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Here's why you hear Laurel (or Yanny) - Reading in the news Thu 17 May

Release Date 17 May 2018

Professor Jane Setter explains why some people hear 'Yanny' and others 'Laurel'

Here is today's media report.


Yanny or Laurel?: Good Morning Britain on ITV (5 mins 20 secs) interviewed Professor Jane Setter (English Language and Linguistics) about the latest internet craze – a sound clip which divides listeners on whether they hear ‘Yanny’ or ‘Laurel’. Professor Setter also spoke to the Telegraph and BBC Radio 5 Live (22mins27 secs)about the phenomenon.

English after Brexit: The Sunday Politics Show on BBC One (57 mins 30 secs) spoke to Professor Jane Setter (English Language and Linguistics) at the weekend about how Brexit will affect the speaking of English across Europe, and which other languages might increase in prominence.

Thieving squirrels: BBC South (20 mins 30 secs) interviewed Professor Mark Fellowes (Biological Sciences) in the Harris Garden about his new research showing how much bird lovers are spending every year on bird food stolen by squirrels. Read our news story.

Ozone depletion: The Guardian, BBC Online and Bloomberg quotes Dr Michaela Hegglin (Meteorology) on research by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) showing chemicals linked to the depletion of the ozone layer are on the rise again. This followed a News and Views expert review piece by Dr Hegglin published by the journal Nature. The comment piece is also referenced in articles worldwide, including DotEmirates, MSN, the New Zealand Herald and South China Morning Post.

Sexual equality: The Wire runs a piece originally co-written for The Conversation by Dr Joseph O’Mahoney (Politics and International Relations) on how Britain’s colonial history is still affecting LGBT rights around the world.

Undiscovered Roman poetry: History Revealed Magazine runs a story on research by Professor Peter Kruschwitz (Classics) that led to the identification of a rare line of Roman poetry on an altar fragment in a temple, a century after it was discovered

Other coverage

  • A repeat of Digging for Britain on BBC Two joins Dr Jim Leary (Archaeology) in the Vale of Pewsey, investigating an early Neolithic long barrow monument. Read our news story
  • Research contributed to by Reading (GES), showing South American forests thought to have originated due to climate change were actually planted by people in ancient communities, is reported in Science Daily, Brinkwire, and EurekAlert in the US, and ScienMag, Bright Surf and Health Medicine Network in the UK
  • Get Reading use a video interview with Vincenzo Raimo, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement, in an article introducing the sponsors of the Pride of Reading Awards, in which the University is sponsoring the Young Person of the Year category
  • Study International use guidance from the University of Reading in an article on what international students should bring with them when they start at university


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