Professor Jane Stuart-Smith
- Professor (English Language and Linguistics)
- Laboratory Phonology
- Historical linguistics
- phonological variation and change (especially in the Glasgow accent, and English more generally)
- articulatory sociolinguistics (Seeing Speech, Dynamic Dialects)
- ethnicity, bilingualism and language variation
- influence of the broadcast media on language change
- sound change over time in Glaswegian (Sounds of the City)
My first degree was in Classics at University College London, where I also studied Sanskrit and Comparative Philology with Paddy Considine. After working in publishing (Pergamon Press; Oxford University Press, OUP), I went to Oxford University and took the MPhil in Comparative Philology and General Linguistics (1991), and then a DPhil (1996) in historical phonology. My work was the first to apply contemporary phonetic theory to a set of sound changes reconstructed from Proto-Indo-European into the ancient languages of Italy (Phonetics and Philology, OUP 2004). During my MPhil, I was introduced to Experimental Phonetics and Sociolinguistics, especially Language Variation and Change, and I shifted my research focus to observing sound change in progress and understanding how sounds convey and reflect social meaning. This perspective was broadened by my work as an ESRC Research Fellow on a psycholinguistic research project on bilingualism and literacy acquisition in young Panjabi-English speaking-children, at the School of Education at the University of Birmingham (1996).
In 1997 I moved to north to Glasgow, where - with Mike MacMahon, Rachel Smith, and our postdocs and research students - I established the lively research group at the Glasgow University Laboratory of Phonetics (GULP). A highlight for us all was hosting the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, ICPhS 2015, at the SECC, in Glasgow (10-14 August 2015), with our Scottish phonetics colleagues from the Universities of Edinburgh, Strathclyde and Queen Margaret University Edinburgh, which encouraged over a thousand of the world's phoneticians to come to Scotland for a stimulating and enjoyable conference.
My research considers the many relationships between speech and society, including:
- sound change: to date I have managed three exernally-funded projects on sound change, focussing on Glaswegian vernacular, moving from an apparent-time, variationist sociolinguistic study, Accent Change in Glaswegian (1999), to my current research on real-time change over the course of the 20th century (How stable is the standard? Carnegie Trust, 2015; Sounds of the City Leverhulme Trust, 2011-14). My latest project, Speech Across Dialects of English, exploits technological advances to expand the scope to phonetic variation and change in Old and New World English over the 20th century, with colleagues Morgan Sonderegger (McGill), Jeff Mielke, Erik Thomas, Robin Dodsworth, Paul Fyfe (North Carolina State), Tyler Kendall (Oregon), and Joe Fruehwald (Edinburgh). I am fortunate to collaborate with many colleagues on my work on sound change, including: Brian Jose (Indiana State University), Ludger Evers (Glasgow: Mathematics and Statistics), Rachel Macdonald (Glasgow), Robert Lennon (Glasgow), Teresa Neocleous (Glasgow: Mathematics and Statistics), Tamara Rathcke (Kent), Claire Timmins (Strathclyde), Duncan Robertson (York, UK), Morgan Sonderegger (McGill), Marton Soskuthy (York, UK). A recent extension of this work has been to consider aspects of Scottish English in the input of early New Zealand English, with Lynn Clark, Jen Hay, and Kevin Watson (Christ Church, NZ).
- influence of the broadcast media on language change: This research strand developed from my first Glasgow project in 1999, and led to my ESRC-funded project,Is television a contributory factor in accent change in adolescents? (2002-5), which was the first systematic investigation of the impact of watching TV on speech. I continue to collaborate with Claire Timmins (Strathclyde) and Ichiro Ota (Kagoshima) on this research. Understanding how speakers parse speech without the possibility of interaction led to the collaborative PhD project carried out by Vijay Solanki, Brains in Dialogue, with Alessandro Vinciarelli, Rachel Smith, Pascal Belin and Guillaume Rousselet.
- articulatory sociolinguistics: Another direction from the 1999 project was to investigate the articulatory nature of sociolinguistic variation and change using Ultrasound Tongue Imaging. This research, carried out with colleagues Jim Scobbie and Eleanor Lawson (Queen Margaret University Edinburgh), began with Looking variation and change in the mouth: developing the sociolinguistic potential of Ultrasound Tongue Imaging (ESRC, 2007-9), then Seeing the links in the speaker-hearer chain (ESRC, 2011-14), and now Changes in shape, space and time: the impact of position on the spatiotemporal and configurational articulatory properties of liquid consonants (ESRC, 2016-18). This work has also motvated collaborative projects to develop open-access online resources with auido-visual films showing speech production in action: Seeing Speech, Dynamic Dialects (AHRC 2014-15; Carnegie Trust, 2011-13).
