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S2 E1: Forensic Linguistics - Dr. Nicci MacLeod

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S2 E3: Linguistics and Language Learning - Prof. Ludovica Serratrice
Welcome back to another episode! Today we are joined by Professor Ludovica Serratrice. She is a Professor of bi-multilingualism at the University of Reading and was the Director of the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism for 3 years. She is also a co-investigator on a project as part of the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) international center for language and communication development - LuCiD. Prof Serratrice did her PhD in the Linguistics department here at the University of Edinburgh, the same department in which many of our volunteers on the podcast currently study. She is also a member of the Reading Branch of Bilingualism Matters. You can find out more about some of her current projects, and perhaps participate, below: Quantifying the Bilingual Experience Language learning in Polish-English bilingual children Go to our website to read the transcript! MLST  is brought to you by volunteers at Bilingualism Matters Edinburgh. The  views of our guests don’t always reflect our own, as  we   hope to provide  an accessible platform for the findings of current research and the  perspectives of experts. For more resources like definitions of  linguistic terms, episode transcripts, and information about the team,  go to our website at www.mlstpodcast.com. Recorded on 20/9/2021 Music: Arc of the Sun by The 126ersssssss
53:48
October 14, 2021
S2 E2: Language and Cognition - Prof. Ellen Bialystok
If you have ever studied bilingualism and/or cognition, you will know today's guest, and are probably as excited as we are. Professor Ellen Bialystok is a Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology and Walter Gordon Research Chair of Lifespan Cognitive Development at York University in Canada, and an Associate Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute of the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. Her research uses a range of techniques and methods, to help us understand the effects of bilingualism on cognitive processes across the lifespan. Her research has uncovered ways to identify differences in the development of essential cognitive and language abilities for bilingual children, and the postponement of symptoms of dementia in bilingual older adults. Ellen has received several awards for her groundbreaking research such as the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research, the Donald T. Stuss Award for Research Excellence, the Canadian Society for Brain Behaviour and Cognitive Science Hebb Award,  the Killam Prize for the Social Sciences, and the York University President’s Research Award of Merit. Additionally, in 2017, she was granted an honorary doctorate from the University of Oslo for her contributions to language research. Many of us at MLST have been following Ellen’s research for a long time. Among her extensive list of journal publications, books and awards , Ellen has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada for her “contributions to our understanding of the cognitive benefits of bilingualism and for opening up new avenues of research in her field”, and she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In addition to wanting to talk to Ellen about her amazing career, we also invited her to the podcast in anticipation of her giving a plenary talk at the Bilingualism Matters Research Symposium, which is on the 25th and 26th of October. Go to our website to read the transcript! MLST  is brought to you by volunteers at Bilingualism Matters Edinburgh. The  views of our guests don’t always reflect our own, as  we   hope to provide  an accessible platform for the findings of current research and the  perspectives of experts. For more resources like definitions of  linguistic terms, episode transcripts, and information about the team,  go to our website at www.mlstpodcast.com. Recorded on 03/9/2021 Music: Arc of the Sun by The 126ersssssss
47:04
September 30, 2021
S2 E1: Forensic Linguistics - Dr. Nicci MacLeod
Today, we're joined by Dr. Nicci MacLeod. She is a Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at Northumbria University. She got her PhD from Aston University in Birmingham where she conducted discourse analysis on police interviews with women reporting rape.  