Professor Jennifer Smith

  • Professor of Sociolinguistics (English Language and Linguistics)

telephone: 01413303171
email: Jennifer.Smith@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

Research interests

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language Variation and Change
  • Scottish dialects
  • Colonial Englishes
  • Acquisition of variation
  • Narrative analysis
  • Variation and syntactic theory

Biography

Professor Jennifer Smith graduated in Linguistics from Durham (MA) and York (PhD). Her research is in sociolinguistics and language variation and change, concentrating on the morphosyntactic features of non-standard dialects through the use of online corpora. She has directed a number of ESRC and British Academy  funded projects, including Caregiver and child in the acquisition of variation, Obsolescence vs stability in a Shetland dialect: evidence from three generations of speakers and One speaker, two dialects: bidialectalism across the generations in a Scottish community. She has conducted research on Scottish dialects and their relationships to colonial Englishes in North America (co-author Sali Tagliamonte, University of Toronto) and also works on the interface between formal theories of language and variation (co-author David Adger, Queen Mary, University of London). She is currently the Principal Investigator on the AHRC funded The Scots Syntax Atlas, a major new digital resource for the analysis of speech patterns across Scotland.

Grants

  • 2015- 2019: The Scots Syntax Atlas. Arts and Humanities Research Council. £ 867,108.
  • 2013-2016: One speaker, two dialects: bidialectalism across the generations in a Scottish community. Economic and Social Research Council Award: £371,000.
  • 2009-2010: Bidialectalism or dialect death? Young speakers and language change in Lerwick, Shetland. British Academy Small Research Grant: £6930
  • 2007-2009: Construction des Connaissances  Langagières, Diversité des Usages, Contextes Sociolinguistiques. French National Agency for Research. Share of £48,000.
  • 2007-2009: Stability vs change in a Shetland dialect: Evidence from three generations of speakers. Economic and Social Research Council Award £98,000.
  • 2007-2008: Do you say hoose or hame? Children and their caregivers in the acquisition of standard and dialect forms in a Scottish community. British Academy Small Research Grant: £6930
  • 2003-2005: Caregiver, community and child in the acquisition of variation. Economic and Social Research Council Award: £45,000.
  • 2002-2003: Innovation and Priming Research Fund, University of York. Pump priming grant (£5000) for pilot study Caregiver, child and community in acquisition of variable dialect forms.
  • 1997-2000: Research Studentship. Economic and Social Research Council. From Synchrony to Diachrony in the       Evolution of English. 3 years fully funded.

Supervision

I welcome applications from students working in the area of language variation and change. Current students include:

Sophie Holmes: London Calling: assessing the spread of metropolitan features in the south east

Cheery Chien: Changing attitudes toward varieties of English by non-native speakers:  A view from Taiwan

Teaching

  • Level 1: Children and Language
  • Level 1: Scots, Children and Language, Varieties of English
  • Level 2: Grammars of Speech
  • Honours: Sociolinguistics, History of Scots
  • PG: Language Variation and Change

Additional information

Administration

  • Head of Subject- English Language, School of Critical Studies, College of Arts.

External responsibilities

  • External Examiner for the University of Sheffield
  • External Examiner for the Open University
  • Advisor on AHRC funded project Language and distinctiveness on the Isles of Scilly. PI Dr Emma Moore, University of Sheffield.
  • Assessor for ESRC large grant applications
  • Assessor for applications to the National Science Foundation

Publications

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Number of items: 28.

2015

Holmes-Elliott, S., and Smith, J. (2015) DRESS-down: /ε/-lowering in apparent time in a rural Scottish community. In: ICPhS 2015: 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, UK, 10-14 Aug 2015,

Holmes-Elliott, S., and Smith, J. (2015) DRESS-Down: /ε/-lowering in Apparent Tme in a Rural Scottish Community. In: XVIII International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. ICPhS 2015, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 10-14 Aug 2015,

2014

Tagliamonte, S. A., Durham, M., and Smith, J. (2014) Grammaticalization at an early stage: future be going to in conservative British dialects. English Language and Linguistics, 18(01), pp. 75-108. (doi:10.1017/S1360674313000282)

Iyeiri, Y. and Smith, J., (Eds.) (2014) Studies in Middle and Modern English: Historical Change. Series: Studies in the history of the English language. Osaka Books: Suita. ISBN 9784990458447

