Dr Emma Moore
BA (Manchester); MA (Manchester); PhD (Manchester)
Room 5.03, Jessop West
Internal extension: 20232
email : firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a Reader in Sociolinguistics.
I joined the department in February 2004, following a Lectureship at the University of Manchester. My PhD research was also completed at Manchester. During the course of my PhD, I also studied at Stanford University, USA.
My research examines the relationship between language and identity. In particular, I explore how individuals and communities use language to construct social styles and identities. I’m also interested in how and why language change occurs over time.
Much of my published research has focused on the language used by adolescents, but my methods and forms of analysis have enabled me to address the relationship between language and social factors more generally. In particular, I have explored the extent to which speakers are able to adapt their speech to show how they align with other people or with certain stances or attitudes. My work with adolescents demonstrates that the style of language used by an individual can constitute different identities dependent upon when, how, and why they use language. Sometimes language features may reflect someone’s social class or, at other times, it can communicate information about their gender, their peer-group or their social aspirations. Understanding what language features mean socially offers a way to understand how individuals and social groups are judged. In this way, we can use the study of language differences to consider how individuals and groups are evaluated, and this may have implications on how we address issues of social inequality.
My latest work is on an AHRC funded project, entitled Language and distinctiveness on the Isles of Scilly. The Isles of Scilly are a highly heterogeneous island community 28 miles west of Land’s End, Cornwall. Scilly’s population includes ethnic Scillonians, incomers, and seasonal workers. This population mix makes Scilly open to on-going social and linguistic change. The project is documenting the island’s historical trajectory by analysing change in language use over time, and assessing the extent and direction of any change. More generally, the project will increase our understanding of the nature of modern communities and societal structure, and will increase our knowledge of sociolinguistic processes. Most of my previous work has focused on morphosyntax and discourse, but I’m lucky to be working with a great phonetician on this project, Dr Paul Carter.
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I´m committed to teaching innovation and, much like my research, my teaching tends to be data-led. I teach on both the BA in English Language and Linguistics and the MA in English Language and Linguistics. I contribute to modules on `Varieties of English´, `Sociolinguistics´, and `Language and Gender´ at undergraduate level, and `Linguistics in Context' and ‘Linguistics in Practice’ at graduate level.
In 2008, I undertook a University of Sheffield funded Knowledge Transfer project in collaboration with the Five Islands School on the Isles of Scilly. This produced a publicly-available scheme of work for teaching Language and Identity.
I currently supervise in the areas of variationist sociolinguistics, ethnography, dialectology, gender and sexuality, and ethnicity, and welcome PhD applicants who wish to undertake interdisciplinary work in language and linguistics. My PhD students include:
Non-Refereed Abstracts, Reports & On-line Publications