Until 2018 she was employed as a Research Associate at the Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics, working on various projects focusing on authorship analysis, native language identification, and assuming identities online in the context of undercover investigations against child sex offenders. She is co-author of the book Language and Online Identities: The Undercover Policing of Internet Sexual Crime.. Nicci also works as self-employed forensic linguist. For this, she undertakes casework in the areas of authorship analysis, sociolinguistic profiling and forensic discourse analysis. She is part of the National Crime Agency Expert Advisor Database. On top of that, she has worked with the Serious Organised Crime Squad, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, UK police forces and defence solicitors, and she has appeared as expert witness in the Crown Court of England and Wales, and both the Sherriff Court and the High Court of Justiciary in Scotland. Her current research interests lie in discursive patterns of representation and negotiation, particularly in legal and investigative contexts, the language of policing, and the language of violence. Go to our website to read the transcript! MLST  is brought to you by volunteers at Bilingualism Matters Edinburgh. The  views of our guests don’t always reflect our own, as  we   hope to provide  an accessible platform for the findings of current research and the  perspectives of experts. For more resources like definitions of  linguistic terms, episode transcripts, and information about the team,  go to our website at www.mlstpodcast.com. Recorded on 24/8/2021 Music: Arc of the Sun by The 126ersssssss
01:04:11
September 17, 2021
S1 E17: World Refugee Day - Debora Kayembe
Today’s episode is dedicated this episode to World Refugee Day on June 20th, and we have a very special guest for you, Debora Kayembe. Debora grew up in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She earned her law degree in Kinshasa and began her career as a human rights activist. After interning at the UN, she was called to the Congolese Bar Association in Matadi and became a lawyer with a specialty in international law in 2000. She arrived in the UK as a refugee in 2005 and lived near Manchester. However, her law degree was only recognized in Scotland, which is why she moved to Edinburgh in 2011 with her two young children, and qualified as a barrister. In addition to her work as a human rights lawyer, she also has extensive experience in working as a translator for Refugees at the National Health Service in Scotland. She also set up her own language services company in 2009 with an international client base in the US and the UK. In 2012, she joined the Scottish Refugee Council, where she served as a board member. That same year, she was added to the list of assistants to counsel for the victim support section of the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). In 2016, she joined the language service of the office of the Procecutor as well.  Shortly after, she became the first African woman to join the Royal Society of Edinburgh, where she holds a seat on the Working Group for Africa. In light of the Black Lives Matter movement, Debora created the Freedom Walk Campaign, which aims to lobby, campaign on behalf of citizens by promoting social reforms, racial justice and community harmony. In February 2021, Debora became the third woman, first black woman, and the first African immigrant to be named rector of the University of Edinburgh. She speaks French, Lingala, Kikongo, Swahili, English, Luba, Portuguese and is learning Turkish at the moment. Go to our website to read the transcript! MLST  is brought to you by volunteers at Bilingualism Matters    Edinburgh. The  views of our guests don’t always reflect our own, as  we   hope to provide  an accessible platform for the findings of current    research and the  perspectives of experts. For more resources like    definitions of  linguistic terms, episode transcripts, and information    about the team,  go to our website at www.mlstpodcast.com. Recorded on 3/5/2021 Music: Arc of the Sun by The 126ersssssss
55:31
June 17, 2021
S1 E16: Languages for All – Thomas Chaurin
Thomas Chaurin holds a Master’s degree in French as a Foreign Language from the University of Rennes 2. He has an extensive experience in language teaching, language teachers’ training, curriculum development, the Common European Framework of Reference for languages and its applications (e.g. European Language Portfolio, Reference Level Descriptors, international language qualifications, European Profiling Grid), quality processes, and management of academic teams and of organisations. He is also involved in the 1+2 Approach in Scotland. Prior to joining the Centre for Open Learning, Thomas was a Research Associate at Moray House School of Education taking part in a research project analysing the factors of successful language learning in Scottish schools. He was previously the Scotland based Education Attaché of the French Embassy in the UK (2014-2018), the Executive Director of the Alliance Française of Washington DC (2010-2013) and of the Alliance Française of Calgary (2007-2010). Thomas has also held leadership roles in France, Spain, Chile, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Slovakia. He is also Representative for University Language Centres in Scotland on the AULC Executive Commitee, an Erasmus+ Assessor at the British Council, a UNILANG External Examiner, and also a DELF DALF Examiners' Trainer at the Centre International d'Études Pédagogiques. Go to our website to read the transcript! MLST  is brought to you by volunteers at Bilingualism Matters   Edinburgh. The  views of our guests don’t always reflect our own, as we   hope to provide  an accessible platform for the findings of current   research and the  perspectives of experts. For more resources like   definitions of  linguistic terms, episode transcripts, and information   about the team,  go to our website at www.mlstpodcast.com. Recorded on 3/5/2021 Music: Arc of the Sun by The 126ersssssss
