Varieties of English
In particular, varieties of Northern English (e.g. Yorkshire, Scouse, Geordie, etc.). I am interested in issues relating to the phonetics and phonology of these varieties (i.e. how they differ from Southern British English).
I also focus on attitudes towards and perceptions of these varieties (e.g. do people think these varieties sound nice or not, do they associate them with sounding 'posh', or 'lazy', etc. What social values do they associate with these varieties of English, and why?).
I normally convene and teach on the module ENGL107 Introduction to Language Study. I also contribute to ENGL106 Attitudes to English. In addition, I convene ENGL308 Varieties of Northern English.
I am interested in how language operates in society. As such, I focus on the links between language forms and social meanings, social personae, characterological figures associated with particular social and linguistic stereotypes, etc.
I contribute to and teach on the module ENGL276 Language in Society.
History of English
In particular the later modern period (1750-1945). I have a particular focus on the nineteenth century, especially how Yorkshire dialect was enregistered to historical audiences during the Industrial Revolution (see Cooper 2013, 2015).
I contribute teaching to ENGL221 History of English: Variation and Change.