Language variation

A research area within the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Language variation

Language variation research

Our research

Our language variation research focuses on:

  • Sociophonetic variation in production
  • The effects of sociophonetic variation on speech processing
  • The influence of discourse context on sound patterns
  • The acquisition of bi-dialectalism
  • The development of sociolinguistic awareness

We are active members of the Language at Leeds research hub, and in particular of the following Language at Leeds research satellites: the Centre for Language and Nature; Arabic Language.

Our research facilities are situated in the Human Communications Lab.

Academic staff at the University of Leeds

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Academics and partners undertaking research projects.

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Academic team

Gisela Tomé Lourido
Leendert Plug
Janet Watson
Robert Lennon