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George joined the department in 2018 as a Lecturer in Phonetics and Phonology. His research interests lie in sociophonetics, phonological theory, and language variation and change. He is also interested in articulatory phonetics, and the use of experimental and statistical techniques to answer questions about sound change and the representation of phonetic and phonological knowledge.
My research primarily lies at the intersection between sociophonetics, phonological theory, and language variation and change. I also have a keen interest in dialectology, particularly the dialects spoken in the North of England. In my research I study patterns of variation and change in a number of phonetic features of these dialects in order to address important questions regarding pathways of sound change and the representation of phonetic and phonological information. I also use a range of quantitative methods in my research, and more recently have been exploring articulatory and experimental methods in order to better understand the mapping between acoustic targets and individual-level articulatory variation.
‘When sound change isn’t led by social change: The case of Northern English (ng)'
2018 - The Philological Society meeting on 'Language change in its socio-historical context', University of Sheffield
‘All paths lead to [ʃ]: Varying sibilant articulation and s-retraction in Manchester English’
2018 - The University of Manchester Linguistics and English Language Research Seminar
‘Regional variation in 140 characters: Mapping geospatial tweets’
2016 - The Workshop on Using Twitter for Linguistic Research, University of Kent