About

Like most sociolinguists, I'm interested in the relationship between people and language. More specifically, how do social and linguistic systems interact to constrain and propel language change?

My PhD (awarded 2015) looked at dialect levelling. This is where regional accents lose their more unusual features and people over broad areas start to sound the same as each other - as is the case in the southeast of England. You can find out more about my PhD here.

Following my PhD I held a Postdoc on an ESRC funded project One Speaker Two Dialects (PI Prof Jennifer Smith). You can find out more about the project here or check out the project website: thevariationist.com 

In 2016 I started as a Lecturer in Linguistics in the Modern Languages Department at The University of Southampton

Currently, I am interested in the process of incrementation. This is where children, as they mature into adolescents, increment ongoing changes on a stage further. Essentially, they evolve from language learners and into language leaders and come to represent the leading edge of language change. You can read a recent publication here.

Research interests: language change; sociolinguistics; sociophonetics; regional dialect levelling; incrementation