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Dr Jaine Beswick PhD, PGDip, MA, BA

Associate Professor, Programme Coordinator, Portuguese

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Dr Jaine Beswick is an Associate Professor of Modern Languages at the University of Southampton.

Having graduated from the University of Salford with a BA Hons in Spanish, Portuguese and French with Linguistics, and from the University of Manchester with an MA in Language and Linguistics, I completed a doctorate entitled The Velar Nasal in Galician: Case-Study of a Linguistic Variable in a Bilingual Community at the University of Bristol. I am currently Associate Professor in Linguistics, with specialisations in Portuguese, Galician and Spanish sociolinguistic migration studies including phonetic and phonological multilingualism, variation and change. I am Chair of Residence Abroad Committee, Programme Coordinator for Portuguese Studies, ML Health and Safety Officer, Portuguese Exams Officer, and member of the Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR) and Centre for Transnational Studies (TNS).

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Research interests

My own research interests are primarily sociolinguistic in nature and focus on phonetic and phonological aspects (including articulatory and instrumental aspects of speech) of Portuguese, Galician and Spanish:

  • Language variation and change, including dialectology
  • Multilingualism in borderlands and the diaspora
  • Sociopsychological aspects of language, identity and ideology
  • Regionalism and regional nationalism

I am currently engaged in writing a monograph on my semi-longitudinal research project on historical and contemporary migratory trajectories since WWII to the island of Jersey, Channel Islands Partially ethnographic in its focus, I examine the communities that have settled there, their expression of identities in multilingual and monolingual contexts, ideologies pertaining to language use, the notion of belonging, individual and community space and place and migrant visibility in sociocultural and socioeconomic settings.





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My current undergraduate and postgraduate teaching focus primarily on the articulatory and acoustic phonetics of English, including phonemic and phonetic transcription methods; I also teach sociolinguistic theory, Hispanic and Lusophone dialectology and sociolinguistics, Lusophone sociocultural identities and translation methodologies.

 I would welcome any potential applicants interested in taking forward research in any of the following areas: 

  • Language, identity and ideology in diaspora
  • Dialectology and synchronic linguistic variation
  • Diachronic language change
  • Sociolinguistic aspects of language use in monolingual and multilingual contexts
  • Identities (national, regional, local, ethnic, social etc.) and language use
  • Language policy and planning 

These can be associated with, but certainly not limited to, the Spanish, Galician or Portuguese- speaking worlds. Furthermore, the interdisciplinary nature of my work on instrumental and articulatory phonetics in speaker-listener contexts means that I would be also very happy to advise or supervise postgraduate students working in other disciplines (sound and vibration research, deaf studies etc).



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