Smith, J. (2014) Foreward. In: Lawson, R. (ed.) Sociolinguistics in Scotland. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, xiii-xiv. ISBN 9781137034700

2013

Smith, J., Durham, M., and Richards, H. (2013) The social and linguistic in the acquisition of sociolinguistic variation. Linguistics, 51(2), pp. 258-324. (doi:10.1515/ling-2013-0012)

2012

Smith, J., and Durham, M. (2012) Bidialectalism or dialect death? Explaining generational change in the Shetland Islands, Scotland. American Speech, 87(1), pp. 57-88. (doi:10.1215/00031283-1599959)

Smith, J. (2012) Scots and varieties of Scots. In: Kortmann, B. and Lunkenheimer, K. (eds.) The Mouton World Atlas of Variation in English. Mouton de Gruyter. ISBN 9783110279887

2011

Smith, J., and Durham, M. (2011) A tipping point in dialect obsolescence? Change across the generations in Lerwick, Shetland. Journal of Sociolinguistics, 15(2), pp. 197-225. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9841.2011.00479.x)

Smith, J. (2011) English and Englishes. In: Seargeant, P. and Swann, J. (eds.) English in the World: History, Diversity, Change. Routledge: London, pp. 197-244.

2010

Adger, D., and Smith, J. (2010) Variation in agreement: A lexical feature-based approach. Lingua Volume, 120(5), pp. 1109-1134.

2009

Smith, J., Durham, M., and Fortune, L. (2009) Universal and dialect-specific pathways of acquisition: Caregivers, children, and t/d deletion. Language Variation and Change, 21(1), pp. 69-95. (doi:10.1017/S0954394509000039)

2007

Smith, J., Durham, M., and Fortune, L. (2007) "Mam, ma troosers is fa'in doon!" Community, caregiver and child in the acquisition of variation in Scottish dialect. Language Variation and Change, 19(1), pp. 63-99. (doi:10.1017/S0954394507070044)

Smith, J. (2007) Methods in sociolinguistic research: syntax and morphology. In: Llamas, C., Mullany, L. and Stockwell, P. (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Sociolinguistics. Routledge: London, UK. ISBN 9780415338493

2006

Smith, J., Durham, M., and Fortune, L. (2006) Caregiver and child in the acquisition of (socio)linguistic norms in a Scottish dialect. In: Bamman, D., Magnitskaia, T. and Zaller, C. (eds.) Proceedings of the 30th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Cascadilla Press: Somerville, USA, pp. 572-583. ISBN 9781574730647

Smith, J., and Tagliamonte, S. (2006) Layering, change and a twist of fate: the deontic modality system in English dialects. Diachronica, 23(2), pp. 341-380.

2005

Smith, J. (2005) Narrative in sociolinguistic research. In: Brown, E.K., Asher, R.E. and Simpson, J.M.Y. (eds.) The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics. Elsevier: Amsterdam, Netherlands. ISBN 9780080442990

Smith, J. (2005) The sociolinguistics of contemporary Scots: evidence from one dialect. In: Kirk, J.M. and Ó Baoill, D. (eds.) Legislation, Literature and Sociolinguistics: Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and Scotland. Cló Ollscoil na Banríona: Belfast, UK, pp. 112-125. ISBN 9780853898740

Smith, J., and Adger, D. (2005) Variation and the minimalist programme. In: Cornips, L. and Corrigan, K. (eds.) Syntax and Variation: Reconciling the Biological and the Social. John Benjamins, pp. 149-178. ISBN 9781588116406

Tagliamonte, S., and Smith, J. (2005) No momentary fancy! The zero 'complementizer' in English dialects. English Language and Linguistics, 9(2), pp. 289-309. (doi:10.1017/S1360674305001644)

Tagliamonte, S., Smith, J., and Lawrence, H. (2005) English dialects in the British Isles in cross-variety perspective: a base-line for future research. In: Filppula, M. (ed.) Dialects Across Borders: Selected Papers from the 11th International Conference on Methods in Dialectology (Methods XI), Joensuu, August 2002. Series: Amsterdam studies in the theory and history of linguistic science. John Benjamins: Amsterdam, Netherlands, pp. 87-117. ISBN 9789027247872

