Colloquium Lectures

Cutting-edge languages, linguistics and TESOL research, relevant to your modules, delivered in an accessible style, and organised by the York St John Linguistics Society.

The Colloquium Series is a forum in which guest lecturers present their latest language-based research. We are privileged to host academics which are experts their field. The Colloquium breaks with tradition as we open the series to students, staff and the public to engage with and enjoy!

Please see below for ticketsand the dates and topics of our upcomming lectures. This semester, the Colloquium will be running fortnightly between Wednesday 6th February - Wednesday 3rd April 2019.


In 2007, Dr Andrew Merrison had a slightly radical idea – to create a guest lecture series with a difference: not an elitist event for academic staff only; not even a semi-elitist event for staff and postgraduate students; but rather, a platform for the dissemination of cutting-edge research of nationally and internationally recognised scholars to be presented in a way that would be access-able to an undergraduate audience. We are very pleased and quite proud to now offer such an inclusive experience which provides our undergraduate (and postgraduate) students with access to a much wider academic community.

 Andrew delivered the inaugural Colloquium Lecture for English Language & Linguistics in October 2007. Since then, these publicly accessible, circa 75-minute lectures have been delivered on a fortnightly basis during term time. Ten and a half years later, there have been 107 such events which have had 111 talks provided by 92 different speakers representing 38 institutions from several countries: Canada, Japan, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The USA as well as from all corners of the UK (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales – we have even had several speakers from Lancashire). And, naturally, many speakers have been from God’s Own Country, and of course, York St John in particular – 15 staff, 3 postgraduates but also 1 undergraduate (twice)!

 And then there’s the social side. After every lecture, we invite the speaker and anyone else who wants to come, to go out for dinner at a local Italian restaurant. We regularly have between 12–20 people sitting down at dinner. Interacting. Being people. Our students engage with these internationally acclaimed academics. And they engage back. And invariably, we are very pleased (and proud) to repeatedly hear from our visiting speakers how great they think our students are. We are proud, we are pleased, but we are not surprised: because we already know how great they are – and we’ve known it for a long long time!

Upcoming Lectures (2019)

Wednesday 6th February 2019

Colloquium Lecture by Danijela Trenkic (University of York)

Language and literacy skills of home and international students: How different are they, and does it matter?

17:15 - 18:30 in De Grey Lecture Theatre (DG017)

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Wednesday 20th February 2019


17:15 - 18:30 in De Grey Lecture Theatre (DG017)

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Wednesday 6th March 2019

Colloquium Lecture by Catrin Rhys (Ulter University)

Making the case for interactional analysis of discourse markers: 'sure' in Northern Irish English.

17:15 - 18:30 in De Grey Lecture Theatre (DG017)

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Wednesday 20th March 2019

Colloquium Lecture by Philip Garnett (University of York)

Word Frequency Analysis for Measuring Change.

17:15 - 18:30 in De Grey Lecture Theatre (DG017)

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Wednesday 3rd April 2019

Colloquium Lecture by Mark McGlashan (Birmingham City University)

Same-sex parents in children's picturebooks: examining representations and their place in the ciriculum.

17:15 - 18:30 in De Grey Lecture Theatre (DG017)

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Past Lectures

31 January 2018

Colloquium Lecture by Chisato Danjo (York St John University)

Making sense of family language policy: Japanese-English bilingual children's creative and translingual practices.


14 February 2018

Colloquium Lecture by Dawn Archer (University of Manchester)

What pragmatics can offer beyond the classroom: with a specific focus on crisis negotiation.


14 March 2018

Colloquium Lecture by Derek Bousfield (Manchester Metropolitan University)

"Grab 'em by the pussy!" - the phoenix-like return of 'locker room talk' online. 

NB: subject matter is of a sensitive nature.


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