Professor Jennifer Smith
- Professor of Sociolinguistics (English Language & Linguistics)
- Language Variation and Change
- Scottish dialects
- Colonial Englishes
- Acquisition of variation
- Narrative analysis
- Variation and syntactic theory
Professor Jennifer Smith graduated in Linguistics from Durham (MA) and York (PhD). Her research is in sociolinguistics and language variation and change, focussing on dialect morphosyntax, particularly in varieties of Scots. She has directed a number of ESRC, AHRC and British Academy funded projects, and is currently Director of The Scots Syntax Atlas, a major new digital resource for the analysis of speech patterns across Scotland.
- 2021-2022: Speak for Yersel: Mapping Scots in the 21st Century Classroom. Arts and Humanities Research Council. Principal Investigator.
- 2015-2019: The Scots Syntax Atlas. Arts and Humanities Research Council.
- 2013-2016: One speaker, two dialects: bidialectalism across the generations in a Scottish community. Economic and Social Research Council.
- 2009-2010: Bidialectalism or dialect death? Young speakers and language change in Lerwick, Shetland. British Academy Research Grant.
- 2007-2009: Construction des Connaissances Langagières, Diversité des Usages, Contextes Sociolinguistiques. French National Agency for Research.
- 2007-2009: Stability vs change in a Shetland dialect: Evidence from three generations of speakers. Economic and Social Research Council.
- 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 Research Grant.
- 2003-2005: Caregiver, community and child in the acquisition of variation. Economic and Social Research Council.
- 2002-2003: Caregiver, child and community in acquisition of variable dialect forms. Innovation and Priming Research Fund, University of York.
- 1997-2000: From Synchrony to Diachrony in the Evolution of English. Research Studentship, Economic and Social Research Council.
I welcome applications from students working in the area of language variation and change.
Past and present students include:
Eman Abdulrahman Alzahrani: Codeswitching and its functions in bilingual classrooms
Cheery Chien: Changing attitudes toward varieties of English by non-native speakers: A view from Taiwan
Margie Ferguson: The acquisition of dialect in young children
Miriam Krause: Singin’ wi’ a Scots tongue: a study of linguistic variation in Scottish Indie music.
Sophie Holmes-Elliott: London Calling: assessing the spread of metropolitan features in the south east
Sadie Ryan: Language, Migration and Identity at School: a sociolinguistic study of Polish adolescents in Glasgow
- Alasiri, Ebtehal Ali A
Intra-ethnic variation in London and Glasgow Iraqi English: A sociophonetic study
- Alzahrani, Eman Abdulrahman A
Code-Switching and its function in bilingual classrooms
- Coeyman, Louis
Scots language revitalisation in the 21st century
- Craik Nicoll, Jennifer
Determinants and impact of wellbeing during university
- Ferguson, Margaret
Sociolinguistic study of dialect acquisition in young children in south west Scotland
- McNulty, Erin
Language Ideologies and Morphosyntactic Variation in New Speakers of Manx Gaelic
- Children and language
- The Linguistics of Scots
- Language and Social Media
- Methods in Linguistic Variation
- Research Convenor, English Language and Linguistics
- External Examiner, including the University of Sheffield, Queen Mary University, London, Lancaster University, Open University.
- PhD Examiner, including Newcastle University, Trinity College, Dublin (2014) and Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense.
- Member of the ESRC Virtual College.
- Assessor for applications to the National Science Foundation and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
- Journal article reviewer, including Language Variation & Change, Journal of Sociolinguistics, Journal of Child Language, Journal of Linguistics.
- Monograph reviewer for Mouton, CUP and OUP.
- Editorial Board member: Journal of Linguistics