Experience Week Activities

Week 6 (4th – 8th November 2019) is Experience week, and BA English Middlesex students will have no regular classes. Instead we have planned the following activities for you on Wednesday, 6th November. It will be a great opportunity for you to develop new skills, network and meet students and graduates from other programmes.

When? Wednesday, 6th November

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Unlimited Potential freshers festival

A full day of workshops and an opportunity to meet students on other programmes. Festival will include a sound-inspired creative writing workshop, and a series of wellbeing workshops aimed to improve your independent living skills, confidence, managing anxiety, relaxation techniques etc.

11.00 – 12.30 pm, GG38       ‘Hearing Narratives’

Creative Writing workshop. Book your space – https://doodle.com/poll/arqvngu73zn53cgr

2.15 – 3.15, G229              ‘Mind over Mood’

An overview of depression/low mood and anxiety, how thoughts, feelings and behaviours are all interconnected. Learning effective coping strategies to better manage low mood and anxiety. Relaxation techniques. Book your space here – https://doodle.com/poll/m23wriew2zp955wc

3.30 – 4.30, G229             ‘Life skills’

Independent living skills for students – budgeting, eating well, travel, physical health, mental health awareness, self-care, prioritisation. Book your space here – https://doodle.com/poll/i4zdreaqyn4nyrm7

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Employability event for 2nd and 3rd year students

5.15-6.30 pm, C207 ‘Careers in Communications: Stories of our Alumni’

Alumni from our journalism programmes are coming to campus to tell you their stories of getting graduate level jobs in the communications industry. The line up includes a BBC radio producer, freelance magazine writer, multimodal journalist for MailOnline, public relations manager and business development executive. Come along and learn how those who were only recently in your shoes got jobs in the comms industry. Register NOW here.

“PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE”: THE CASE OF LINGUISTIC HUMOUR

The Language and Communication research cluster is delighted to announce a presentation by Ilham Taghiyev (Khazar University, Azerbaijan), on the case of linguistic humour.

When? Friday 23rd November 2018, 14.30 – 15.30

Where? Room V105, Vine building, Middlesex University, London, NW4 4BT

Although humour research can be traced back to Plato and Aristotle, and different disciplines in humanities, viz. psychology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics are involved in suggesting several theories of humor, hitherto none of them has been able to encompass all types and kinds of humour under one theory. Moreover, scholars who mentioned the existence of unintentional humour (Attardo, Raskin, Ross) left the question of distinguishing between intentional and unintentional jokes open. This talk is aiming at demonstrating a different – semiotic approach to ambiguity-based humour research in one respect viz. attempting to find out the relationship between linguistic sign that is ambiguous and unintentionality of humour.

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BIO

Ilham_TaghiyevIlham Taghiyev is a Lecturer in Linguistics at Khazar University, Baku, Azerbaijan. He is currently a visiting researcher at Middlesex, in the English subject area of the Media department. He graduated from Azerbaijan University of Languages and as an international student, attended courses at Delhi University, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and the University of Edinburgh. His research topic is “The Cognitive Properties of English Humour”. He is a participant of scientific conferences and the author of several articles. Currently he is a doctoral research exchange student at Middlesex University. He speaks 4 languages: Azeri (vernacular), English, Russian and Turkish. Besides Linguistics, his sphere of interest (hobby) encompasses ancient civilizations, paranormal cases and abilities, numerology, astrology and ufology.

The Language and Communication Research Seminars are free and open to all staff, students and guests. For any questions or if you would like to lead a session, contact Anna Charalambidou.

Click here to see all 2018-19 Language & Communication research seminars.

Video-recording of Leena Robertson’s presentation

DqvL-U2WoAAidzZ (1)Our first Language & Communication research seminar for this year was a fascinating talk by Leena Robertson, reflecting on her, her team’s and her participants’ journey in finding names for the Romani languages used by the informants of the large ROMtels project.

Excavating naming practices in language research  methodologies: The case of Romani languages in Europe

In addition to providing a glimpse to a group of silenced and unmentioned group of languages, it raised a number of important ethical issues.

Here’s a brief teaser to the presentation:

 

And here is the link to the entire presentation:

 

The Language and Communication Research Seminars are free and open to all staff, students and guests. For any questions or if you would like to lead a session, contact Anna Charalambidou.

Click here to see all 2018-19 Language & Communication research seminars.