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Dr Sophie Holmes-Elliott PhD

Lecturer in Linguistics

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Dr Sophie Holmes-Elliott is a Lecturer in Linguistics and the Director of the English Language and Linguistics BA program in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics.

She graduated in Linguistics from Glasgow (MLitt, PhD) and joined the University of Southampton in 2016. Prior to this, she held a postdoctoral position as lead research assistant on ESRC funded project 'One Speaker Two Dialects: bidialectalism across the generations in a Scottish community' (PI Professor Jennifer Smith).

She is currently Principal Investigator on a British Academy funded project 'Generation Why: teenagers as leaders of language change'. This is a real time project which tracks the linguistic behaviour of children as they mature into adolescents and become the innovators of language change.

Research interests

I am a Variationist Sociolinguist and my research interests include: Language Variation and Change; Language & Society; Language & Identity and Language & Gender.

Currently, I am interested in the relationship between language variation & change and the youngest members of the speech community – children. I am particularly interested in the acquisition of variation - how children make sense of the complex patterns of variation they are surrounded by and go on to acquire highly systematic native dialects. I am also interested in the process of incrementation - where children, as they mature into adolescents, move language changes on a stage further. Essentially, both areas investigate how children evolve from language learners and into language leaders and how this impacts on trajectories of language change.

I am happy to consider applications for Postgraduate supervision in the following areas: language change; sociolinguistics; phonetics; sociophonetics; language & gender; language & identity; regional dialect levelling; incrementation; bidialectalism

Director of English Language and Linguistics (BA Program)

NSS co-ordinator (Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics)

Arts and Humanities Faculty Ethics Committee

R-lings: Analysing Linguistic Data using R

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LING 1001: Elements of Linguistics (Phonetics)

LING 1006: Making of Modern English

LING 2008: Sound and Voice

LING 2010: Language Attitudes and Ideology

LING 2011: Variation and Change in English

LING 3015: Sociophonetic Project Module

LING 6006: Language and Society

Dr Sophie Holmes-Elliott
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