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Postgraduate Linguistic Lunch Seminar Series

Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 12:15 – 1:15pm

Postgraduate Linguistic Lunch Seminar Series

The Linguistic Lunch series is organised by School of Linguistic, Speech & Communication Sciences seeks to feature postgraduate researchers working on any linguistic subdiscipline (applied linguistics, historical linguistics, neurolinguistics, deaf studies, etc.). The series consists of one hour seminars where postgraduates can present on their projects in short, 11-minute lightning talks aimed at an audience of their peers and other interested parties. These seminars are a great forum for getting experience speaking about your research in an informal and friendly environment, and for meeting some of the other students in the college's research community.

About the Series
The seminars are scheduled to be held once per month during the academic year from 12:15 pm-1:15 pm. The following seminar dates are currently available for abstract submissions:

1. Pak Hei Chan, PhD
Department: Linguistics/ Trinity Centre for Asian Studies

Title of Presentation: Multilingualism in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s identity is complicated in nature due to its historical origin. Around 36 percent of Secondary-Five students in Hong Kong lack the sense of national identity, and the issue of national identity has been politicalised in the last few years. The aims of my project are to firstly look at the ways in which linguistic imperialism was implemented in Hong Kong during the colonial period, and then to examine the link between the multilingualism of Hong Kong people and their sense of national identity.

I had lived in Hong Kong for 18 years until I completed the secondary education. Then, I went abroad to study. I completed both my undergraduate degree (English and Language & Linguistics) and Masters (International Relations and International Law) at University of Aberdeen. Now, I have just started my PhD in Linguistics at Trinity College Dublin with the Provost's Award.

2. Victoria Jane Garnett, PhD
Department: Centre for Language and Communication Studies

Title of Presentation: Mobility Matters: current issues in measuring mobility for language change

Language contact and mobility are important factors in measuring language change, and the different types of mobility through geographical space have been documented for the current mobility of an individual, but little has been discussed for a person's historical mobility.  This is an issue I'm currently tackling in my research, so I will present my findings, and am happy to discuss or take feedback from members of the group.

Vicky Garnett is in the 6th (and Final!!) year of her Part-Time PhD investigating an increase in [l]-vocalisation in Somerset, England (supervised by Dr. Jeff Kallen).  She was also one of the founding members of the team behind the Dublin Language Garden, and led the organisation committee for 4 years, from 2014 - 2017 inclusive.  In addition to spending all her time analysing people's [l]s, Vicky also works part-time in the Trinity Centre for Digital Humanities as a researcher on European projects dealing with issues around Research Infrastructures, Digital Curation and Training Resources.  She is also a Co-Chair of the Community Engagement Working Group as part of the EU-wide Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH).

3. Carlos Rafael Oliveras, PhD
Department: Centre for Language and Communication Studies

Title of Presentation: A Question of Being: The Interplay between motivation, self, and language in meaning-making processes

With so much being said about the importance of language learning, development, use, preservation, revitalization, and so on, and so many decisions being made for and about the next generations, what is still lacking is an attention to the experiences of the learners themselves and a plan for how to use those experiences to improve the quality of language education, and education in general. This talk will explore and argue for the place of phenomenological analysis and hermeneutic dialogue in research about language education in the contemporary push for engendering plurilingual individuals.

Carlos Rafael Oliveras is originally from the Bronx, New York. Of Puerto Rican descent, he grew up speaking English and Spanish at home, an environment that provided the impetus for a lifetime love for languages and what words are capable of. He is now fluent in Korean and just starting to learn Irish, and his drive and motivation to learn a diverse array of languages has informed his research into aspects of motivation for language education and development. Through his background in literature and philosophy he seeks to expand the ways applied linguistics generally approaches languages and contribute to a more nuanced approach to education, language, and language-in-education.

Call for Abstracts

We welcome research from any of the member departments of SLSCS in any linguistic subdiscipline (applied linguistics, historical linguistics, neurolinguistics, deaf studies, etc.) or from any postgraduate research student whose research includes issues dealing with language or linguistic analysis. If you are interested in participating, please send a short abstract and bio (no longer than 100 words), as well as a photo, through Google Forms.

We aim to have multiple speakers at each talk from various subdisciplines, followed by a short Q&A session.

While we expect the seminars to feature PhD students, in a future call we will welcome submissions from MPhil/MSc students who will be working on their dissertations starting in Hilary Term and would be interested in presenting on their work. However, all postgraduate students are welcome to attend the seminars.

We encourage participants to speak about their research at any stage, even at the beginning stages of their project, as this is a great way to gain feedback and strengthen the postgraduate research community within the school.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Linguistic Lunch Team ate-mail:

Campus LocationTrinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Accessibility: Yes
Room: Neill Lecture Theatre
Research Theme: Identities in Transformation
Event Category: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Lectures and Seminars, Public, Student events
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free

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