- sociophonetics: I have also carried out research projects on different aspects of social accents, including: Glasgow Asian ('Glaswasian'), spoken by Panjabi-heritage Glaswegians (with Farhana Alam, Glasgow; Claire Timmins, Strathclyde), ejectives in Scottish English (with Owen McCarthy, Notre Dame High School) and the 'Glasgow Uni' accent (with Andrew MacFarlane, formerly York, UK).
- 2013-: Professor of Phonetics and Sociolinguistics, University of Glasgow
- 1998-: Director, Glasgow University Laboratory of Phonetics (GULP)
- 2005-13: Reader in English Language, University of Glasgow
- 1997-2005: Lecturer in English Language, University of Glasgow
- 1996: ESRC Research Fellow, School of Education, University of Birmingham (Phonological processing and literacy skills in bilingual/biliterate children; Principal Investigator: D.M.Martin)
- 1983-6: University College London: First Class B.A. Honours degree in Classics
- 1989-91: M.Phil in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology, Christ Church, Oxford (Supervisor: Anna Morpurgo Davies, Somerville College; British Academy, 1989-91)
- 1991-6: D.Phil. in Historical Phonology The development of the Indo-European voiced aspirates in Italic: A philological and phonetic assessment (Supervisors: J. H. W. Penney, Wolfson College, John Coleman, Director of Phonetics Laboratory, Oxford University; British Academy, 1991-2)
- 1991-2: Christ Church College
- 1992: Fieldwork in Italy, funded by the British School at Rome
- 1993-6: Somerville College
- University College London
- 1984: Webster Prize for Greek
- 1985: Long Prize for Greek
- 1986: Postgate Prize for Classical Philology
- University of Oxford
- 1992-3: Levick Sisters' Senior Scholarship in Philology, Somerville College
Previous Employment (non-academic)
- 1991-4: Oxford University Press: English Phonetics Editor, Oxford-Hachette French Dictionary
- 1987-9: Oxford University Press: Assistant Editor, Classics and Theology, Arts and Reference
- 1987: Pergamon Press: Administrative Assistant, Sales and Marketing (Books)
- I have taken two six-month periods of maternity leave, in 1999 and in 2001-2.
- 2017-2020: Speech Across Dialects of English (SPADE). J. Stuart-Smith (Overall PI), CIs: J. Fruehwald; M. Sonderegger (Canada); US: J. Mielke, E. Thomas, R. Dodsworth, T. Kendall, P. Fyfe (US). ~ £800k FEC/or equivalent.
- 2016-18: Economic and Social Research Council: Changes in shape, space and time: the impact of position on the spatiotemporal and configurational articulatory properties of liquid consonants. Principal applicant: E. Lawson; co-applicant: J. Scobbie; co-applicant: J. Stuart-Smith. ES/N008189/1. £197,099 FEC.
- 2015: Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant: How stable is the standard? Principal Applicant: J.Stuart-Smith. £7,421.16
- 2014-15: Arts and Humanities Research Council: Dynamic Dialects: Integrating articulatory video to reveal the complexity of speech. Principal applicant: J. Stuart-Smith, co-applicants J. Scobbie, D. Beavan, G. Leplatre. AH/L010380/1. Research Fellows: S. Nakai, then E. Lawson. £232,382 FEC.
- 2011-14: Leverhulme Trust: Fine phonetic variation and sound change: A real-time study of Glaswegian (Sounds of the City). Principal applicant: J. Stuart-Smith, co-applicant. B. Torsney, then Ludger Evers and Tereza Neocleous [Mathematics and Statistics]; co-applicant: C. Timmins. Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant: RPG-142. Research Fellows: T. Rathcke, then R. Macdonald; B. Jose. £236,682.
- This project has established an open-access web resource for teachers, pupils, students and the general public interested in learning about sound change
- Our research findings have been featured in The Conversation and then The Guardian.
- Tamara Rathcke now has a permanent Lectureship at the University of Kent.
