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Dr Jaine Beswick PhD, PGDip, MA, BA

Associate Professor, Head, SPLAS (Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies)

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Dr Jaine Beswick is an Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Linguistics 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 finishing a monograph entitled Islands of Migration. Language, Identity and Belonging on Jersey, the Channel Islands (Palgrave MacMillan , forthcoming). The focus is migratory trajectories to the island of Jersey, the Channel Islands, since WWII. It adopts a primarily sociolinguistic ad social psychological perspective in order to examine migrant communities, expression of identity in multilingual contexts, ideologies of and attitudes toward language use and in-group belonging, individual and community spaces and places and migrant visibility in sociocultural and socioeconomic settings.


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 My current undergraduate and postgraduate teaching encompasses the following areas:

  • Articulatory and acoustic phonetics; speech production and perception
  • English phonology
  • Language policy and planning; standardisation
  • Sociolinguistic and social psychological theories of language
  • Variationist linguistics the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America and Britain
  • Portuguese-speaking migration and diaspora

I would welcome any potential applicants interested in taking forward postgraduate research in any of the following areas linked to the Portuguese, Galician or Spanish-speaking worlds: 

  • Language, identity, ideology and attitude in diaspora
  • Sociolinguistics and sociophonetics
  • Identities (national, regional, local; island, ethnic, etc.) and lects
  • Borderland varieties
  • Migration, integration, language use and belonging

 I would also be happy to co-supervise research in instrumental phonetics and speech production being carried out in other disciplines.




Dr Jaine Beswick
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