19th Postgraduate Linguistics Conference 2010, University of Manchester
19th International Postgraduate Linguistics Conference


Language Variation and Change

University of Manchester and University of Salford (UK)

16th - 17th September 2010

Roscoe Building (map)

We gratefully acknowledge the support from the LAGB, the SLLC, the ILLS and the School of Languages (University of Salford)

Keynote Speakers

Dr Oliver Bond (School of Oriental and African Studies):

Variation in negation systems: A multidimensional-scaling approach

Professor David Denison (University of Manchester):

The noun-adjective boundary: Recent change and category theory

Dr Paul Rowlett (University of Salford):

Syntactic variation in French: diglossia and language change

In March 1992 the Department of Linguistics at the University of Manchester hosted its first Postgraduate Conference. Since then this annual event has grown, and for the first time representatives from both the University of Manchester and the University of Salford will co-organise the event.

The aim of the Conference is to bring together international postgraduates from within the various areas of Linguistics and to allow them to present papers to their peers. It is hoped that the day will be rewarding for all in attendance, both in learning and establishing new contacts. The theme of this year's conference is Language Variation and Change, which embodies numerous research areas and emphasises the value of both synchronic and diachronic studies.


The conference programme and abstracts can be downloaded here.

The registration fee of GBP 30.00 includes attendance of the conference as well as lunch, coffee and refreshments during both days of the conference and a wine reception on day 2. There is also the option to register and pay for the conference dinner which will take place at The Petra and costs GBP 18.00.

Register online now.


We are pleased to announce that a workshop entitled An Introduction to Publishing in Academic Journals: History, Best Practice and Quality Measurement will be part of PLC 19 in Manchester in September 2010.

Workshop abstract

In this workshop, the Publisher for Elsevier's linguistics portfolio will host a session covering: the origins, features and functions of scholarly publishing; best practice on how to get published in an academic journal; the mechanisms, dos and don'ts of peer review; and why and how journal quality can be measured. This will be an open and informative session, aimed at those looking to publish their first paper and/or who are interested in the world of scholarly publishing and how it works. If you like to register questions in advance, please email the organiser of the workshop Christopher Tancock.

There will also be a viewing of the renowned film 'The Linguists'. A synopsis is available here, further information can be found here. The viewing is followed by a discussion panel.


Presentations will be allocated 30 minutes (20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes for questions).


Suggestions for accommodation can be found here.

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Should you have any queries relating to the conference, please contact Dorothea Hoffmann.

Last Update: 14th September, 2010