- Brian Jose now has a permanent Associate Professorship at Indiana State University.
- 2011-14: Economic and Social Research Council: Seeing the links in the speaker-hearer chain: An investigation of the transmission of articulatory variation using Ultrasound Tongue Imaging. RES-062-23-3246.Principal applicant: J. Scobbie, co-applicant: J. Stuart-Smith, co-applicant: E. Lawson. £227,536 FEC.
- 2011-13: 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. Carnegie Trust Larger Grant, £38,682.
- 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.¥456,000 + airfare (approx £4000).
- 2011: First Step Award, Glasgow University Innovations Fund: April-September 2011: Micro-Phonics – 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 applicant: J. Stuart-Smith; Research Assistants: C. Timmins, F. Alam £5,470.
- 2007-9: Economic and Social Research Council: Looking variation and change in the mouth: developing the sociolinguistic potential of Ultrasound Tongue Imaging. RES-000-22-2032. Principal applicant: J. Scobbie, co-applicant: J. Stuart-Smith, Research fellow: E. Lawson £100,000 FEC: evaluation: Outstanding.
- 2006: Royal Society of Edinburgh: Caledonian Research Fellowship/Royal Society of Edinburgh Visiting Scholars Fellowship: research visit to Hannover FreieUniversitaet, September – December 2006: £3600.
- 2004-7: Arts and Humanities Research Board (Resource Enhancement Scheme): ‘Scottish Corpus of Texts and Speech (SCOTS). APN17387. Principal applicant: J. Corbett, co-applicant: J. Stuart-Smith; co-applicant: C. Kay. £309,944 FEC.
- 2004: John Robertson Bequest, University of Glasgow: Empirical evidence for gendered speech production: /s/ in Glaswegian. £1,500.
- 2002-5: Economic and Social Research Council: Is TV a factor in accent change in adolescents. R000239757. Principal applicant: J. Stuart-Smith; ESRC research fellow: C. Timmins. £123,760.15: evaluation: Outstanding.
- Claire Timmins now has a Lectureship at the University of Strathclyde
- Claire Timmins now has a Lectureship at the University of Strathclyde
- 2002 (awarded 2001, delayed by maternity leave): Arts and Humanities Research Board: Research Leave Grant: Accent change in Glaswegian. £7,658.
- 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. £19,140.
- 1996: British Academy: Overseas Conference Grant to attend SALA 18 in New Delhi. £672.
I acted as Mentor to the following grant, held by Rachel Smith: 2009-11: Timing in Accents of English, ESRC First Grant.
I supervise postgraduate students at doctoral and masters levels in phonetics, sociophonetics, and sociolinguistics, and currently have 100% completion rate for my PhD students. The majority of my PhD students are now have posts in academia. I welcome applications from students keen to work in these areas. Postgraduate students working with me enjoy excellent facilities in the Glasgow University Laboratory of Phonetics, with many opportunities for meeting visiting scholars and speakers.
Current PhD students
- Florent Chevalier (2017-), Speaker dynamics as a mechanism of sound change: A real-time study of speech accommodation and sound change in Glaswegian (with Sylvie Hanote, University of Poitiers)
- Ebtehal Asiry (2017-), Phonological variation in the regional English of Yemeni Arabic heritage speakers
- Julia Moreno (2016-), 'Tut-tut' or 'Tsk tsk'? A sociophonetic study of clicks in Glasgow (with Rachel Smith)
- Fabienne Westerberg (2015-), An articulatory and acoustic study of Viby-i, ESRC (joint with Eleanor Lawson/Jim Scobbie, QMU)
- Craig Alexander (2014-), Recovering the dynamics of talk: tracking temporal dependence in multilevel models for speech. Lord Kelvin/Adam Smith Scholarship Scheme (joint with Ludger Evers and Tereza Neocleous [Mathematics and Statistics])
- Ewa Wanat (2014-), Rhythm Matters: The role of rhythm in a computer assisted learning tool (Micro-phonics), AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award (joint with Rachel Smith)
Completed PhD students
- Robert Lennon (2013-17) , The effect of experience in cross-dialect perception: parsing /r/ in Glaswegian, ESRC (joint with Rachel Smith)
- Vijay Solanki (2012-17), Brains in dialogue: Cerebral processing of speech in conversation, Lord Kelvin/Adam Smith Scholarship Scheme (lead with Rachel Smith, Guillaume Rousselet [Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience], Alessandro Vinciarelli [Computing Science])
- Ninik Poedjianto (2000-15), Production and perception of foreign accent (awarded pending corrections, 2 March 2016)
- Farhana Alam (2007-15), Language, identity and ethnicity in Asian girls in Glasgow, ESRC
- Duncan Robertson (2011-15), Implicit sociolingustic cognition, ESRC (lead with Rachel Smith, Christoph Scheepers [Psychology]). Duncan is now working as a postdoc on the TUULS project at the University of York.
