Modern English Language

Modern English Language

Glasgow colleagues are active in individual research in every area of Modern English Language studies, from phonetics and phonology through grammar and discourse studies to lexicology and semantics, and we also have access to numerous large electronic datasets available for exploitation in research.  The School is a leading centre for Corpus Linguistics, There are cross-School synergies with colleagues working on Scots and Scottish English, and on historical English Language, most notably on language variation and change.

The School has special strengths in sociolinguistics, with several major ESRC-funded projects such as Stability versus Change in a Shetland Dialect and the recently-awarded One Speaker, Two Dialects projects, and researchers work closely with colleagues in the School of Psychology, e.g. through the AHRC-funded STACS project.  There is a cross-theme interest in both Modern and Historical English Language clusters in linguistic variation and change.

Experimental phonetics is a major strength.  The School operates a well-equipped and recently-upgraded experimental phonetics laboratory, Glasgow University Laboratory Phonetics (GULP), with an associated Speech Studio.  In 2011 GULP hosted an international colloquium, followed by a Scotland-wide Knowledge Exchange Day for students of speech therapy and phonetics, building on our partnership with Micro-phonics Ltd.; and in 2013 the Carnegie Trust selected the Seeing Speech project to represent its funding programme at an exhibition in the Scottish Parliament (subsequent funding will develop Seeing Speech as the Dynamic Dialects project). These projects featured at an all-day Glasgow Digital Humanities network workshop (2013), building on links established at the recent College Industry Day.

Glasgow Digital Humanities

Is Television a Contributory Factor in Accent Change in Adolescents?
Mapping Metaphor
Rhythms in Scotland
Seeing Speech
Scots Words and Place-names
Scottish Corpus of Texts and Speech (SCOTS)
Stability versus change in a Shetland dialect
Stylistics, text analysis and cognitive science (STACS)
Sounds of the City

Timing in Accents of English
Ultrasound Tongue Imaging Resource
Word Webs

Associated staff:

Catherine Emmott

Dr Catherine Emmott

Reader (English Language & Linguistics)

Research interests: Discourse Analysis, Text Analysis, Stylistics, Cognitive Stylistics, Literary Linguistics, Pragmatics

Jane Stuart-Smith

Professor Jane Stuart-Smith

Professor of Phonetics and Sociolinguistics (English Language & Linguistics)

Research interests: Phonetics, Sociophonetics, Sociolinguistics, Bilingualism, Multilingualism, Minority Ethnic Languages

Jennifer Smith

Professor Jennifer Smith

Professor of Sociolinguistics (English Language & Linguistics)

Research interests: Linguistics; sociolinguistics; dialect; syntax

Marc Alexander

Professor Marc Alexander

Professor of English Linguistics (English Language & Linguistics)

Research interests: Semantics, Lexicology, Digital Humanities, Corpus Linguistics, Historical Thesaurus Of English, Stylistics, Cognitive Linguistics, Lexicography, Dictionaries, Thesauri, Metaphor, Pragmatics, Computational Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Legal Interpretation

Rachel Smith

Dr Rachel Smith

Senior Lecturer (English Language & Linguistics)

Research interests: phonetics, speech perception, experimental phonetics, accents, voices, synaesthesia, rhythm, sociophonetics

Wendy Anderson

Professor Wendy Anderson

Professor of Linguistics (English Language & Linguistics)

Research interests: Semantics, Metaphor, Conceptual Metaphor Theory, Corpus Linguistics, French Linguistics, Lexicography, Historical Thesaurus Of English, Discourse Analysis, Genre Analysis, Grammar Of English, Digital Humanities, Language And Culture