Tagliamonte, S., Smith, J., and Lawrence, H. (2005) No taming the vernacular! insights from the relatives in northern Britain. Language Variation and Change, 17(1), pp. 75-112. (doi:10.1017/S0954394505050040)

Watt, D., and Smith, J. (2005) Language change. In: Ball, M.J. (ed.) Clinical Sociolinguistics. Blackwell: Malden, USA, pp. 101-119. ISBN 9781405112499

2004

Smith, J. (2004) Accounting for vernacular features in a Scottish dialect: relic, innovation, analogy and drift. In: Kay, C., Horobin, S. and Smith, J.J. (eds.) New Perspectives on English Historical Linguistics: Selected Papers from 12 ICEHL, Glasgow, 21-26 August 2002. Series: Amsterdam studies in the theory and history of linguistic science, 1. John Benjamins: Amsterdam, Netherlands, pp. 177-193. ISBN 9789027247650

2003

Tagliamonte, S., and Smith, J. (2003) Either it isn't or it's not: Neg/aux contraction in British dialects. English World Wide, 23(3), pp. 251-82.

2002

Smith, J. (2002) Negative concord in the old and new world: evidence from Scotland. Language Variation and Change, 13(2), pp. 109-134. (doi:10.1017/S0954394501132011)

Tagliamonte, S., and Smith, J. (2002) "Either it isn't or it's not": neg/aux contraction in British dialects. English World Wide, 23(2), pp. 251-281. (doi:10.1075/eww.23.2.05tag)

2001

Smith, J. (2001) "You Ø na hear o' that kind o' things": Negative do in Buckie Scots. English World Wide, 21(2), pp. 231-259. (doi:10.1075/eww.21.2.04smi)

This list was generated on Fri Sep 30 17:22:26 2016 BST.
Number of items: 28.

Articles

Tagliamonte, S. A., Durham, M., and Smith, J. (2014) Grammaticalization at an early stage: future be going to in conservative British dialects. English Language and Linguistics, 18(01), pp. 75-108. (doi:10.1017/S1360674313000282)

Smith, J., Durham, M., and Richards, H. (2013) The social and linguistic in the acquisition of sociolinguistic variation. Linguistics, 51(2), pp. 258-324. (doi:10.1515/ling-2013-0012)

Smith, J., and Durham, M. (2012) Bidialectalism or dialect death? Explaining generational change in the Shetland Islands, Scotland. American Speech, 87(1), pp. 57-88. (doi:10.1215/00031283-1599959)

Smith, J., and Durham, M. (2011) A tipping point in dialect obsolescence? Change across the generations in Lerwick, Shetland. Journal of Sociolinguistics, 15(2), pp. 197-225. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9841.2011.00479.x)

Adger, D., and Smith, J. (2010) Variation in agreement: A lexical feature-based approach. Lingua Volume, 120(5), pp. 1109-1134.

Smith, J., Durham, M., and Fortune, L. (2009) Universal and dialect-specific pathways of acquisition: Caregivers, children, and t/d deletion. Language Variation and Change, 21(1), pp. 69-95. (doi:10.1017/S0954394509000039)

Smith, J., Durham, M., and Fortune, L. (2007) "Mam, ma troosers is fa'in doon!" Community, caregiver and child in the acquisition of variation in Scottish dialect. Language Variation and Change, 19(1), pp. 63-99. (doi:10.1017/S0954394507070044)

Smith, J., and Tagliamonte, S. (2006) Layering, change and a twist of fate: the deontic modality system in English dialects. Diachronica, 23(2), pp. 341-380.

Tagliamonte, S., and Smith, J. (2005) No momentary fancy! The zero 'complementizer' in English dialects. English Language and Linguistics, 9(2), pp. 289-309. (doi:10.1017/S1360674305001644)

Tagliamonte, S., Smith, J., and Lawrence, H. (2005) No taming the vernacular! insights from the relatives in northern Britain. Language Variation and Change, 17(1), pp. 75-112. (doi:10.1017/S0954394505050040)

Tagliamonte, S., and Smith, J. (2003) Either it isn't or it's not: Neg/aux contraction in British dialects. English World Wide, 23(3), pp. 251-82.

