PARLAY is an international student network for linguistics and is based at the University of York. Through an annual conference held in September, it aims to bring together researchers not solely affiliated with linguistics departments, giving them the opportunity to familiarize themselves with different perspectives on language research and to initiate new and innovative collaborations. As a forum for postgraduates and early career researchers the PARLAY network aims to promote knowledge sharing amongst a wider academic audience.

Linguistics refers to the study of language. This definition is an umbrella term for a broad spectrum of research which varies in terms of the research questions asked and the methodologies used. Linguistic intersects with many other fields in social sciences, the humanities and even hard sciences, for example in subfields such as language teaching, computational linguistics, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, biolinguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, cognitive linguistics, forensics to name a few. PARLAY gives researchers with common interests, who would otherwise be isolated in different departments, the opportunity to discuss their ideas and build new collaborations.

  • PARLAY 2015

PARLAY 2015 took place on Friday 11th September 2015 at the Humanities Research Center, University of York. The conference attracted more than 40 delegates and involved 31 oral and poster presentations by postgraduate and early career researchers. Professors Leah Roberts (University of York) and Andrew Linn (University of Sheffield) were the plenary speakers at the conference, selected for their world-leading research that falls both within different fields of linguistics and within different theoretical frameworks. Their selection served a strategic objective of the PARLAY conferences, namely the cross-fertilization of ideas between different linguistic and linguistic-related fields. Professor Leah Roberts presented her crossdisciplinary research on processing and acquisition of pronouns in real-time first and second language learners. On the other hand, Professor Andrew Linn gave a talk on nordic language policy which focuses on parallelingualism in Norway and Sweden. Dr Luca Rognoni from the world-renowned Appen run a workshop on Praat, a tool necessary for linguistic research. Finally, during the drinks reception that followed the conference, Speakwithit showcased how linguistic research based applications can be used for the benefit of our society.

  • Future Activities

We are now preparing a proceedings volume that will include papers based on all the high-quality research presented at PARLAY 2015. This will give members of the network the opportunity to disseminate their research to a wider academic audience.

Our next event, PARLAY 2016 will take place on 2nd September 2016 and will feature talks by Professors Richard Ogden (University of York) and Emma Moore (University of Sheffield).

To participate you may:

  • submit an abstract and present your research at PARLAY 2016
  • participate in PARLAY 2016 as a delegate
  • organise PARLAY 2017

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