The Centre was launched by Professor Clive Upton (University of Leeds), who delivered a talk titled Partners of the ends: Midlanders and the dialectal 'North-South Divide.'
Photo: CRiL Old English specialist Dr Carolin Esser-Miles, CRiL Director Professor Kris Spelman-Miller, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Elizabeth Stuart and Professor Clive Upton.
Talks by guests speakers
Two talks by Rudi Keller, Emeritus Professor of German Linguistics, Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf, Germany
Trust in corporate communication (7 February 2011) and Language change
(8 February 2011)
Professor Keller has been working on annual shareholder reports for many years, both as an analyst and as a consultant. In this talk he discussed one task of these (and all other) forms of corporate communication that has become even more crucial in these difficult economic times: how to build trust through communication.
Professor Keller is the author of On language change: the invisible hand in language, and the nature of how language transforms has been a central research interest in his career. The book successfully adapts the famous theory of economist Adam Smith to a linguistic context. This talk was of particular interest to those interested in linguistics, sociology, psychology, and the wider application of socio-economic concepts.
Professor Mike Kelly: Every graduate qualified in a language: towards a university language policy
(16 November 2010)
Professor Mike Kelly, Director of the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies, addressed the importance for universities of developing policies to equip all graduates with skills in languages and intercultural communication. These are needed to prepare future leaders in business, the professions, voluntary organisations, education and research to thrive in global society. They should aim to enable individuals to be comfortable in speaking another language and interacting with people from other cultural backgrounds. Mike presented current initiatives in this area and proposed a number of key long-term measures and short-term actions we might take towards the goal of equipping all graduates with a language qualification.
Talks by Winchester academics
The papers below are illustrative of our language-focussed research at the University:
Marnie Seymour (Senior Lecturer in Education): The vision, values and practice of Primary Modern Foreign Languages " some teachers' perspectives
Rachel Pye (Lecturer in Psychology): Rotating letters to compare two theories of cross-language reading: Japanese vs English
Prof. Kris Spelman Miller (Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences): Tracking academic writing processes
Teaching English Grammar Symposium
On 3 July 2010, a group of teachers, researchers, practitioners and graduate students came together for a symposium on Teaching English Grammar. Participants and speakers came from various types of institutions (language schools, sixth-form colleges, universities) and disciplines (English literature, language/linguistics, sociology, study skills).