- Claire Nance (2009-2013), Transmission of Scottish Gaelic in the modern world, Lord Kelvin / Adam Smith Scholarship Scheme (joint with Robby O’Maolalaigh [Celtic and Scottish Gaelic], Andrew Smith [Sociology]). Claire now has a permanent Lectureship at the University of Lancaster.
- Cassie Smith-Christmas (2008-12), Code-switching and language maintenance in a Gaelic-speaking family in Skye (with Robby O’Maolalaigh [Celtic and Scottish Gaelic). Cassie has just gained a Lectureship at the University of Limerick, after working as a researcher at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
- Ellen Bramwell (2006-2012), Naming in Society: A cross-cultural study of five communities in Scotland, ESRC. Ellen has just completed her second postdoc on the Metaphor in the Curriculum project at the University of Glasgow.
- Robert Lawson (2005-9), Sociolinguistic constructions of identity among adolescent males in Glasgow, ESRC. Robert now has a permanent lectureship at the Birmingham City University.
- Suzy Orr (2003-7), ‘Hanging on the Telephone’ A Sociophonetic Study of Speech in a Glaswegian Call Centre, ESRC. Suzy is now the E-Learning Development Manager for Law at the University of Glasgow.
Completed Masters students
Former Masters students include:
- Sam de Smith (2000-4), Auditory and articulatory analysis of voice quality (MLitt)
- Owen McCarthy (2010-11), Ejective realisations of phrase final plosives in Glaswegian high school girls (MPhil)
- Sheona Gardner (2004-5), Welsh/English codeswitching in adolescents (MPhil)
- Karen Torrance (2001-2), Language attitudes and language change in Glasgow, AHRB (MPhil)
Teaching at the University of Glasgow
- Level 1: Analysing Pronunciation; Varieties of English
- Honours (equivalent to Level 3 and 4):
- Phonetics: Introductory Concepts (PIC)
- Phonetics: Advanced Concepts (PAC)
- Sociolinguistics (SOC)
- Methods in Sociolinguistics of Variation (MSV)
- Honours Dissertations
- Taught Masters: Experimental Phonetics; Sociolinguistics
- Taught Masters Dissertations
Invited Expert Tuition on International Summer Schools
- July 2015: advanced course at the Linguistics Society of America (LSA) Summer Institute, University of Chicago: Influence of the media on language change
- September 2011: Bergen Doctoral Summer School, University of Bergen, 20-23 September 2011: Language and the media
- July 2011: Glasgow Summer School for Sociolinguistics, English Language, University of Glasgow, 4-9 July 2011: Language and the media
- June 2011: Copenhagen Summer School for Sociolinguistics, LANCHART, University of Copenhagen, 6-10 June 2011: Sociophonetics, with N. Pharao
Guest Professorships/International Teaching
- December 2016: Guest Professor, Anglistik - Englisches Seminar, Leibnitz University Hannover: Intensiv Kurs: Sounds and social meaning
- October 2014: Guest Professor, Anglistik - Englisches Seminar, Leibnitz University Hannover: Intensiv Kurs: Sounds and social meaning
- October 2006: I co-taught a bilingual German/English University course on the impact of the media on language change with Jannis Androutsopoulos, at Leibnitz University Hannover.
Commissions of Trust
- Elected Member of the Council for the International Phonetic Association (2015-19)
- Vice President of the Permanent Council for the Organisation of ICPhS
- Elected President of the British Academic Association of Phoneticians (2014-)
- Member of REF2014 Panel D, 28: Modern Languages and Linguistics
- Commonwealth Scholarships Commission (2014-)
- Re-elected as a member of the AHRC Virtual College (2012-)
- AHRC Virtual College (2006-12)
- AHRC Grants Board for Modern Languages and Linguistics (June 2010)
- ESRC First Grants Board (2007, 2008, 2009)
- ESRC Virtual College for Management, Psychology, Linguistics and Education (2002-2005)
- I review grant bids for the following funding bodies: Arts and Humanities Research Council, Belgian Research Council, British Academy, Canadian Research Council, the Carnegie Trust, Centre National de le Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Economic and Social Research Council (also Rapporteur), Leverhulme Trust, Marsden Research Scheme (New Zealand), National Science Foundation, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research; South African Research Council.
