Dr Chris Montgomery

Senior Lecturer in Dialectology
BA (Hons), University of Sheffield
PhD, University of Sheffield

Contact Dr Chris Montgomery

The School of English
2.27 Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
Sheffield
S3 7RA

Internal telephone: 28470
Telephone: 0114 222 8470

email: c.montgomery@sheffield.ac.uk

Overview

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

My research interests are primarily in the field of perceptual dialectology, and specifically the methodological approaches to the study of non-linguists' perceptions. My research has focussed on locations in the north of England and southern Scotland, and has discussed the role of (real and imagined) borders in perception.

My research is not restricted to perceptual dialectology and I am also interested in the wider field of folk linguistics and language attitudes, that is to say, how linguistically naive informants respond to language, and the reasons behind these responses. I am also interested in real-time reactions to regional speech, and in particular which features naïve listeners respond to.

I have an 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 sociolinguistic and dialectological methodologies, lexical erosion and language variation and change.

Teaching

I teach on the following modules:

  • ELL110 - Varieties of English
  • ELL227 – Language Attitudes
  • ELL234 - A Sense of Place: Language and regional identity
  • ELL358 - Dialectology: Past, present, and future
  • EGH607 - Research Methods
  • EGH624 - Linguistics in Context
Supervision

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

Publications

Articles

  • 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. http://www.helsinki.fi/varieng/journal/volumes/07/montgomery/index.html

Books

  • 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

  • Montgomery, Chris and Cramer, Jennifer (forthcoming, 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 (forthcoming, 2016) Perceptual Prominence of City-based Dialect areas in England. In Cramer, Jennifer and Montgomery, Chris. In Cityscapes and Perceptual Dialectology: Global perspectives on non-linguists’ knowledge of the dialect landscape. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Montgomery, Chris (forthcoming, 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.