Dr Chris Montgomery

Senior Lecturer in Dialectology


Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA


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.


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.


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.


I would be happy to supervise students with an interest in any area of my research expertise.


  • Leach, Hannah and Montgomery, Chris (In preparation) Folk perception of Stoke-on-Trent English.
  • Montgomery, Chris and Moore, Emma (2018) The effects of salience, stereotypes, and co-present language variables on real-time reactions to regional speech. Language 94(3). 629-661
  • Corrigan, Karen and Montgomery, Chris (2015) Preface to the special issue on sense of place in the history of English. English Language and Linguistics. 19(2). pp 203-211
  • Montgomery, Chris and Stoeckle, Philipp (2013) Perceptual Dialectology and Geographical Information Systems. Journal of Linguistic Geography. 1(1). pp. 52-85
  • Montgomery, Chris (2012) The Effect of Proximity in Perceptual Dialectology. Journal of Sociolinguistics. 16(5). pp. 638-668.
  • Montgomery, Chris (2011) Starburst Charts: Methods for investigating the geographical perception of and attitudes towards speech samples. In Studies in Variation, Contacts and Change in English (eVARIENG) Volume 7.
  • Montgomery, Chris and Moore, Emma (eds.) (2017) Language and a Sense of Place: Studies in Language and Region. Cambridge University Press.
  • Cramer, Jennifer and Montgomery, Chris (eds.) (forthcoming, 2014) Cityscapes and Perceptual Dialectology: Global perspectives on non-linguists’ knowledge of the dialect landscape. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Journal special issue
  • Corrigan, Karen, and Montgomery, Chris (2015) Special issue on sense of place in the history of English. English Language and Linguistics. 19(2).
Book chapters
  • Moore, Emma and Montgomery, Chris (2018) The dialect of the Isles of Scilly: Exploring the relationship between language production and language perception in a Southern insular variety. In Wright, Laura (ed.) Southern English Varieties Then and Now, 39-73. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Montgomery, Chris (2018) The Perceptual Dialectology of England. In Natalie Braber & Sandra Jansen (eds.) Sociolinguistics in England, 127-164. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Montgomery, Chris. (2017) Maps and Mapping in (Perceptual) Dialect Geography. In Chris Montgomery & Emma Moore (eds.), Language and a Sense of Place: Studies in Language and Region, 128–146. Cambridge University Press.
  • Montgomery, Chris. (2016) The Perceptual Dialectology of Wales from the Border. In Mercedes Durham & Jonathan Morris (eds.), Sociolinguistics in Wales, 151–179. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
  • Montgomery, Chris and Cramer, Jennifer (2016) Developing Methods in Perceptual Dialectology. In Cityscapes and Perceptual Dialectology: Global perspectives on non-linguists’ knowledge of the dialect landscape. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Montgomery, Chris (2016) Perceptual Prominence of City-based Dialect areas in England. In Cramer, Jennifer and Montgomery, Chris, Cityscapes and Perceptual Dialectology: Global perspectives on non-linguists’ knowledge of the dialect landscape. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Montgomery, Chris (2015) Perceptions of borders and boundaries in the North of England. In Hickey, Raymond. Researching Northern English. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Montgomery, Chris (2014) Perceptual dialectology across the Scottish-English border. In Watt, Dominic and Llamas, Carmen. Borders and Identities. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • Montgomery, Chris (2012) Perceptions of dialects: Changing attitudes and ideologies. In Nevalainen, Terttu and Traugott, Elizabeth (Eds.) Handbook on the History of English: Rethinking and Extending Approaches and Methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 457-469.
  • Montgomery, Chris (2012) Mapping the perceptions of non-linguists in Northern England. In: Stoeckle, Philipp, Streck, Tobias., Schwarz, Christian. & Hansen, Sandra. (Eds.) Dialectological and folk dialectological concepts of space - current methods and perspectives in sociolinguistic research on dialect change. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. pp. 164-179
  • Montgomery, Chris and Beal, Joan (2011) 'Perceptions of language variation'. In: Maguire, Warren and McMahon, April (Eds.) Analysing Variation in English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 121-148.
  • Montgomery, Chris (2010) Sprachraum and its perception. In Lameli, Alfred, Kehrein, Roland & Stefan Rabanus (Eds.) Language and Space - An International Handbook of Linguistic Variation, Volume 2: Language Mapping. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 586-605.
  • Montgomery, Chris (2008) Perceptions of Liverpool English. In A. Grant, Anthony & Grey, Clive (Eds.). The Mersey Sound: Liverpool’s Language, People and Places. Liverpool: Open House Press. pp. 164-188.