On July 1, 2016, the linguistics division of the Institut für Anglistik/Amerikanistik welcomed Master- and PhD-students from the Universities of Bonn and Giessen to Würzburg for the first ‘Nachwuchstagung für Englische Linguistik’, NEL-1, a conference for young researchers in English linguistics. Organised by Prof. Dr. Carolin Biewer and her staff, the conference aimed at providing a platform for exchanging ideas and feedback for young researchers of the three universities involved, but also – and not less importantly – it was designed to remind young scholars that they are not alone in their struggles for academic success.
The nine presentations covered various linguistic subfields, such as the phonetics and phonology of language acquisition, culture and the lexicon of World Englishes, the role of motivation in language learning, and methods and perspectives of discourse analysis in forensic linguistics. In addition, a number of Master- and PhD-students as well as postdoctoral researchers presented their research projects during a poster session.Despite the tightly packed schedule, there was plenty of time to socialise and network during a potluck lunch prepared by the English linguistics staff from Würzburg University – as well as over dinner at a nearby Greek restaurant. We very much hope that NEL will become a valuable tradition for many generations of junior researchers to come.
From Beowulf to New Englishes to the way Madonna drops her /r/s – on September 16, 2016 the Institute of English Linguistics Würzburg was host to the 6th FJUEL – Forum Junge Englische Linguistik in Bayern – during which young linguists showed how varied, new, and exciting linguistic research can be. 27 people, all of them graduate students and post-doc researchers, gathered for a day packed with 13 talks, during which presenters had the opportunity to talk about their ongoing work, and discuss theories, methods, and results with their peers.
On the next day the conference was complemented by a workshop on general research methods (i.e., quantitative vs qualitiative, diachronic vs. synchronic), and on how to do research with pre-existing as well as self-compiled corpora using regular expressions. This workshop was held by Ninja Schulz and Patrick Maiwald.