Note: This post was updated on the 21st of July as we had a change to the programme.

We’re looking forward to co-hosting Toon Taaks on the 27th of July. It’s a free online linguistics conference organised by students and staff at Northumbria and Newcastle universities which is aimed at advanced undergraduate and postgraduate linguistics students.

This is a smaller event than the usual annual conference which had to be postponed last year.

The event is on Tuesday the 27th of July, running from 9am to 3.15pm UK time.

The event is free but you need to register (and indicate any accessibility or other requirements) here:

Toon Taaks eventbrite registration page

We’ll send link(s) to join nearer the time to everybody who’s registered.

There will be five peer-reviewed talks by postgraduate students in the morning session and a keynote in the afternoon at 2-3.15pm.

The keynote speaker is Amanda Owen van Horne (University of Delaware) and her topic is:

“Exemplar Theory or Variability? The role of the verb and verb bias in the treatment of children with Developmental Language Disorder”

Here is a list of the presentations that will be delivered during the morning:

9:30 am: Using interlingual homophones to explore Chinese-English bilingual lexical activation. (Siyu Chen, Greenwich University UK, Laurence White, Newcastle University UK, María Arche, Greenwich University UK, Claire Monks, Greenwich University UK)

10:00 am: To be or not to be bilingual? That is the question. (Esther Mediero, Greenwich University UK)

10:30 am: The roles of familiarity and intelligibility in the lexical processing of regional accents (Andreas Krug, Newcastle University, UK)

11:00 am: Quotatives and /h/ in Kosrae: The nativisation of English in a mobile Pacific community (Sara Lynch, University of Bern, Switzerland)

11:30 am: Conditional backshift: against the view that the verb forms in ‘remote’, ‘subjunctive’ or ‘2nd and 3rd’ conditionals encode or implicate improbability, negative epistemic stance or counterfactuality. (Cris Chatterjee, Northumbria University, UK)

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