Dr Paul Cooper PhD

Lecturer in English Language English

Teaching

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.

Sociolinguistics

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.

Modules for 2022-23

Attitudes to English

Module code: ENGL106

Role: Teaching

Introduction to Language Study

Module code: ENGL107

Role: Module Co-ordinator

LANGUAGE IN SOCIETY

Module code: ENGL276

Role: Teaching

Language and Globalization

Module code: ENGL430

Role: Teaching

Language and Identity

Module code: ENGL697

Role: Teaching

RESEARCH SKILLS FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Module code: ENGL699

Role: Teaching

Single Author/ Special Topic

Module code: ENGL381

Role: Teaching

THE HISTORY OF ENGLISH: VARIATION AND CHANGE

Module code: ENGL221

Role: Teaching

VARIETIES OF NORTHERN ENGLISH

Module code: ENGL308

Role: Module Co-ordinator

VARIETIES OF NORTHERN ENGLISH 2

Module code: ENGL324

Role: Module Co-ordinator