42:43
June 3, 2021
S1 E15: Multilingual Families – Dr. Ute Limacher-Riebold & Korina Topalidou
For the International Day of Families, we have two special guests: Dr. Ute Limacher-Riebold and Korina Topalidou. Ute is a multilingual Family Language Consultant and Intercultural Communication Trainer at Ute's International Lounge. Ute holds a PhD in Romance Philology and has taught Italian historical  linguistics at the Department of Romance Studies of the University of  Zurich. As a linguist and life long  international, she offers tailored advice, practical solutions and  support for parents who raise their children with multiple languages and  cultures to bridge between research and practice. She helps multilingual families find the most suitable strategies and practical resources to maintain  their home languages and cultures, whilst learning others. Since 2019  Ute collaborates with Multlingual Parenting at the EU PEaCH project, and organizes the broadcast Raising Multilinguals LIVE! together with Tetsu Yung and Rita Rosenback. Ute  is fluent in German, Italian, French, English, Dutch and Swiss German, and is improving her fluency in Spanish and Korean. She currently lives  in the Netherlands with her husband and three teenage children who grow  up with multiple languages too. Korina Topalidou is a Spanish language teacher in a secondary school in  London. Originally from Greece, she holds degrees in International  Relations and Organisations, European Law, and Spanish Language and Culture. With her experiences as a student, translator, teacher, and  expatriate, she has always been interested in languages. Because of this, she is involved in many activities connected to multilingualism and language learning. Korina is also involved in the EU PEaCH project, where she serves as an Ambassador to promote multilingualism, and to  support families and individuals in their multilingual journey. She is also a member of language related associations in the UK such as the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum, and the Association for Language Learning. Korina is fluent in Greek, Spanish, French and English, and is mother to two multilingual children. Go to our website to read the transcript! MLST  is brought to you by volunteers at Bilingualism Matters  Edinburgh. The  views of our guests don’t always reflect our own, as we  hope to provide  an accessible platform for the findings of current  research and the  perspectives of experts. For more resources like  definitions of  linguistic terms, episode transcripts, and information  about the team,  go to our website at www.mlstpodcast.com. Recorded on 30/4/2021 Music: Arc of the Sun by The 126ersssssss
01:06:28
May 20, 2021
S1 E14: Spanish Language – Dr. Carlos Soler Montes
Dr. Carlos Soler Montes is a Lecturer at the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh, where he teaches Hispanic Linguistics and advanced Spanish Language courses. He started working at The University of Edinburgh in 2015 as a Teaching Fellow and e-Learning Coordinator and now is the Learning and Teaching Director of the Department of European Languages and Cultures as well as Programme Director for Spanish and Portuguese at Bilingualism Matters. One of Carlos' passions is studying the Spanish language in Spain and Latin America. He is  interested in language variation from a pan-Hispanic and pluricentric perspective and how this variation is dealt with by native speakers, as well as learners of Spanish. This is reflected in his research of Hispanic Linguistics, where he has examined the ways Spanish grammar varies across different Hispanic regions, its particularities, cultural connections and social contacts with other languages. Currently, Carlos is co-leading a research project entitled “Linguistic variation in postcolonial contexts: historical, social and contact linguistic perspectives” funded by UNA Europa. The project brings together researchers working on postcolonial language studies and sociolinguistics within their university network, in order to produce new insights into linguistic variation and change in postcolonial contexts, promoting new and long-lasting collaboration initiatives that lead to a better understanding of European languages outside Europe. Additionally, Carlos is part of the “Spanish in Europe: Linguistic Demography of Spanish in Europe” research project, representing Scotland, which aims to better understand how groups of Spanish speakers are shaped by migration and the spread of Spanish as a foreign language, as well as how different social and linguistic environments affect language competency and use. Go to our website to read the transcript! MLST  is brought to you by volunteers at Bilingualism Matters Edinburgh. The  views of our guests don’t always reflect our own, as we hope to provide  an accessible platform for the findings of current research and the  perspectives of experts. For more resources like definitions of  linguistic terms, episode transcripts, and information about the team,  go to our website at www.mlstpodcast.com. Recorded on 8/4/2021 Music: Arc of the Sun by The 126ersssssss
