Roy Alderton

PhD student

Research Interests

My main research interest is sociophonetics. I am particularly interested in how people make associations between phonetic features and social groups, and how this relates to their own speech production. I address this topic in my research with reference to the idea of 'salience' - that certain linguistic variables are more prominent or noticeable than others - and how this operates in the social world.

I am also interested in topics in phonetics and sociolinguistics more generally; these include auditory and acoustic phonetics, language variation and change, dialectology, folk linguistics, attitudes to language, indexicality and social meaning and sounds of the world's languages.

I am a member of the Phonetics Lab research group.

For more information about my research and other academic activities, please see my personal website.