Hannah Leach

Hannah Leach, Teaching Fellow in Phonetics & Phonology (SELLL)
Email: hannah.leach@newcastle.ac.uk
Website: hannahleach.co.uk

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Sociolinguistics; phonetic and phonological variation and change; language, class and industry

I investigate phonetic and phonological variation and change in the accent of Stoke-on-Trent, with particular focus on speakers who work(ed) in its world-famous pottery industry. I am interested in the meaning behind sociolinguistic variation, and so combine quantitative and qualitative methods to examine inter- and intra-speaker variation according to social categories, style and topic. I work on oral history data, and am keen to explore the impact of doing linguistic work on such data, and to connect my research with museums and the general public.