- I have acted as Tenure Track Assessor for: Chicago University; Ohio State University; Stanford University; University of Trondheim
- I am often asked to review journal articles and book proposals for: Cambridge University Press, Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, English Language and Linguistics, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Journal of the International Phonetic Association, Journal of Phonetics, Journal of Sociolinguistics, Laboratory Phonology, Language and Society, Language Variation and Change, Oxford University Press, Phonetica
Journal Editorial Boards
- 2010-: Journal of the International PhonExteretic Association
- 2014-: Language in Society
- 2010-2015: Chair of the Local Organizing Committee for the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences - ICPhS 2015, hosted by a Scottish Consortium of four universities (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Strathclyde and Queen Margaret University Edinburgh), held at the SECC, Glasgow, 10-14 August 2015 (1006 delegates).
- MA in Sociolinguistics, Sociolinguistics of the Arab World, University of Essex, 2014-
- MA in Phonetics, University College London, 2010-2013.
- MA in Language, History and Society, University of Sheffield, 2009-13.
- BA in Linguistics/English Language, Department of Linguistics and English Language, University of Manchester, 2008-10.
- MA in English Language, Department of English Language, University of Edinburgh, 2005-9.
- MA in Phonetics, Department of Linguistics and Phonetics, University of Leeds, 2004-7.
- iPhD in Phonetics and Phonology, University of Newcastle (February 2016-)
- The role of social factors in bilingual speech processing: The case of Galician New Speakers, Gise Tome Lourido, University College London, 7 October 2017
- Sound change and social meaning: The perception and production of phonetic change in York, Daniel Lawrence, University of Edinburgh, 13 September 2017
- Regional variation and innovation in Punjabi-accented English Jess Wormald, University of York, 12 April 2016
- The activation of non-target phonological knowledge in bilingual language processing: Fine-grained usage and bilingual variance. Joanna John, Kings College London, 15 September 2015
- Voice Quality Features in the Production of Pharyngeal Consonants by Iraqi Arabic Speakers, Wasah Alsiraih, University of Newcastle, 3 April 2013
- Meaning in English: L2 attitudes, choices and pronunciation in Norway, Ulrikke Rindal, University of Oslo, Norway, 2 May 2013
- Cues to vowels in the aperiodic phase of English plosive onsets, Kai Nyman, University of York, 19 January 2012
- Feature Patterns – their sources and status in grammar and reconstruction, Brett Miller, University of Cambridge, 14 January 2011
- Lexical frequency and Sound change in Danish, Nicolai Pharao, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, January 2010
- Pharyngealization in Lebanese Arabic, Hussain Kriba, University of Newcastle, December 2009
- A Sociolinguistic Ethnography of Selwyn Girls High, Katie Drager, University of Christ Church at Canterbury, NZ, April 2009
- Qualité de voix et accents régionaux en anglais britannique, Marion Coadou, University of Aix en Provence, France, 24 November 2007
- Phonetic distinctiveness as a sociolinguistic variable, Kevin Heffernan, University of Toronto, Canada, 17 April 2007
- Language change and Variation in Palestinian Arabic, Jamal Al Shareef, Department of Linguistics and Phonetics, University of Leeds, 15 August 2002
- ‘Sound perspectives? Speech and speaker dynamics over a century of Scottish English’, International Congress of Linguists, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 2-6 July 2018.
- 'Title to be confirmed', Society of Scottish Studies, University of Paris 13, 16-18 November 2017.
- 'Title to be confirmed', Phonetics and Phonology in German-speaking countries (P&P2017), Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Berlin, 26-28 September 2017.
- ‘Through the looking glass: Changing perspectives on gender and the /s S/ contrast in Glasgow’, Innovative Methods in Sociophonetics II, Satellite workshop to Fourth Workshop on Sound Change, University of Edinburgh, 19 April 2017
- ‘A tale of one city: A sociophonetic study of 100+ years of Glaswegian vernacular’, Colloquium Series, Linguistics Department, University of Michigan, 24 March 2017.