01:03:58
April 23, 2021
S1 E13: Bilingualism & Autism – Dr. Bérengère Digard & Sonny Hallett
In this episode, in honour of World Autism Awareness month, we are joined by Dr Bérengère Digard and Sonny Hallett to talk about Austin and Bilingualism in research and real life. Dr Bérengère Digard has just finished her PhD in Psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh. Her research focused on how being bilingualism shapes the way autistic and non-autistic adults understand social information and relate to other people, in terms of lived experiences, mental skills, and brain networks. During her PhD she wrote the PhD blog, ‘PhD & Stuff’. She is currently working as an Engagement Officer at The Patrick Wild Centre.  She is also a Bilingualism Matters volunteer and member of the podcast team. Twitter: @BerengereDigard Sonny Hallett is the co-founder and mental health advisor of AMASE, Autistic Mutual Aid Society Edinburgh. They are also a trainee counsellor and autistic advocate. You can read their medium piece on autistic connection and communication here. Twitter: @scrappapertiger Go to our website to read the transcript! MLST is brought to you by volunteers at Bilingualism Matters Edinburgh. The views of our guests don’t always reflect our own, as we hope to provide an accessible platform for the findings of current research and the perspectives of experts. For more resources like definitions of linguistic terms, episode transcripts, and information about the team, go to our website at www.mlstpodcast.com. Recorded on 36/3/2021 Music: Arc of the Sun by The 126ersssssss
54:56
April 8, 2021
S1 E12: Language, Race & Ethnicity – Nandi Sims
Today we are joined by Nandi Sims. Nandi is a PhD Candidate at The Ohio State University in the Department of Linguistics. Her primary interests lie in language variation and change stemming from situations of ethnic contact in the US. To explore the variation related to social identities, institutional ideologies, and the hegemonic structure of race, she has conducted research on a number of topics including historical variation in African American Language morphosyntax, English prosodic rhythm comparisons between South Florida ethnicities, and the relationship between the language, ethnicity, and social identity of pre-teens. Her dissertation is titled "Race, ethnicity, and social groups: Social and linguistic causes of language variation among 6th-grade students at a primarily Black South Florida middle school".  Join us in this week's episode to learn more about the concepts regarding language, race and ethnicity, about African-American language, and about language variation in different populations in the US. Go to our website to read the transcript! MLST is brought to you by volunteers at Bilingualism Matters Edinburgh. The views of our guests don’t always reflect our own, as we hope to provide an accessible platform for the findings of current research and the perspectives of experts. For more resources like definitions of linguistic terms, episode transcripts, and information about the team, go to our website at www.mlstpodcast.com. Recorded on 4/3/2021 Music: Arc of the Sun by The 126ersssssss
01:00:09
March 25, 2021
S1 E11: Scottish Gaelic – Prof. Rob Dunbar
Welcome to another episode of Much Language Such Talk. Today, we are joined by Prof. Rob Dunbar of the University of Edinburgh. Prior to assuming the Chair of Celtic at Edinburgh in June 2013, he was Senior Research Professor at the University of the Highlands and Islands, and Research Director of the inter-university Soillse Research Project. Previously, he was a lecturer then senior lecturer in Law at the University of Glasgow (1995-2004) and reader in Celtic and Law at the University of Aberdeen (2004-2010). As a native of Canada, he has been involved in Gaelic language development for almost twenty years, and has worked with international organisations such as the Council of Europe, of which he is an expert, and the OSCE, national and sub-national governments, including the National Assembly for Wales, and governmental and non-governmental organisations, on issues broadly relating to the maintenance and revitalisation of minority languages and the protection of their speakers.  