School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Hannah Leach

Teaching Assistant

Background

I recently completed my PhD at the University of Sheffield, and as well as working as a TA there, I am module lead for SEL8163 The Sociolinguistics of Language and Society, and TA for SEL2091 Sociolinguistics and the Sociology of Language.

Research

My thesis was entitled Sociophonetic variation in Stoke-on-Trent's pottery industry, and combined quantitative and qualitative methods to examine linguistic variation in an oral history archive comprised of speakers employed in various roles in the pottery industry. I combine detailed acoustic analysis of unstressed vowels in Stoke-on-Trent English with examination of levels of /h/-dropping, before investigating the varied and burgeoning social meanings of both variables by examining their use in context.

I also conduct research in perceptual dialectology, and hope that all my work contributes to lessening linguistic prejudice.

Teaching

SEL8163 - The Sociolinguistics of Language and Society

SEL2091 - Sociolinguistics and the Sociology of Language

Publications

  • Leach H, Watson K, Gnevsheva K. Perceptual dialectology in northern England: Accent recognition, geographical proximity and cultural prominence. Journal of Sociolinguistics 2016, 20(2), 192-211.