- ‘Reaping the rewards: Insights from doing sociophonetic research across the recorded history of an urban dialect’, Doing Sociophonetic Research, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, 8-10 February 2017.
- 'A tale of one city: A sociophonetic study of 100+ years of Glaswegian vernacular’, English-speaking towns/cities: memoirs and narratives,Université Jean Monnet, St Étienne 20-21 October 2016.
- ‘Speech on Safari’, Experimental Approaches to the Perception and Production of Language Variation (ExAPP 2016), University of Vienna, 21-24 September 2016.
- ‘Look who’s talking now! Social dynamics and phonetic variation’, Laboratory Phonology 15, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, July 13-16, 2016.
- ‘A dynamic acoustic view of real-time change in word-final liquids in spontaneous Glaswegian’. One of four invited talks for Discussant Session on Sociophonetics. ICPhS 2015, Glasgow, 10-14 August 2015.
- ‘Does TV change the way we speak?’, World Leading Scholars in Language Variation and Change Lecture series, University of Sheffield, 13 May 2015.
- ‘Bring hither the fatted coo! A real-time study of sound change in Glaswegian across the 20th century’, PAC Workshop, Université Jean Jaures Toulouse, 9-13 April 2015.
- ‘Twa son, some soldiers, and a city: An investigation of real-time change in Scottish English’, Australasian Speech Science Technology Association Conference, New Zealand Institute for Language Brain and Behaviour, 3-5 December 2014.
- ‘Bridging the gap: The role of style in language change linked to the broadcast media’, Roundtable on ‘Language, Style and Broadcast Media’, Copenhagen University, 12-13 June 2014.
- ‘Social Factors and Sound Change’, Third Workshop on Sound Change, University of California at Berkeley, May 2014.
- ‘No longer an elephant in the room...: The influence of the media on sound change’, International Conference on Spoken English: theme: Spoken English and the Media, University Université Paris 13 - Sorbonne Paris Cité, 4-5 April 2014.
- Panel discussant: ‘The social meaning of /s/: A cross-linguistic perspective’, ICLaVE7, Trondheim, June 2013.
- ‘Socio-indexical factors in sound change actuation: Discussant’, Workshop on Sound Change Actuation, University of Chicago, 17-18 April 2013.
- ‘Human communication – or not? Experiencing speech without the possibility for interaction’, Human dialectology and animal communication, GIPSA, Grenoble, 4-6 March 2013.
- ‘Sounds without borders/Sons sans frontiers: exploring sociophonetic variation in Scottish English’, Colloque International de Jeunes Chercheurs en Linguistique/International Conference of Young Researchers in Linguistics, University of Strasbourg France, 6-8 June 2012.
- ‘Theory, method and practice: exploring the relationship between spoken language in the media and speech change in society’, Japan Dialect Levelling Project Meeting, National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, Tachikawa, Tokyo, 8-9 December 2011.
- ‘He’s fae Walford, Ah’m from Glasgow: Phonological variation and change and Factor X (the television)’, UKLVC10, Edge Hill, 11-14  September 2011.
- ‘Sound change and the influence of the television’, Distinguished Visiting Speaker, Department of Linguistics, Ohio State University, 6 May 2011.
- ‘To interact or not to interact: a challenging question for sociophonetics’, Variation in Language Processing, University of Chester, 13-15 April 2011 [cancelled because of illness].
- ‘Working with sociophonetic data: A case study from Scottish English’, Problems and Possibilities in Sociophonetics, University of Sheffield, 16 March 2011.
- ‘Derhoticisation in Scottish English – the story so far’, Sociophonetics – at the crossroads of speech variation, processing and communication, Scuola Normale Superiore, University of Pisa, 14-15 December 2010.
- ‘News from the North: Some sociophonetic data from Scottish English and their implications for phonology’, PAC Workshop, Montpellier, 13-14 September 2010.
- ‘Detail and abstraction in sociophonology: Some data from Scottish English’, 18th Manchester Phonology Meeting, 20-22 May, 2010.
- ‘Recent research in sociophonetics: Evidence from Scottish English’, Phonetici Phonologici Dies, Centro di Competenza Lingue, Libera Università di Bolzano, 9-12 March 2009.
