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Research Seminars

English Language & Linguistics Research Seminar

For all staff and postgraduates: please see schedule for details.

Research in English Language & Linguistics spans historical and contemporary English linguistics (notably sociolinguistics and phonetics, discourse analysis, lexicology/semantics, corpus linguistics and applied linguistics), Scots and English in Scotland, and medieval English studies. The English Language & Linguistics Seminar provides an opportunity to hear and discuss research in a friendly and stimulating environment. The Research Seminar hosts invited talks from speakers outside Glasgow and also from Glasgow English Language & Linguistics staff members. It also gives our research postgraduates the chance to present at a formal research seminar.

The Research Seminar is normally held on selected Thursdays on Zoom. Postgraduates are strongly encouraged to attend. Zoom links will be sent by email to all staff and ELL PGs for each seminar; if you are not pursuing a degree in English Language & Linguistics but would like to join us for the seminar, please email James Balfour,


GULP Lab Lunch

The Glasgow University Laboratory of Phonetics (GULP) hosts a regular “lab lunch” research meeting during semester-time, and occasionally in the university vacations. The purpose of Lab Lunch is to provide an informal but focussed environment for the presentation and discussion of research in Phonetics, Socio-phonetics and Sociolinguistics, carried out by members of the lab and associated colleagues across the University (e.g. Psychology, Computing Science, Celtic and Gaelic) and research visitors. We enjoy listening and contributing to the discussion of research at all stages, from ideas, plans and outlines, to rehearsals for conference talks and finished papers.

Please see the website for the GULP calendar of events:

All are welcome, and if you are interested in attending please email Jane Stuart-Smith, to be added to the Lab Lunch Teams site where Zoom links will be provided.

Reading Groups

  • Glasgow Colour Studies Group (convener, Carole Biggam)
  • Piers Plowman Reading Group (convener, Elizabeth Robertson)
  • Onomastics Reading Group (convenor, Leonie Dunlop)
  • Applied Linguistics Reading Group (convenor Dr Angela Gayton)
  • Language Variation and Change Reading Group (convenor Prof Jennifer Smith)
  • Lexicography Reading Group (convenor Rachel Fletcher)
  • Old English Reading Group (convener Rachel Fletcher)

Research Seminars, Semester 2, 2021-2022

Welcome to the live schedule for our English Language and Linguistics seminar series. The ELL research seminars are a series of talks hosted by the English Language and Linguistics department where we invite speakers from around the world to present cutting-edge research on a range of topics in the field. Talks range from topics as diverse as lexicography and discourse analysis to phonetics and medieval English.

Talks are held on Thursdays at 16.15 on Zoom and typically last for 45 minutes (leaving 15 minutes for questions)

You will be sent an email prior to the talk with a link to register. While email invitations will be sent far and wide across the university, if you are interested in attending a talk and have not received an invite, contact


Thursday 20th January

Chaucer's Early Modern Readers: Between Print and Manuscript

Dr Devani Singh (University of Geveva)

Convenor: Alison Wiggins


Thursday 27th January

"Speech-based AI", "digital phonetics”? Speech sciences in the era of machine learning.

Dr Zofia Malisz (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

Convenor: Joanna Kopaczyk


Thursday 3rd February

And obviously I don’t think that any of the males in our class expects us to perform at the exact same level: Exploring gender bias in an organization using micro-analysis

Joanna Pawelczyk (Adam Mickiewicz University)

Convenor: Joanna Kopaczyk


Thursday 3rd March

Before Attenborough: Early Medieval Natural History and Animal Diversity

Dr Megan Cavell (University of Birmingham)

Convenor: Katie Lowe


Thursday 24th March

A Thesaurus of Old English, Evoke and Onomasiological Profiles of Old English Texts: Analysing the Vocabulary of Beowulf, Andreas and the Old English Martyrology through Linguistic Linked Data

Sander Stolk and Dr Thijs Porck (Lieden University)

Convenor: Fraser Dallachy

Past Seminars

Research Seminars, Semester 1, 2021-2022

Oct 21st
Dr Jie Liu (de Montfort University)
Adaptation from the IELTS to academic reading
Prof. Tom Bartlett

Nov 4th
Prof. Ad Putter (University of Bristol), Dr Joanna Kopaczyk (University of Glasgow) and Dr Venetia Bridges (Durham University)
Exploring medieval multilingualism: Harley MS 2253 and beyond
Prof. Andrew Prescott

Nov 11th
Dr Emma Franklin (University of Sheffield)
Corpus-lexicographical discourse analysis
Dr James Balfour

Nov 25th
Prof. Alison Wray (Cardiff University)
Using language to predict who will get Alzheimer’s disease: why would we imagine it would work?
Prof. Tom Bartlett

Dec 2nd
Dr Argyro Kanaki (University of Dundee)
An ethnographic approach exploring pupil language learning and teaching practices for Modern Foreign Language teaching in a Scottish primary school
Dr Piotr Wegorowski


Research Seminars, Semester 2, 2020-2021

Thursday, 21 January 2021: Professor Andrew Prescott and Dr Helen Lacey (University of Glasgow; Mansfield College, University of Oxford)

Representing the Voices of the People of 1381 (convenor: Andrew Prescott)


Thursday, 4 February 2021: Dr Judith Reynolds (Cardiff University)

Giving immigration legal advice: a case study of professional-lay intercultural communication (convenor: Piotr Wegorowski)


Thursday, 25 February 2021: Dr Joanna Kopaczyk, Professor Ad Putter and Dr Venetia Bridges (University of Glasgow; University of Bristol; Durham University)

Representing Medieval multilingualism on the page: From text tradition to mise-en-page (convenor: Jeremy Smith)


Thursday, 4 March 2021: Dr Stephen Kelly, Dr Ryan Perry and associates (Queen’s University, Belfast; University of Kent)

Whittington’s Gift: Reconstructing the Lost Common Library of London’s Guildhall (convenor: Alison Wiggins)


Thursday, 18 March 2021: ELL PGR students to present their work (University of Glasgow)

Titles/speakers tbc (convenor: Angela Gayton)


Research Seminars, Semester 1, 2020-2021


Organisers:  Professor Elizabeth Robertson and Dr Angela Gayton (ELL)



Thursday, 8 October 2020: Professor Alastair Minnis and Professor Robert Pasnau (Yale University; University of Colorado, Boulder)

Hellish imaginations in the Middle Ages: Materiality versus metaphor, literal versus spiritual understanding (convenor: Elizabeth Robertson)


Thursday, 22 October 2020: Dr Itamar Kastner (University of Edinburgh)

Everywhere we checked talks like this (joint work with Benjamin Lowell Sluckin) (convenor: Clara Cohen)

***Please note that this talk will take place at the earlier time of 12:15***


Thursday, 5 November 2020: Dr Massimiliano Spotti (University of Tilburg)

On being enregistered into the online matrix of knowledge: An ethnographic exploration of an internet-based dismissal in an asylum seeking procedure (convenor: Tom Bartlett)


Thursday, 19 November 2020: Professor Meg Gebhard (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Implications of SFL pedagogy for refugee youth with interrupted formal schooling in the US (convenor: Tom Bartlett)