- Lead Curator, Spoken English
- British accents and dialects
- Related Offices
- English Today (Editorial Board)
I am a dialectologist with a particular interest in British accents and dialects. I have worked on two nationwide surveys of regional speech, the Survey of English Dialects and BBC Voices and co-curated the British Library exhibition Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices.
- A Thesaurus of English Dialect and Slang (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)
- East Midlands English [with Natalie Braber] (Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2018)
- Evolving English WordBank: A Glossary of Present-Day English Dialect and Slang (Sheffield: Bradwells, 2015)
- 'Lexical Variation in the BBC Voices Recordings', English Today 28, 4 (2012), pp. 23-37
- 'Voices from the Library: Investigating English through the British Library Sound Archive', English Drama Media 17 (2010), pp. 6-10
- 'Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices', Transactions of the Yorkshire Dialect Society 22, 110 (2010), pp. 42-49
- 'Sounds Round the Towns: the Future of Accents and Dialects in the UK', Quest 105 (2010), pp. 65-73
- 'The Way We Speak: Web-Based Representations of Changing Communities', Oral History Society Journal 33, 2 (2005), pp. 79-90
- ‘I don’t think I have an accent’: exploring varieties of southern English at the British Library. In Wright, L. (ed.). Southern English Varieties Then and Now pp. 237-271 (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2018)
- 'British Library Sound Recordings of Vernacular Speech: They were Lost and Now They are Found', in R. Hickey (ed.), Listening to the Past (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017), pp. 13-38
- 'Voices of the UK: British Library Analysis of the BBC Voices Recordings' [with Jon Herring & Holly Gilbert], in C. Upton and B. Davies (eds), Analysing 21st Century English: Conceptual and Methodological Aspects of the ‘Voices’ Project (London: Routledge, 2013), pp. 137-62
- 'Language Surveys', in K. Malmkjaer (ed.), Routledge Linguistics Encyclopedia (London: Routledge, 2010), pp. 329-36
- Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices. Public exhibition, British Library Paccar Gallery (November 2010 to April 2011)
- Voices of the UK. British Library Audio CD (2010)
- Sounds Familiar?
- SED Incidental Material
- BL Sounds: Accents and Dialects
- ‘Puggling through Kintle for Bobby-Dazzlers: The Evolving English VoiceBank’, at ISLE 5 Conference, UCL, London, July 2018.
- ‘Evolving English GrammarBank’, English Grammar Day 2018, British Library, London, July 2018.
- ‘Grammar on Tour: grammatical variation in the UK’, English Grammar Day 2016, British Library, London, June 2016.
- ‘Spectacular Vernacular: using BL Oral History Recordings as a corpus of British English’, Oral History meets Linguistics Conference, FRIAS, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany, December 2015.
- ‘You want like go British Library innit: celebrating vernacular English’, English Grammar Day 2015, British Library, London, June 2015.
- ‘Ratching through Kintle for Bobby-Dazzlers: Initial Reflections on the British Library’s Evolving English VoiceBank’, OX-LEX 4 Symposium on Approaches to English Historical Lexicography and Lexicology, Pembroke College, Oxford, March 2015.
- ‘If It Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix It: Exploring Vernacular Grammar’, English Grammar Day 2014, British Library, London, July 2014.
- ‘They were Lost and Now They are Found: Berliner Lautarchiv Dialect Recordings of British and Irish POWs’, Languages and the First World War Conference, British Library, London, June 2014.
- ‘If You Can’t Talk Proper Shut Your Mouth’, Northern English Workshop 5, Nottingham Trent University, April 2012.