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Linguistics Research Seminars (LRS)

Linguistics Research Seminars is a series of research talks from members of the School, open to all linguistics topics. The seminars are held in an informal and friendly setting, and everybody from the School is welcome to present their work.

The series is open for general registration; you do not need to be a School member to attend. Meetings are announced by email to interested people. If you want to be added to the mailing list or you are a School member interested in presenting, please email Dr Valentina Colasanti (

LRS series are held Wednesdays from 14:15 to 15:30 during term time (online or hybrid).
Irish Sign Language interpretation is provided for all talks.

This schedule is subject to change; please check back for changes.


Wednesday 9 February 2022

Speaker: Nathan Hill (Trinity College Dublin) 
Title: Changes to Old Tibetan compound internal sandhi
Time: 14:15-15:30 (online)

Previous discussions of Tibetan phonology do not distinguish between prescript and superscript consonants. In fact, the use of prescripts and superscripts may show a different sandhi behavior. This behavior can be summarized in two rules, a pre script rule and a superscript rule. According to the prescript rule, a prescript consonant falls out in the following syllable if a preceding syllable ends in a consonant, and the superscript elision rule, where (1) if the final consonant of a preceding syllable is acute, and the consonant of the word in question would be deleted according to the superscript rule, a following superscript would also be deleted, then the superscript is also deleted, and (2) in the anlaut, the superscript is also deleted, although the prescript remains.

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Wednesday 23 February 2022

Speaker: Breffni O’Rourke (Trinity College Dublin) 
Title: What does it mean to be engaged in a discussion?
Time: 14:15-15:30 (online)

Discussion plays a key role in education, not least in the language classroom. In this talk I will define and characterise the term engagement as it relates to discussion, and outline a discourse-analytic framework for exploring engagement in discussion. Key characteristics of “engaged discussion” are proposed, emphasising the roles of good faithcontribution focus, and, based primarily on the work of Van Lier, contingency.

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Wednesday 16 March 2022

Speaker: Liam Lonergan (Trinity College Dublin)
Title: TBA
Time: 14:15-15:30 (online)

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