I am currently working with a colleague, Rob Drummond, on a research project investigating and celebrating the accents and dialects of Greater Manchester. It seeks to help us understand the ways in which our use of language makes us who we are, and to uncover the underlying perceptions of accents and dialects from across the ten boroughs of the region. More details can be found on our website and on our Facebook page.
As part of the Manchester Voices project, I was awarded a Research Accelerator Grant by Manchester Metropolitan University in May 2016 to investigate perceptions of urban language varieties in the UK’s ‘second city’.
My PhD thesis, entitled A Social-Psychological Study of Foreign Learners’ Attitudes and Behaviours towards Model Varieties of English Speech, explored the relationship between language attitudes and language use amongst second-language (L2) learners of English. In particular, I looked at how Spanish learners of English perceived and produced accent variation in the L2. I adopted and adapted a social-psychological model for attitude-behaviour relations to examine whether learners’ English pronunciation could be predicted from direct and indirect measures of their language attitudes. A copy of my PhD thesis is available here.
During my doctoral studies, I was awarded Santander Universities funding to support my fieldwork in Spain.
Undergraduate and Master’s Research
During my undergraduate and taught postgraduate studies, I did a number of research projects on various topics, ranging from macro-sociolinguistic research on language and nation in the Iberian peninsula and Spain’s language academies and minority languages to micro-sociolinguistic research on grammatical gender in French, Gujarati-English bilingualism in the UK, TH-fronting in East Central Scotland and the acquisition of lexical variation amongst Spanish learners of English.