He was a member of Bòrd na Gàidhlig from 2006 to 2012 and MG Alba from 2004 to 2012, and was involved in the development of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 and the creation of BBC Alba, Scotland's Gaelic digital television service. Much of his research focuses on language policy and planning for Scottish Gaelic, and for minoritised languages more generally, and on legal instruments (international, national and sub-national) in support of such policy and planning initiatives. Gaelic broadcasting, and provision for broadcasting in other minoritised languages, also forms part of his research strand. His work also focuses on Gaelic literature, culture and society from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century, and on Gaelic in Canada. Go to our website to read the transcript! MLST is brought to you by volunteers at Bilingualism Matters Edinburgh. The views of our guests don’t always reflect our own, as we hope to provide an accessible platform for the findings of current research and the perspectives of experts. For more resources like definitions of linguistic terms, episode transcripts, and information about the team, go to our website at www.mlstpodcast.com. Recorded on 27/1/2021 Music: Arc of the Sun by The 126ersssssss
58:03
March 11, 2021
S1 E10: Language and Identity – Dr. Katerina Strani
In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Katerina Strani who is an Associate Professor and Head of Cultural Studies at the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies at Heriot-Watt University. Katerina has a background in Languages and Politics, having taught translation and interpreting for 10 years, and worked as a freelance translator, interpreter and later as a researcher for the shadow interior minister in Greece. She has published papers on intercultural dialogue, racist discourse, hate speech, language and heritage, as well as an edited volume on Multilingualism and Politics (Palgrave, 2020). Katerina has led EU-funded projects on racism and discrimination, intercultural training for educators, language and culture apps for newly arrived migrants and refugees, and a language and culture app for indigenous languages (IndyLan). She was also a Co-Investigator on a Global Challenge Research Fund project on digital inclusion of Rohingya refugees in Malaysia. More information and a list of publications are available here. Katerina is a Chartered Linguist and speaks French, English, Russian and Greek (native). She has also learned German, but claims to speak it very badly. She plays the piano and sings at any given opportunity, but according to her, much to the dismay of anyone listening. Go to our website to read the transcript! MLST is brought to you by volunteers at Bilingualism Matters Edinburgh. The views of our guests don’t always reflect our own, as we hope to provide an accessible platform for the findings of current research and the perspectives of experts. For more resources like definitions of linguistic terms, episode transcripts, and information about the team, go to our website at www.mlstpodcast.com. Recorded on 27/1/2021 Music: Arc of the Sun by The 126ersssssss
50:39
February 25, 2021
S1 E9: Byelingual: Attrition – Prof. Monika Schmid
In this episode, we are joined by Prof. Monika S. Schmid from the University of Essex. Monika obtained her PhD in English Linguistics in 2000 from the Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf. The topic of her thesis was First Language Attrition, Use and Maintenance: the case of German Jews in Anglophone Countries -  and currently Monika's work focuses on various aspects of first language attrition, language change from learning new languages. Previously, she has held positions at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. In September 2013, she became a Professor of Linguistics at the University of Essex, where in 2018 she became the Head of Department of Language and Linguistics. At Essex, Monika is a member of the Centre for Research in Language Development throughout the Lifespan (LaDeLi) and the Bilingualism Matters branch @EastofEngland. Monika has published two monographs and edited several collected volumes and special issues of journals on attrition, most recently the Oxford Handbook of Language Attrition (2019).  Her website, Language Attrition, collects information on language attrition and provides tips on how to study it for non-specialists and researchers alike. She regularly also writes for The Conversation about related topics and, to date, has had over half a million reads! Go to our website to read the transcript! MLST is brought to you by volunteers at Bilingualism Matters Edinburgh. The views of our guests don’t always reflect our own, as we hope to provide an accessible platform for the findings of current research and the perspectives of experts. For more resources like definitions of linguistic terms, episode transcripts, and information about the team, go to our website at www.mlstpodcast.com. Recorded on 18/1/2021 Music: Arc of the Sun by The 126ersssssss
56:29
February 11, 2021
S1 E8: Basque – Prof. Itziar Laka
