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Postgraduate Linguistic Lunch Seminar Series

Wednesday, 28 November 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.

Emily Barnes
Adapting and pre-testing verbal and literacy tasks for Irish-English bilinguals

This talk discusses (a) the design and (b) the pre-testing of parallel versions of Irish and English tasks for a study of literacy acquisition in bilingual students. Verbal tasks (vocabulary, rapid naming, phonological awareness) and literacy tasks (word and non-word reading and spelling) were designed, taking care to minimise bias between the two language versions. These tasks were then pre-tested using a structured observation design to evaluate the appropriateness of tasks for various age groups, and the relative difficulty of the Irish and English version of tasks. This is a pre-cursor to a longitudinal study beginning in January 2019.

Emily Barnes is a PhD student in the Phonetics and Speech Lab, interested in the predictors of literacy in children in Gaelscoileanna and Gaeltacht schools, as well as evidence-based approaches to literacy intervention for the Irish language. This research is funded by the Irish Research Council.

Antoin Eoin Rodgers
Intonation and the Role of the voice source in Derry English

My research focuses on northern Irish English, specifically intonation in Derry English. Intonation is the post-lexical, linguistically structured, meaningful use of pitch, a subjective percept largely correlated with fundamental frequency (F0), or the rate of vibration of the vocal folds. My study investigates the phonetic implementation of intonation not only in terms of F0 but also in terms of the voice source as a whole. In my talk, I would like to present preliminary results on the interaction of F0 and another voice source parameter (H1-H2) in linguistically meaningful and linguistically empty contexts.


I hold a BA Hons degree in English Language and Literature and an M.Phil in Linguistics from TCD, along with a DELTA (Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults) from Cambridge ESOL. For 16 years, I lived in Istanbul, where I taught EFL, EAP, and Academic & Research Skills at Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul Bilgi University, and the British Council. I am currently working on my PhD in the Phonetics and Speech Laboratory in the CLCS.

Louise Kari Mereau

Is French language disappearing? This question has been raised many times by different authors and linguists. I would like to address this issue through the works of Beigbeder: in all his novels the author uses neologisms, English words and brands names to replace long descriptions. Richard Millet, in an interview, attacks Beigbeder, describing his work as “show business literature”: images replace descriptions, and trendy slang words replace the language of Molière. The “literary French” is disappearing because of democratisation. For Beigbeder, the most important is to publish, to defend the written pieces in front of the new image-bound culture. It is the new era of the “Instagrammisation” of literature.

Louise Kari Méreau is a third year PhD in the French department of the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies at Trinity College, Dublin. She is supervised by Dr. Sarah Alyn Stacey. Louise has a double license of philosophy and literature (Panthéon Sorbonne, 2014), a master of French Renaissance Literature (Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2016), and a master of English Literature (National University of Ireland Galway, 2016). Her current research focuses on Cynicism in French contemporary novels, with the examples of Frederic Beigbeder, Virginie Despentes.

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:

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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