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So, like, you know... Jennifer Smith was on BBC Radio 4!

So, like, you know… Jennifer Smith was on BBC Radio 4!

Jennifer Smith appeared on Woman’s Hour talking about ‘verbal tics’ or as linguists refer to them, discourse markers. You can listen to it here! http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04gkt9s
Meet our Research Assistants!

Meet our Research Assistants!

Thanks to a number of schemes run by the School of Critical Studies at the University of Glasgow, we have been able to host two paid research assistantships for a month this summer. The posts were offered to students in their final year who were looking to gain some experience of actual research before they...
Research Assistant: Gina DeCorla

Research Assistant: Gina DeCorla

“Ya’ll need to come down for dinner now!” It was the sound of my mother’s voice booming from downstairs. Aside the annoyance within her tone, she had utilized a linguistic feature that was non-existent in my own speech performance. She had collectively referred to me and my siblings using the informal “you” plural. My mother...
Research Assistant: Megan Crampsey

Research Assistant: Megan Crampsey

When I was younger I was often asked the question: “What do you want to be when you’re grown up?” and my answer would vary depending on my mood that day. Sometimes it was a pastry chef (I love cake), sometimes it was a choreographer (I have a long love affair with musicals) and for...
Semantic Narrowing? That's an extreme sport in Buckie...

Semantic Narrowing? That’s an extreme sport in Buckie…

I always get a bit nervous when I’m interviewing the youngest cohort, 12-13 years old, in case we don’t find anything to talk about. If I put myself in their place it’s not hard to see why they might feel a bit shy. I mean, not only am I ancient to them, but who wouldn’t...
Linguistic Chameleons

Linguistic Chameleons

We’re starting to get lots of data now for the project and have begun to transcribe some of the interviews. Some really interesting points are emerging from what we’ve got so far. To give you taste of the type of data we’re looking at, we’ve included here a few extracts from the recordings where we...