In this episode, we talk with Professor Itziar Laka,  a researcher at the Department of Linguistics and Basque Studies, and the director of The Bilingual Mind research group at the University of the Basque Country. Itziar completed her PhD at MIT and was an Assistant Professor in Linguistics at the University of Rochester in New York before returning to Europe where she has been an invited professor at the Universities of Vienna, Utrecht, Naples and Río de Janeiro, and an invited research fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities, and the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset, among others. She is Member of Jakiunde, the Basque Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, and corresponding member of Euskaltzaindia, the Academy for the Basque Language. Itziar has also written a book on Basque, A Brief Grammar of Euskara, the Basque Language, which was published in 1996 and is freely available on the internet. Her current research combines theoretical linguistics and experimental methods from psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics to inquire into the neural representation and processing of language, with a strong focus on syntax and bilingualism. At the Bilingual Mind research group, they conduct research on the effects of bilingualism and plan to complete research on healthy older adults in the future. In the past, many of their studies looked at the effects on young adults and older adults who have cognitive impairments. So The Bilingual Mind will soon venture into new, exciting territory. Go to our website to read the transcript!  MLST is brought to you by volunteers at Bilingualism Matters Edinburgh. The views of our guests don’t always reflect our own, as we hope to provide an accessible platform for the findings of current research and the perspectives of experts. For more resources like definitions of linguistic terms, episode transcripts, and information about the team, go to our website at www.mlstpodcast.com. Recorded on 16/12/2020  Music: Arc of the Sun by The 126ersssssss
56:52
January 28, 2021
S1 E7: Language Education and Discrimination – Dr. Ania Byerly
Dr. Ania Byerly is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Language Education at the Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh. She has worked with a variety of the university’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, such as MSc TESOL and MSc Language Education, Initial Teacher Education, BA Childhood Practice. Ania is a qualified Early Years and Primary School teacher, specialising in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to young children. She has also worked with Edinburgh’s English as an Additional Language Service supporting bilingual Polish English Speakers in Edinburgh schools and nurseries. Ania focuses on student teachers and school teachers developing an understanding of various social justice issues: from social class, ethnicity and 'race' through to linguistic and religious diversity. She is also going to be a part of the ‘Teaching that Matters for Migrant Students: Understanding Levers of Integration in Scotland, Finland, and Sweden’ (TEAMS) project in collaboration with  ten researchers from the Universities of Edinburgh, Stockholm, Jyvaskyla and Turku, who will study how teachers, schools and education systems facilitate migrant integration in schools. In particular, the project aims to identify educational practices and structural conditions that facilitate opportunities for migrants’ academic success, cross-cultural socialization, and developing a sense of belonging in their school communities. Go to our website to read the transcript!  MLST is brought to you by volunteers at Bilingualism Matters Edinburgh. The views of our guests don’t always reflect our own, as we hope to provide an accessible platform for the findings of current research and the perspectives of experts. For more resources like definitions of linguistic terms, episode transcripts, and information about the team, go to our website at www.mlstpodcast.com. Recorded on 09/12/2020  Music: Arc of the Sun by The 126ersssssss  Sound effects: Record scratches by filmsndfx
57:00
January 14, 2021
MLST 2020 outtakes
2020 really has been a year like no other, but we managed to start a podcast! Each of us at MLST has had such a great time getting to meet new people, learn new things about language learning, and figuring out that Murphy's Law is 100% real. Mistakes were made, people were called the wrong name, we realized we cannot sing (looking at you, Brittany and Eva-Maria), and some of us forgot how to read (looking at you Carine); but it's been an experience we've loved! We're very excited to continue MLST next year, and before we continue being "professionals" we thought you would all enjoy some of our favourite recording moments from the last year. Yes, we said year. We started recording MLST back in February of 2020, but because of Scottish Lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we decided to put the podcast on hold until we could figure out how to run things digitally (and without needing to get out of our PJs). I think we can all agree that this year has been a rollercoaster, and we wanted to bring a smile to your faces by embarrassing ourselves and to end the year on a funny note. We hope you enjoy these beautiful moments from our first 6.5 episodes! We don't currently have a transcript of the episode, but when we do you can find it on our website! Sound effects: Beep by austin1234575 Music: Mariel Deluna and Arc of the Sun by The 126ersssssss