- ‘Phonological variation and change in British Panjabi’, BAAL/CUP Seminar, Researching the Indic languages diaspora in Britain, University of York, 19-20 October, 2002.
- ‘Should variationists worry about the influence of TV on speech?’, UKLVC3, University of York, 19-22 July 2001.
- 'Title to be confirmed', Linguistics Seminar, University of Newcastle, 2 November 2017.
- 'Title to be confirmed', Seminar Series, New Zealand Institute of Language, Brian, and Behaviour, University of Canterbury, ChristChurch, 13 October 2017.
- 'A tale of one city: A sociophonetic study of 100+ years of Glaswegian vernacular', Linguistic Society, University of Cambridge, 16 March 2017.
- 'Bring hither the fatted coo!’ A real-time study of sound change in Glaswegian across the 20th century. Linguistic Circle, University of Edinburgh. 19 March 2015.
- On the impact of noise on vowel formants’. Special Session ‘Of vowels and “systems”’. Methods in Dialectology XV. 11 August 2014.
- ‘No longer an elephant in the room: The influence of broadcast media on sound change in Scottish English’, Sociolinguistic Lunch, Stanford University. 4 June 2014.
- ‘The rhotic-derhotic continuum: A sociophonetic journey’, GIPSA, Grenoble, 13 December 2012 [cancelled due to illness].
- ‘Social factors and ejectives in Scottish English’, Phonetics of non-pulmonic sounds, 7-9 October 2012, Jena [cancelled due to lack of funding for workshop].
- (with T. Rathcke), ‘Getting our BOOTs on: Some preliminary findings from the Glasgow real-time project’, LANCHART Centre, University of Copenhagen, 7 June 2012.
- ‘Variation and change in Scottish English and the influence of the media’, Joint Association of College English Teachers Meeting, Fukuoka University, Fukuoka, 17 December 2011.
- ‘Lessons we can learn from sociophonetics: the case of postvocalic /r/ in Scottish English’, Phonetics and Phonology research group, Hiroshima University, Higashi-Hiroshima, 15 December 2011.
- ‘Perspectives on sociophonetics: data from Scottish English: Part i: speech variation and social meaning; Part ii: experiencing speech without social interaction.’ Graduate Linguistics seminar International Christian University, Mitaka, Tokyo, 8 December 2011.
- ‘What does watching television have to do with language change? Some recent evidence from Glasgow, Scotland’, Phonetics and Phonology seminar, Tsukuba University, Tsukuba, 7 December 2011.
- ‘Does watching TV alter the way you speak? Empirical evidence from an urban dialect’, Research Colloquium: National Institute of Japanese Language and Linguistics, Tachikawa/Tokyo, 6 December 2011.
- ‘Sound change and the influence of the television’, Stanford Linguistics Seminar, 13 May 2011.
- ‘An experimental investigation of responding to speech with or without interaction’, University of Stanford, 12 May 2011.
- ‘The fate of postvocalic /r/ in Scottish English: the story so far’, Sociolinguistics Lunch, Stanford, 11 May 2011.
- ‘The fate of postvocalic /r/ in Scottish English: the story so far’, Phonology Laboratory, University of California at Berkeley, 10 May 2011.
- ‘Individuals, language change and television’, Changelings – Historical Linguistics Seminar, Ohio State University, 6 May 2011.
- ‘To interact or not to interact?’, So mean – Sociolinguistics Seminar, Ohio State University, 6 May 2011.
- ‘Considering the development of the PIE voiced aspirates in Italic’, Comparative Slavonic Class, Ohio State University, 4 May 2011.
- ‘The rhotic-derhotic continuum in Scottish English: Recent sociophonetic data from the Central Belt’, General Linguistics Seminar, University of Oxford, 7 March 2011.
- ‘Style, stance, sound change and the media’, LANCHART Centre, University of Copenhagen, 28 January 2010.
- ‘Style and stance and the influence of television on sound change’, Edinburgh Linguistic Circle, University of Edinburgh, 11 January 2010.
- ‘The social distribution of clicks’, Workshop on Clicks, Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York, 9 October 2009.
- ‘Understanding media-influenced language change’, Research Seminar, Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York, 28 May 2009.
- ‘Language change and the media: The stylistic dimension’, Language, Discourse and Communications Seminar, Department of Education, King’s College London, 4 December 2008.