Smith, J. (2002) Negative concord in the old and new world: evidence from Scotland. Language Variation and Change, 13(2), pp. 109-134. (doi:10.1017/S0954394501132011)

Tagliamonte, S., and Smith, J. (2002) "Either it isn't or it's not": neg/aux contraction in British dialects. English World Wide, 23(2), pp. 251-281. (doi:10.1075/eww.23.2.05tag)

Smith, J. (2001) "You Ø na hear o' that kind o' things": Negative do in Buckie Scots. English World Wide, 21(2), pp. 231-259. (doi:10.1075/eww.21.2.04smi)

Book Sections

Smith, J. (2014) Foreward. In: Lawson, R. (ed.) Sociolinguistics in Scotland. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, xiii-xiv. ISBN 9781137034700

Smith, J. (2012) Scots and varieties of Scots. In: Kortmann, B. and Lunkenheimer, K. (eds.) The Mouton World Atlas of Variation in English. Mouton de Gruyter. ISBN 9783110279887

Smith, J. (2011) English and Englishes. In: Seargeant, P. and Swann, J. (eds.) English in the World: History, Diversity, Change. Routledge: London, pp. 197-244.

Smith, J. (2007) Methods in sociolinguistic research: syntax and morphology. In: Llamas, C., Mullany, L. and Stockwell, P. (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Sociolinguistics. Routledge: London, UK. ISBN 9780415338493

Smith, J., Durham, M., and Fortune, L. (2006) Caregiver and child in the acquisition of (socio)linguistic norms in a Scottish dialect. In: Bamman, D., Magnitskaia, T. and Zaller, C. (eds.) Proceedings of the 30th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Cascadilla Press: Somerville, USA, pp. 572-583. ISBN 9781574730647

Smith, J. (2005) Narrative in sociolinguistic research. In: Brown, E.K., Asher, R.E. and Simpson, J.M.Y. (eds.) The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics. Elsevier: Amsterdam, Netherlands. ISBN 9780080442990

Smith, J. (2005) The sociolinguistics of contemporary Scots: evidence from one dialect. In: Kirk, J.M. and Ó Baoill, D. (eds.) Legislation, Literature and Sociolinguistics: Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and Scotland. Cló Ollscoil na Banríona: Belfast, UK, pp. 112-125. ISBN 9780853898740

Smith, J., and Adger, D. (2005) Variation and the minimalist programme. In: Cornips, L. and Corrigan, K. (eds.) Syntax and Variation: Reconciling the Biological and the Social. John Benjamins, pp. 149-178. ISBN 9781588116406

Tagliamonte, S., Smith, J., and Lawrence, H. (2005) English dialects in the British Isles in cross-variety perspective: a base-line for future research. In: Filppula, M. (ed.) Dialects Across Borders: Selected Papers from the 11th International Conference on Methods in Dialectology (Methods XI), Joensuu, August 2002. Series: Amsterdam studies in the theory and history of linguistic science. John Benjamins: Amsterdam, Netherlands, pp. 87-117. ISBN 9789027247872

Watt, D., and Smith, J. (2005) Language change. In: Ball, M.J. (ed.) Clinical Sociolinguistics. Blackwell: Malden, USA, pp. 101-119. ISBN 9781405112499

Smith, J. (2004) Accounting for vernacular features in a Scottish dialect: relic, innovation, analogy and drift. In: Kay, C., Horobin, S. and Smith, J.J. (eds.) New Perspectives on English Historical Linguistics: Selected Papers from 12 ICEHL, Glasgow, 21-26 August 2002. Series: Amsterdam studies in the theory and history of linguistic science, 1. John Benjamins: Amsterdam, Netherlands, pp. 177-193. ISBN 9789027247650

Edited Books

Iyeiri, Y. and Smith, J., (Eds.) (2014) Studies in Middle and Modern English: Historical Change. Series: Studies in the history of the English language. Osaka Books: Suita. ISBN 9784990458447

Conference Proceedings

Holmes-Elliott, S., and Smith, J. (2015) DRESS-down: /ε/-lowering in apparent time in a rural Scottish community. In: ICPhS 2015: 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, UK, 10-14 Aug 2015,

Holmes-Elliott, S., and Smith, J. (2015) DRESS-Down: /ε/-lowering in Apparent Tme in a Rural Scottish Community. In: XVIII International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. ICPhS 2015, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 10-14 Aug 2015,

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