: “Reflexive language and ethnic minority activism in Hong Kong: A linguistic anthropological approach”

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The next Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) seminar will take place on Wednesday 15th March 2017 from 4:00-5:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled “Reflexive language and ethnic minority activism in Hong Kong: A linguistic anthropological approach” and will be delivered by Miguel Pérez-Milans, Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics from the Department of Culture, Communication and Media, UCL Institute of Education, University College London. All welcome! Read more…

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Modern Languages and Linguistics seminar – “Jasmine Letters: a tram journey through the linguistic landscapes of post-colonial Tunis”

Modern Languages and Linguistics is hosting a seminar on Wednesday 15th March from 16:00-17:00 in Room 1097, Building 65, Avenue Campus, entitled “Jasmine Letters: a tram journey through the linguistic landscapes of post-colonial Tunis.” The seminar will be presented by Dr Bharain Mac an Bhreithiún from Middlesex University. All welcome for the seminar and discussion!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
Join Bharain Mac an Bhreithiún (Middlesex University London) on a dérive through the atmospheric streets of Tunis. Together we will negotiate our way through the forest of signs that make up the linguistic landscape of the city. The façades of both the colonial ville nouvelle and the Kasbah are resplendent with public lettering and typography in French, Arabic and other languages, a linguistic landscape that reveals much about the multilayered processes of identity construction and the politics of language in post-colonial Tunisia. As we travel by tram, light railway and wander the backstreets on foot, we will have the chance to think about aspects of the city’s history, Tunis’s contribution to post-colonial thought and the troubling questions that arise when a European takes it upon himself to interpret the visual culture of a North African cityscape.

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Next TNS seminar: ‘Sold Out? US Foreign Policy, Iraq, the Kurds, and the Cold War’

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The next Centre for Transnational Studies (TNS) seminar (co-hosted by the Centre for Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies (CIPCS)) will take place on Tuesday 14th March 2017 at 5pm, in Room 1163, Building 65, Avenue Campus. At the seminar, Dr Bryan Gibson from John Hopkins University will discuss his new book ‘Sold Out? US Foreign Policy, Iraq, the Kurds, and the Cold War’. All welcome!

For further information, please see the event page on the University of Southampton Humanities website.

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Italian film showing today: Smetto quando voglio / I Can Quit Whenever I Want (Sidney Sibilia, 2014)

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The Italian film, Smetto quando voglio / I Can Quit Whenever I Want (Sidney Sibilia, 2014) (95 minutes, English subtitles) will be showing in Lecture Theatre B, Avenue Campus, at 6.30pm on Monday 13th March 2017. Review, introduction and discussion via Skype by Dr Emilio Audissino (Postgraduate Research Student in Film at the University of Southampton). All welcome! The trailer for this film can be viewed on YouTube. Read more…

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Get Ready for Southampton 2017 launches!

Get Ready for Southampton

The eLanguages team in Modern Languages have launched the 2017 edition of the free online course Get Ready for Southampton. This course aims to show what life and study is like for international students at the University of Southampton, and provides an opportunity for students to network prior to arrival. This is the seventh summer that this course has been run, and so far it has been used by over 12000 prospective international students, and over 300 students have already signed up to this year’s edition.

The course is free to all international students who are coming to Southampton or just interested in a course of study with us. If you are an international student and would like to take the course, find out more on the Get Ready for Southampton website.

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Modern Languages to host The Spanish in Society 2017 conference

SIS2017

Modern Languages at the University of Southampton will be hosting The Spanish in Society 2017 conference from Thursday 30 March to Saturday 1 April 2017 at the Avenue Campus. The conference will feature papers, panel discussions and a round table symposia. The conference theme is “Language Ideologies in the Spanish-speaking world context”.

For further details about the conference including the programme, details of keynote speakers and information on how to book your place, visit the conference website.

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