Dr Matt Hunt Gardner

Departmental Lecturer in Sociolinguistics

Research Interests: how variability is embedded in the grammatical system, and how this embedding interacts with sociolinguistic variation and shapes linguistic change; the interplay of phonetics and phonology, and how variation or change for one influences variation and change for the other; the history and trajectory of North American English varieties, with a focus on the peripheral varieties of the Canadian Maritime provinces (especially Cape Breton English) and their connection to Scottish and Irish English varieties; linguistic homogenization and supralocal/pan-varietal/global linguistic change; the relationship between grammatical variability and speech processing; quantitative research methods in sociolinguistics, including using new technologies for collecting data.

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