Here you can see an introduction to the English Language and Linguistics degree here at UWE Bristol for the virtual open day taking place in June 2020.

Descriptive and prescriptive grammar

by Jeanette Sakel

I was at the annual meeting of the Association for National Teaching Fellows in Birmingham these last two days – and not only did I learn a lot about playful pedagogies and show a poster about my short video summaries for language, but I also produced a short video on descriptive and prescriptive approaches to language. Here it is:

The value of humanities and social sciences: Petros Karatsareas

by Jeanette Sakel

Our British Academy (BA) Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Petros Karatsareas is appearing in a high profile video produced by the BA to strengthen the fields of humanities and social sciences. Petros talks about his research project and its impact – together with another 3 BA Postdoctoral Fellows:


Soundfile for Sakel & Everett

by Jeanette Sakel

A slightly different blogpost: here is the sound file for Sakel & Everett ‘Linguistic Fieldwork’, to be used with chapter 2.1 (on Mosetén). This is going to be relevant to level 1 students in TB2, but also others interested in fieldwork (to be used in conjunction with the book): Sakel, Jeanette & Daniel Everett Linguistic Fieldwork – a student guide. Cambridge University Press.

Landing a floatplane in the Amazon

by Jeanette Sakel

You may ask: what has that to do with language?

Well, when you are doing fieldwork in the Amazon – that’s probably the most comfortable way to travel (and one, I have to add, I only experienced at a later stage, after having braved riding on the backs of pick-up trucks, in military airplanes, by boat and even going on foot. There are many ways to the field – and it can take quite a while to get there!

So, when I worked in a research team (with Dan Everett) and we had the chance to take a float plane to the Pirahã (flown by Dan’s son in law) – it was an amazing luxury! Here is a video of our landing on the river Maici – a tributary to the Madeira (and, eventually, the Amazon) – on our way to the field:

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