Birgit Hellwig visiting: Language Games Club and Child Language Documentation Talk

Language Games

Tomorrow, 18.3.2015, 17:00-19:00, TC2.6/7, University of Essex, we will have a talk about an exciting child language project (see more info below). Birgit Hellwig, our speaker will also be around for a couple of days. Before her talk (12:00-14:00), she will join our Language Games Club to discuss how she can use language games in her project (Social Space, Department of Language and Linguistics).

Child language documentation: A pilot study among the Qaqet Baining of Papua New Guinea

Birgit Hellwig, University of Cologne, Germany

Language documentation aims to create a “comprehensive record of the linguistic practices characteristic of a given speech community” (Himmelmann 1998: 166). In actual practice, our focus tends to be on adult speech practices, and we know little about the contexts in which children become socialised and learn to speak, about the language(s) used with and around children, and about the outputs that are produced by children…

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ELAN, CHAT, CLAN: Handouts for Yesterday’s Language Games Workshop

In this week’s language games club meeting, we learned how you can document and analyse data from language games (and other language production data) using the multi-media annotation tool ELAN, the CHAT-Transcription conventions of the CHILDES database and the CLAN associated with this database. If you want to learn more about these tools, please have a look at our handouts.


University of Essex Postgraduate Studies in Experimental Linguistics, 2015

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Postgraduate scholarships and studentships in Linguistics, University of Essex

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The University, along with six partner institutions, is a member of CHASE (Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England), one of 11 Doctoral Training Partnerships funded by the AHRC.  Applicants for doctoral study in Linguistics can apply for CHASE AHRC studentships through the Language and Linguistics department. The studentship covers fees, maintenance and professional development opportunities during your PhD. For more information, see:

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This scholarship is to support students studying for our PG Diploma/MA Chinese-English Translation and Interpreting. We are offering five competitive scholarships to support talented students who demonstrate excellent performance in previous qualifications and achieve a high aptitude score. Our Department of Language and Linguistics is internationally-recognised for expertise in the teaching of practical foreign language skills. To be eligible students will need to hold an offer with the department. For more information, see:

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