Dr Chris Montgomery
School of English
Senior Lecturer in Dialectology
+44 114 222 8470
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School of English
1 Upper Hanover Street
I joined the School of English as Lecturer in Dialectology in 2012 and in 2017 I was promoted to Senior Lecturer. Prior to this, I was a Lecturer in English Language at Sheffield Hallam University, a post I occupied after completing an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh.
- Research interests
My research focuses on non-linguists’ perceptions of language variation. In particular, my present research examines real-time reactions to regional speech, and in particular which features naïve listeners respond to.
I have worked in the field of perceptual dialectology, and developed new methodological approaches to the study of non-linguists' perceptions. My research has focused on locations in the north of England and southern Scotland, and has discussed the role of (real and imagined) borders in perception.
In addition to perceptual dialectology, I am also interested in the wider field of folk linguistics and language attitudes.
I have a particular interest in new methodologies, and my research has investigated ways of integrating techniques used in the field of Geographical Science with those used in the study of language variation and perception, with a particular focus on the possibilities offered by GIS technologies.
I am also generally interested in language variation and change, computational sociolinguistics, and sociolinguistic and dialectological methodologies.
- Language and a Sense of Place: Studies in Language and Region. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Cityscapes and Perceptual Dialectology: Global Perspectives on Non-Linguists Knowledge of the Dialect Landscape. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG.
- Cityscapes and Perceptual Dialectology: Global Perspectives on Non-Linguists Knowledge of the Dialect Landscape. Germany: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG.
- Brains, Ears, and Eyes on Language. American Speech, 95(3), 356-363. View this article in WRRO
- Mapping lexical dialect variation in British English using Twitter. Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence, 2. View this article in WRRO
- Evaluating S(c)illy Voices: The effects of salience, stereotypes, and co-present language variables on real-time reactions to regional speech. Language, 94(3), 629-661. View this article in WRRO
- Special issue on sense of place in the history of English. English Language and Linguistics, 19(2), 203-211. View this article in WRRO
- Geographic information systems and perceptual dialectology: a method for processing draw-a-map data. Journal of Linguistic Geography, 1(1), 52-85.
- Voices of the UK: Accents and Dialects of English. 2010.. English World-Wide, 34(1), 105-109. View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO Perceptual Dialectology and Geographical Information Systems. Journal of Linguistic Geography(2013).
- The effect of proximity in perceptual dialectology. Journal of Sociolinguistics, 16(5), 638-668.
- View this article in WRRO Starburst Charts: Methods for investigating the geographical perception of and attitudes towards speech samples. Studies in Variation, Contacts and Change in English (eVARIENG), 7.
- The dialect of the Isles of Scilly: Exploring the relationship between language production and language perception in a Southern insular variety In Wright L (Ed.), Southern English Varieties Then and Now (pp. 39-73). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
- The perceptual dialectology of England In Braber N & Jansen S (Ed.), Sociolinguistics in England (pp. 127-164). Basingstoke: Palgrave.
- The Perceptual Dialectology of England, Sociolinguistics in England (pp. 127-164). Palgrave Macmillan UK
- Maps and mapping in (perceptual) dialect geography In Montgomery C & Moore E (Ed.), A Sense of Place: Studies in Language & Region Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- The Perceptual Dialectology of Wales from the Border In Durham M & Morris J (Ed.), Sociolinguistics in Wales (pp. 151-179). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan UK.
- Developing methods in Perceptual Dialectology In Cramer J & Montgomery C (Ed.), Cityscapes and Perceptual Dialectology Global perspectives on non-linguists’ knowledge of the dialect landscape Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
- Perceptual prominence of city-based dialect areas in England In Cramer J & Montgomery C (Ed.), Cityscapes and Perceptual Dialectology Global Perspectives on Non-Linguists’ Knowledge of the Dialect Landscape Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
- View this article in WRRO Borders and boundaries in the North of England In Hickey R (Ed.), Researching Northern English Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
- Perceptual ideology across the Scottish-English border In Watt D & Llamas C (Ed.), Language, Borders and Identity Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
- Mapping the perceptions of non-linguists in Northern England In Stoeckle P, Streck T, Schwarz C & Hansen S (Ed.), Dialectological and folk dialectological concepts of space - current methods and perspectives in sociolinguistic research on dialect change (pp. 164-178). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
- Perceptions of dialects: Changing attitudes and ideologies In Nevalainen T & Traugott E (Ed.), Handbook on the History of English: Rethinking and Extending Approaches and Methods (pp. 457-469). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Perceptions of language variation In Maguire W & McMahon A (Ed.), Analysing Variation in English (pp. 121-148). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Sprachraum and its perception, Language and Space - An International Handbook of Linguistic Variation, Volume 2: Language Mapping (pp. 586-605). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
- Perceptual dialectology, Analysing Variation in English (pp. 121-148).
- View this article in WRRO Perceptions of Liverpool English In Grant A (Ed.), The Mersey Sound: Liverpool's Language, People and Places Liverpool: Open House Press.
- Research group
I would be happy to supervise students with an interest in any area of my research expertise.
- Teaching activities
I teach on both the BA in English Language and Linguistics and the MA in English Language and Linguistics. I convene ‘Varieties of English’, ‘A Sense of Place: Language and regional identity’, and a module relating to language attitudes at undergraduate level. I contribute to ‘Linguistics in Context’ and ‘Linguistics in Practice’ at graduate level.