Testing the AU Phon group’s audiometer.

Hello there!
I’m an AUFF Postdoctoral Fellow working within the area of language variation and change at Aarhus University in Denmark. Here at Aarhus I’m part of the English department, where there’s a small but steadily growing community of phoneticians (see here for more details). I am also an affiliate of the AU Centre for Irish Studies

In my current postdoc (2019-2021) I’m working with Míša Hejná (the PI) on a project which aims to tease apart biological, social and chronological age in studies of language variation and change. The project is methodology-oriented, and we’re working on ways in which the linguist can operationalise differen aspects of age in order to quantify the effects of social and biological ageing. We’re working with speakers of Newcastle English and Aarhus Danish (although data collection has, of course, been impacted by the coronavirus crisis).

Previously, I’ve worked as a Carlsberg Foundation postdoc at AU on a project detailing intonational innovation in post-referendum Belfast. Here, I took a more sociophonetic angle to variation. This focus followed on from my PhD work (2012-2016) at the University of Cambridge, where I was supervised by Bert Vaux and Francis Nolan. This work detailed the co-variation of intonational, ethnolinguistic and stylistic phenomena in Sydney Englishes.

Research interests:

  • Intonation and other aspects of prosody
  • Experimental phonetics and phonology
  • Language variation and change
  • Sociolinguistics
  • World Englishes, especially postcolonial varieties