- language variation and change, particularly at the level of phonetics and phonology
- accents of English
External research grants:
2011-2014. ‘Variation and change in the vowel system of Manchester’; Economic & Social Research Council: £99,939; PI
2009-2011. ‘Phonological variation and change in African American Vernacular English’; British Academy: £5766; PI
2009. ‘The role of gender and social class in the loss of phonemic distinctions’; Arts & Humanities Research Council Research Leave grant: £25,060; PI
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