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Dr Ellen Smith-Dennis provides expert comment in Coventry Telegraph Article

A recent article from the Coventry Telegraph highlights a map showing the most popular languages spoken in Coventry. The article includes a comment from Associate Professor in Linguistics at the University of Warwick, Dr Ellen Smith-Dennis, who said: "Changes in speaker numbers may reflect changes in migration patterns in and out of the city, but they may also reflect language shift, which is a process whereby speakers change from using one language as their primary language of communication to using another language."

"Coventry is one of the most linguistically diverse regions in England; if we exclude London, then Coventry is the ninth most linguistically diverse county in England. This is something to be celebrated: a person maintaining their first language is important for cultural identity, well-being, community cohesion and social inclusion, and language skills have significant value in education, business and other sectors, and are consequently vital to economic growth.”


Mon 10 Jul 2023, 11:42

Laughter really is the best medicine research finds

Laughter and humour are potent tools that can significantly impact our wellbeing, according to research conducted by Professor Stephanie Schnurr and Yanyan Li, at the University of Warwick's Department of Applied Linguistics, who have shown how laughter and humour can be incorporated into our lives to achieve greater wellbeing.

Their research studies on laughter and humour in both the workplace and in health-related circumstances show that they possess remarkable properties that can alleviate worry, diminish feelings of isolation, and instil a sense of control over one's mental and emotional state, acting as a natural pressure value.

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Mon 26 Jun 2023, 16:56

Project partnership with Football Association of Wales

University of Warwick academics including Dr Kieran File, Associate Professor from the Department of Applied Linguistics and the Football Association of Wales announce project partnership to study communication during live matches.

Wed 22 Mar 2023, 11:35

Tony Liddicoat appointed as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

Many congratulations to Professor Tony Liddicoat on becoming a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. The Academy’s Fellowship is made up of distinguished individuals from academic, public, private and third sectors, across the full spectrum of the social sciences. Through leadership, scholarship, applied research, policymaking, and practice, they have helped to deepen the understanding of, and address, some of the toughest challenges facing our society and the world.

Mon 13 Mar 2023, 16:36

Warwick Esports team in the top three at the 'Oscars of Esports'

We’re delighted that Warwick Esports ranked second in the world in The Esports collegiate Programme of the year and as well as this, our Head of Esports, Jack Fenton (Applied Linguistics alumnus in BA Language, Culture and Communication, 2020) placed third as Esports Collegiate Ambassador of the Year. Read more about the team and their achievements hereLink opens in a new window.

Fri 13 Jan 2023, 16:22 | Tags: LCC

What constitutes teacher expertise? New research points to the answer

Ever wondered what constitutes as teacher expertise in primary and secondary school?Link opens in a new window

Assistant Professor Jason Anderson, of the Department of Applied Linguistics, has conducted the largest ever review of teacher expertise, which includes data from over 1,000 teachers from around the world in primary and secondary school education. Read more about the study hereLink opens in a new window and the 73 common features in expert teachers that have been identified.

Thu 12 Jan 2023, 14:16

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