Dr Grant Howie

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About me

DipLang Spanish (Otago, 2010)
BA (Hons.) Linguistics (1st, Otago. 2010)
PhD Linguistics (Otago, 2018)

Area of expertise

My main research interests lie in how identity (either individual or as a speech community) influences the language speakers use, particularly in relation to their phonological systems. My doctoral research (and forthcoming paper) looked at the English dialects of Afrikaans speakers in NZ and how changes in their self-identity manifested in their spoken English post-relocation. This interest in sociophonetics is taking the shape of an experiemental study that is currently underway investigating the perceptual dialectology in the South West of England and the impact dialect levelling as had on production and perception of regional features.

I have recently begun exploring my developing interest in the intersection of Ecolinguistics and Linguistic Relativity looking at our the interal structures of our langauge might impact our sustainable decisions and consequent climate (in)action.

As a possible masters/PhD supervisor, I am comfortable considering topics in the above, as well as second language acquisition, linguistic anthropology, TESOL, and language policy.


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