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Dr Mercedes Durham
Languages spoken: English, French, Italian
I work in sociolinguistics, the subfield of linguistics which examines language in society. Broadly speaking, sociolinguistics tries to establish how factors such as geographical origin, age, gender, social class affect the way people speak and how (and why) we judge different accents and dialects.
About my research
I'm interested in the acquisition of sociolinguistic competence (in children and non-native speakers), language attitudes, language variation and change, dialects of English, and English as a world language.
Areas of expertise
- English as a World Language
- English Dialects
- Language Acquisition
- Language Attitudes
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