Professor Jane Stuart-Smith
- Professor (English Language)
- Laboratory Phonology
- Sociolinguistics (language variation and change, bilingualism)
- Real-time change in Glaswegian
- Glasgow accent
- Impact of the broadcast media on language change
- ethnic accents of English (British Asian, 'Glaswasian')
- British varieties of Asian languages (Panjabi)
- Historical linguistics
Dr Jane Stuart-Smith is a Professor in English Language and Director of the Glasgow University Laboratory of Phonetics. She is the author of a number of articles on: variation and change in Glaswegian accent, the impact of the broadcast media (television) on language variation and change, the sociophonetics of British Asian accents, the phonetics and phonology of British varieties of Panjabi, the acquisition of literacy in Panjabi/English bilingual children, historical linguistics and sound-change. She is author of Phonetics and Philology: Sound Change in Italic (OUP 2004), co-editor of The Edinburgh Companion to Scots (2003) (with J. Corbett and J.D. McClure), and was the English phonetics editor for the Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary (1994). She is currently writing a monograph on the influence of the media on language change: Mediating the local: The role of television for a changing urban vernacular, Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics, OUP.
Dr Stuart-Smith is currently running two projects, one looking at how Glaswegian accent has changed since the 1970s (Sounds of the City), funded by the Leverhulme Trust, with Claire Timmins, Ben Torsney, Tamara Rathcke and Brian Jose, and the other –with a number of collaborators across Scotland, and especially Eleanor Lawson – to develop an online resource for teaching articulatory phonetics – funded by the Carnegie Trust. She is also working with Jim Scobbie and Eleanor Lawson on an ESRC-funded project to investigate further the transmission of articulatory variation, using Ultrasound Tongue Imaging to look particularly at derhoticization in Scottish English (Seeing the links in the speaker-hearer chain). And she is working with Rachel Smith to help Microphonics develop their innovative computer-literacy tool to help learners of English as a Second Language (Encompass, First Step Award).
She has previously directed research on aspects of variation and change in Glaswegian accent, first a Leverhulme-funded project, Accent Change in Glaswegian (1999), and following from that – and in order to investigate the role of the broadcast media on language variation and change – Is television a contributory factor in accent change in adolescents? (ESRC, 2002-2005). She then worked with Jim Scobbie and Eleanor Lawson at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh, on Looking variation and change in the mouth: developing the sociolinguistic potential of Ultrasound Tongue Imaging funded by the ESRC (2007-2008), and with Claire Timmins and Farhana Alam, on 'Investigating Ethnic Accents: An acoustic phonetic analysis of Glasgow Asian', funded by the British Academy (2008).
2012: Encompass (First Step Award), Glasgow University Innovations Fund: April-September 2011: Effectiveness of Micro-phonics Pronunciation Coach software. Principal applicant: J Stuart-Smith, co-applicant: R. Smith
2011: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: JSPS Invitation Fellowship Program for Research in Japan (Short-Term), Invitation from: Ichiro Ota (Kagoshima University). ID No. S-11114.