12:47
December 23, 2020
S1 E6: Language Disorders – Dr. Vicky Chondrogianni
Dr Vicky Chondrogianni is a Senior Lecturer in Bilingualism at the University of Edinburgh and the Programme Director in Bilingual Development and Developmental language disorders at Bilingualism Matters. Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh, she held research and teaching positions at various universities in the UK and overseas. Her research and teaching focuses on the language and cognitive development of bilingual children with and without Developmental Language Disorders. She investigates these issues from a crosslinguistic perspective. To date, she has conducted research on Greek, Dutch, Welsh, German, Scottish Gaelic, Mandarin Chinese, and English. She is also affiliated with the faculty of the Graduate Programme in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at the Graduate Centre of City University New York. Go to our website for the transcript! MLST is brought to you by volunteers at Bilingualism Matters Edinburgh. The views of our guests don’t always reflect our own, as we hope to provide an accessible platform for the findings of current research and the perspectives of experts. For more resources like definitions of linguistic terms, episode transcripts, and information about the team, go to our website at www.mlstpodcast.com. Recorded on 7/12/2020 Music: Arc of the Sun by The 126ersssssss
45:34
December 9, 2020
S1 E5: Accent Positivity – Dr. Ella Jeffries
In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Ella Jeffries, a lecturer in linguistics at the University of Essex, and her research interests lie in the field of sociolinguistics, with a particular focus on regional accent variation.  Her PhD research looked into children's developing perceptual awareness of phonological regional accent differences. She is currently Principle Investigator on the BA/Leverhulme Small Grant funded project 'Accent the positive' which investigates the development of implicit attitudes towards regional accents among primary school-age children. Ella is also collaborating on a project which investigates language variation in change in Worcestershire and Herefordshire. Her work incorporates approaches from different fields of linguistic research including language variation and change, sociophonetics, language acquisition and psycholinguistics. She is part of a team of researchers working on collaborative projects within the Centre for Research in Language Development throughout the Lifespan (LaDeLi) at the University Of Essex, which also hosts the Bilingualism Matters East of England branch. Go to our website for the transcript! MLST is brought to you by volunteers at Bilingualism Matters Edinburgh. The views of our guests don’t always reflect our own, as we hope to provide an accessible platform for the findings of current research and the perspectives of experts. For more resources like definitions of linguistic terms, episode transcripts, and information about the team, go to our website at www.mlstpodcast.com. Recorded on 17/11/2020  Music: Arc of the Sun by The 126ersssssss
55:04
November 26, 2020
S1 E4: Lingo Flamingo – Robbie Norval
In this episode, we talk with Robbie Norval, a social entrepreneur who founded the organisation Lingo Flamingo in 2015. He is passionate about empowering individuals, especially those with cognitive impairments, and wanted to create an organisation which provides both stimulating and interactive activities. His goal is to show that it is never too late to learn and to highlight the amazing cognitive benefits of learning a second language. Lingo Flamingo is a social enterprise which focuses on providing language lessons to older adults in care homes and day centres across Scotland. Since 2015, they have provided hundreds of classes and opened a brick and mortar locations in Glasgow. Outside of care homes, the Lingo Flamingo "Hub" is open to anyone interested in language learning, where they offer classes in Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Japanese, to name a few. In addition to his work with Lingo, Robbie is a PhD student at Glasgow Caledonian University focusing on the role that social enterprises play in delivering non-pharmaceutical interventions for older adults and people living with dementia. Go to our website to read the transcript! MLST is brought to you by volunteers at Bilingualism Matters Edinburgh. The views of our guests don’t always reflect our own, as we hope to provide an accessible platform for the findings of current research and the perspectives of experts. For more resources like definitions of linguistic terms, episode transcripts, and information about the team, go to our website at www.mlstpodcast.com. Recorded on: 10/07/2020 Music: Arc of the Sun by The 126ersssssss
37:54
November 11, 2020
S1 E3: The women who keep Bilingualism Matters rolling – Dr. Katarzyna Przybycien & Christy Brewster
