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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 sociolinguistics and social psychological studies, including multilingualism and migration. I am Head of SPLAS, member of the following Research Centres: CLLEAR (Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research) (TNS) Transnational Studies, and CGE (Centre for Global Englishes) as well as the university-wide Centre of Excellence for the Future of Human Communication.

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Research interests

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

  • Transnational social spaces; Borders, borderlands, diaspora and islands
  • Identities and linguistic repertoires; the Third Space
  • Ideologies of inclusion and exclusion; embeddedness, anchoring
  • Multilingualism, Superdiversity and Translanguaging
  • The multilingual turn, linguistic appropriation and shift
  • Migrants as new speakers; linguistic authenticity, competency, legitimacy; speakerhood and insider vernaculars
  • Regionalism and regional nationalism.


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My latest monograph is entitled Identity, Language and Belonging on Jersey: Migration and the Channel Islands (Palgrave MacMillan, in press June 2020).

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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I am also Guest Editor, with Dr Darren Paffey, of a forthcoming Special Issue of Languages, entitled ‘Multilingualism in Migration Contexts.

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 My current undergraduate and postgraduate teaching encompasses the following areas:

  • Articulatory and acoustic phonetics; speech production and perception
  • Sociophonetics
  • 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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