2011-14: Leverhulme Trust: Fine phonetic variation and sound change: A real-time study of Glaswegian (also Sounds of the City), Principal applicant: J. Stuart-Smith, co-applicant. B. Torsney; co-applicant: C. Timmins
2011: ESRC: Seeing the links in the speaker-hearer chain: An investigation of the transmission of articulatory variation using Ultrasound Tongue Imaging. Principal applicant: J. Scobbie, co-applicant: J. Stuart-Smith, co-applicant: E. Lawson
2011: Carnegie Trust: An online Ultrasound Tongue Imaging resource for Phonetics, Linguistics, and Speech Therapy teaching at Scottish Universities, Principal Applicant: J. Stuart-Smith, co-applicants: J. Scobbie, A.Turk, M. Durham, C. Timmins, D. Beavan. RA: Eleanor Lawson
2011: First Step Award, Glasgow University Innovations Fund: April-September 2011: Microphonics – a computer-aided literacy tool. Principal applicant: J Stuart-Smith, co-applicant: R. Smith
2008: British Academy: Investigating ethnic accents: an acoustic analysis of Glasgow Asian, principal/sole applicant: J. Stuart-Smith; Research Assistants: Claire Timmins, Farhana Alam
2007-9: Economic and Social Research Council: Looking variation and change in the mouth: developing the sociolinguistic potential of Ultrasound Tongue Imaging, Grant No RES-000-22-2032, principal applicant: J. Scobbie, co-applicant: J. Stuart-Smith, research fellow: E. Lawson
2006: Royal Society of Edinburgh: Caledonian Research Fellowship/Royal Society of Edinburgh Visiting Scholars Fellowship: research visit to Hannover Freie Universitaet, September – December 2006
2004-7: Arts and Humanities Research Board (Resource Enhancement Scheme): Scottish Corpus of Texts and Speech (SCOTS), Grant no. APN17387, principal applicant: J. Corbett, co-applicant 1: J. Stuart-Smith; co-applicant 2: C. Kay
2004: John Robertson Bequest, University of Glasgow: Empirical evidence for gendered speech production: /s/ in Glaswegian
2002-5: Economic and Social Research Council: Is TV a factor in accent change in adolescents, Grant no. R000239757, principal/sole applicant: J. Stuart-Smith; ESRC research fellow: Claire Timmins
2002 (awarded 2001, delayed by maternity leave): Arts and Humanities Research Board: Research Leave Grant: Accent change in Glaswegian
1999: Leverhulme Trust; Accent change in Glaswegian: A sociophonetic investigation, (F/179/AX): principal applicant: J. Stuart-Smith; co-applicant: F. Tweedie; research assistant: C. Timmins
Dr Stuart-Smith supervises postgraduate students at doctoral and masters levels in phonetics, sociophonetics, and sociolinguistics. She welcomes postgraduate applications in these areas, and in bilingualism, particularly in Asian languages spoken in the UK, such as Panjabi.
Current PhD students:
Vijay Solanki (2012-), Brains in dialogue: Cerebral processing of speech in conversation, Lord Kelvin / Adam Smith Scholarship Scheme (with Rachel Smith, Pascal Belin, Alessandro Vinciarelli)
Robert Lennon (2012-) , The effect of experience in cross-dialect perception: parsing /r/ in Glaswegian, ESRC (with Rachel Smith)
Duncan Robertson (2011-), Implicit sociolingustic cognition, ESRC (with Rachel Smith, Christoph Scheepers)
Louisa Cawley (2009-), Voice quality in forensic research, York University (with Peter French, JP French Associates)
Claire Nance (2009-), Transmission of Scottish Gaelic in the modern world, Lord Kelvin / Adam Smith Scholarship Scheme (with Robby O’Maolalaigh, Andrew Smith)
Farhana Alam (2007-), Language, identity and ethnicity in Asian girls in Glasgow, ESRC
Ninik Poedjianto (2000-), Production and perception of foreign accent
Former PhD students:
Cassie Smith-Christmas (2008-12), Code-switching and language maintenance in a Gaelic speaking family in Skye (with Robby O’Maolalaigh)
Ellen Bramwell (2006-2012), Naming in Society: A cross-cultural study of five communities in Scotland, ESRC
Robert Lawson (2005-9), Sociolinguistic constructions of identity among adolescent males in Glasgow, ESRC
Suzy Orr (2003-7) – ‘Hanging on the Telephone’ A Sociophonetic Study of Speech in a Glaswegian Call Centre, ESRC
Former MLitt student:
Sam de Smith (2000-4), Auditory and articulatory analysis of voice quality
Former MPhil students include:
Owen McCarthy (2010-11), Ejective realisations of phrase final plosives in Glaswegian high school girls
Sheona Gardner (2004-5), Welsh/English codeswitching in adolescents
Karen Torrance (2001-2), Language attitudes and language change in Glasgow, AHRB
Dr Stuart-Smith is currently the Pathway Coordinator for the Scottish Graduate School Doctoral Training Centre postgraduate training, Social and Applied Investigations in Language (SAIL). She was a member of the ESRC Virtual College for Management Psychology Linguistics and Education (2002-5), the ESRC First Grants Panel (2007, 2008, 2009), and is currently serving on the AHRC Peer Review College. She will be a member of the REF 2014 Panel D:28, Modern Languages and Linguistics. She is also an Associate Editor for the International Journal of the Phonetics Association.