In this episode, we talk with the two members of staff at the Edinburgh Bilingualism Matters (BM) office, Dr. Katarzyna (Kat) Przybycien and Christy Brewster. Before joining BM, both Kat and Christy were navigating life, family, and work has bilinguals across many countries and continents! Christy Brewster is the Bilingualism Matters Centre's Administrator, based at the University of Edinburgh. She is responsible for event organisation, communications and general administration. She has an MA (Hons) in History from the University of Glasgow, and a CELTA Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) qualification. She taught English in Argentina for three years and is part of an English and Spanish speaking bilingual family. Dr. Katarzyna Przybycien is the Bilingualism Matters Centre's Research and Outreach Coordinator, based at the University of Edinburgh. With experience in science communication, community work and a PhD on best practices in knowledge exchange, she is responsible for liaisons and finding links and opportunities between disciplines and people. Kat is raising a multilingual family including Polish, Spanish, German, English and Gaelic.  Go to our website to read the transcript!  MLST is brought to you by volunteers at Bilingualism Matters Edinburgh. The views of our guests don’t always reflect our own, as we hope to provide an accessible platform for the findings of current research and the perspectives of experts. For more resources like definitions of linguistic terms, episode transcripts, and information about the team, go to our website at www.mlstpodcast.com. Recorded on: 10/07/2020  Music: Arc of the Sun by The 126ersssssss
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October 29, 2020
S1 E2: Sign Languages – Dr. Helen Koulidobrova
In this episode, we talk with Dr. Helen Koulidobrova who is an Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics in the Department of English and Director of the Bilingualism and English Language Learning Research Lab at Central Connecticut State University. Helen's research focuses on sign languages and how people acquire them, more specifically how those who already know a sign language learn a second one (and maybe they speak a language too!) and why some sign languages let you drop subjects and objects when signing. We talk about learning sign languages, the differences between sign languages from country to country (even region to region!), and the importance of sign languages. We also discuss how Helen uses her research to directly address issues in current policy such as helping make knowledge about sign language easier to access, ensuring hearing parents of deaf children can learn the local sign language to communicate with their children, the need to include those who sign in the conversations about new policy, among many others. Go to our website to read the transcript! MLST is brought to you by volunteers at Bilingualism Matters Edinburgh. The views of our guests don’t always reflect our own, as we hope to provide an accessible platform for the findings of current research and the perspectives of experts. For more resources like definitions of linguistic terms, episode transcripts, and information about the team, go to our website at www.mlstpodcast.com. Recorded on: 2/25/2020 Music: Arc of the Sun by The 126ersssssss
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October 14, 2020
S1 E1: Bilingualism Matters – Prof. Antonella Sorace
In our first-ever episode, we interview Prof. Antonella Sorace. Antonella Sorace is Professor of Developmental Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. She is a world-leading authority and has published widely in the field of bilingualism across the lifespan, where she brings together methods from linguistics, experimental psychology, and cognitive science. She is also committed to bringing research to people in different sectors of society. She is the founding director of the research and information centre Bilingualism Matters, which currently has 27 branches in three different continents. We discuss the idea behind Bilingualism Matters, the necessity for research and science communication, her own experiences and questions about bilingualism in general. Go to our website to read the transcript! MLST is brought to you by volunteers at Bilingualism Matters Edinburgh. The views of our guests don’t always reflect our own, as we hope to provide an accessible platform for the findings of current research and the perspectives of experts. For more resources like definitions of linguistic terms, episode transcripts, and information about the team, go to our website at www.mlstpodcast.com.  Recorded on: 3/3/2020. Music: Arc of the Sun by The 126ers
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September 30, 2020
Introducing... Much Language Such Talk!
Welcome to the Much Language Such Talk podcast! We love languages and know everyone has a connection to the language or languages(!) they speak. Here we're going to talk about the benefits of learning new languages and what it means for you, your brain, and the world!  If you want to follow along with a transcription you can do so on our website! Music: Arc of the Sun by The 126ers
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September 25, 2020