Language variation and change
Exploring linguistic variation and change, with a particular focus on quantitative models
Our research interests cover many areas of linguistics, including phonetics, historical phonology, historical syntax, syntactic variation, dialectology, sociolinguistics, and computational linguistics.
The group is inherently interdisciplinary and invites membership from any interested researchers in or around the University of Edinburgh community. Our members are interested in patterns of variability at all levels of linguistic structure. We share an interest in both synchronic and diachronic variation, with the goal of developing empirical models of variation and change.
Staff who work in this area include:
|Dr Claire Cowie||
World Englishes; language contact; morphological productivity; pragmatics
|Professor Lauren Hall-Lew||Sociolinguistics; sociophonetics; phonetic methods; English variation and change; language and ethnicity; language and tourism|
|Professor Caroline Heycock||Syntactic variation and change|
|Dr Patrick Honeybone||Historical phonology; phonological theory; northern Englishes|
|Dr Christian Ilbury||Youth language; language, gender and sexuality; ethnography; digital communication|
|Dr Pavel Iosad||Theoretical phonology; phonological interfaces; historical phonology; Celtic languages; Germanic languages|
|Dr Warren Maguire||Dialectology; varieties of English and Scots; phonetic and phonological variation and change|
|Professor Mits Ota||First and second language acquisition; phonology|
|Professor Graeme Trousdale||Historical linguistics; language variation and change|
PhD and MSc by Research programmes
For more information about postgraduate study in language variation and change, contact Dr Lauren Hall-Lew.
Meetings will be hybrid this year. Please check the LEL events page for location information. For more information about this year's meetings, contact Lauren Hall-Lew or Christian Ilbury or visit the research seminar event pages.