- ‘Looking for Gender in Glasgow’, IGALA5, University of Wellington, NZ, 4 July 2008.
- ‘Television and language change: Evidence from Glasgow’, Hauptseminar für Soziophonetik, Institut für Phonetik und Sprachverarbeitung, Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität München, 28 May 2008.
- Discussion of data on TV and accent change, University of Toronto, 18 April 2007.
- Is Mockney creeping north? Investigating the impact of TV on language change’, Centre for Mass Communications Research, University of Leicester, 7 March 2007.
- ‘A social basis for sound change? Television and accent change in Glasgow’, Hauptseminar für Soziophonetik, Institut für Phonetik und Sprachverarbeitung, Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität München, 20 December 2006.
- ‘From Cockney to Jockney? The role of television in accent change in Modern Urban Scots’, History of Scots Seminar, University of Giessen, 14 December 2006.
- ‘We fink, so we are from Glasgow: TV and accent change in Glaswegian’, Research Seminar, Department of Linguistics, Radboud University Nijmegen, 12 December 2006.
- ‘The Glasgow media project: accent change and television’, Medien und Sprachwandel/Media and Language Change, Department of German, University of Hannover, 23 November 2006.
- ‘Investigating the role of TV in accent change: TH-fronting in Glaswegian’, MA Seminar, Outline of a history of the Danish speech community, 1999-2000, Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics and Department of Scandinavian Studies, University of Copenhagen, 3 October 2006.
- (with C. Timmins, G. Pryce) ‘Bart Simpson lives in York and speaks Glaswegian: Accents, attitudes and imitation in Glaswegian adolescents’, Research Seminar, Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York, 24 May 2005.
- (with C. Timmins, G. Pryce) ‘Investigating the effects of television on change in urban accents:The story so far’, Research Seminar, Department of Linguistics and English Language, University of Lancaster, 15 March 2005.
- (with C. Timmins) ‘Investigating the role of television as a factor in language change’, Research Seminar, FachbereichLiteratur- und Sprachwissenschaft, University of Hannover, 16 November 2004.
- (with C. Timmins) ‘Analysing the language of television: The case of media-Cockney’, Paper presented as part of Seminar für Medienlinguistik, University of Hannover, 15 November 2004.
- (with C. Timmins) ‘Investigating the effects of mobility on language variation and change’, Research Seminar, Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex, 4 November 2004.
- ‘Complex consonants: interpreting phonological variation and change in Glaswegian’, Linguistics and Phonetics Seminar, University of Leeds, 16 March 2004.
- 'Talkin' Jockney': variation and change in Glaswegian’, Linguistics Seminar, University of Aberdeen, 9 March 2004.
- ‘Sabellian phonology’, Cambridge Italic seminar, 18 February 2004.
- ‘Changing consonants: insights from a contemporary spoken corpus’, The Philological Society, University of Manchester, 21 November 2003.
- ‘Bad language crosses the border: Accent change in Glaswegian’, OED Forum, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 4 November 2003.
- ‘Nae bovver: Accent change in Glaswegian’, Linguistic Circle, University of Edinburgh, 30 October 2003.
- 'Nae bovver: What's happening to Glaswegian?', Linguistics Seminar (English Literature, Language and Linguistics), University of Newcastle, 19 February 2003.
- (with P. Probert), 'How far can we rely on Sanskrit? Comparison and phonetics', Graduate Seminar in Comparative Philology, University of Oxford, 14 November 2000.
- (with E. Lawson), ‘A sociophonetic investigation of the ‘Scottish’ consonants (/x/ and /hw/) in the speech of Glaswegian schoolchildren’, P-Workshop, University of Edinburgh, 2 March 1999.
- (with K. K. Dhesi), “Variation and change in the realization of lexical tone in ‘British’ Panjabi”, Linguistics Seminar, Department of Linguistics and Phonetics, University of Leeds, 25 November, 1998.
- (with D. Martin), "Phonological processing and literacy development in Panjabi/English children', Linguistics Seminar, Department of Speech and Language, University of Newcastle, 21 November 1996.
- (with M. Cortina-Borja), "A preliminary investigation of tone in British Panjabi", Linguistics Seminar, School of Oriental and African Studies, 29 October 1996.
- “Phonetics and the evaluation of reconstructed sound change”, General Linguistics Seminar, Department of Linguistics, University of York, 25 January 1996.