Tuesday 18 April 2017

2017 Publication

The last publication resulting from the Indexical Fields project at University of Manchester has now been published in Language Variation and Change 29(1).  Co-authored by Erik Schleef and Will Barrass, it is entitled "Regional diversity in social perceptions of (ing)"

Sunday 24 April 2016

Braber and Flynn Collaborations 2016

Nicholas continues his collaboration with Natalie Braber of Nottingham Trent University looking at language variation and change in the East Midlands region.

A paper looking at yod-dropping and yod-coalescence was presented at the 7th Northern Englishes Workshop (NEW7) held at the University of Edinburgh in April 2016.

Nicholas and Natalie's chapter on the East Midlands has now been published in the edited volume Researching Northern English.

Wednesday 29 July 2015

Conferences 2015

Nicholas was pleased to return to the International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE) series. ICLaVE8 took place at Leipzig University, Germany 27th-29th May 2015. Nicholas presented research on variation in happY and lettER in the East Midlands conducted in collaboration with Natalie Braber of Nottingham Trent University as part of a project using data from the East Midlands Oral History Archive.

As a further collaboration with Natalie Braber, Nicholas will co-present a poster on yod-dropping in the East Midlands at the 10th UK Language Variation and Change Conference (UKLVC10), to be held at the University of York, 1st-3rd September 2015.

Wednesday 4 February 2015

Teaching Updates

In the autumn term of 2014, Nicholas returned to the University of York to provide lectures for the first year undergraduate module "Introduction to Sociolinguistics", and lectures and seminars for the postgraduate module on "Language Variation and Change".

Between January and March 2015, Nicholas was employed by Birmingham City University teaching phonetic theory and transcription to first year undergraduates studying Speech and Language Therapy.

Wednesday 30 April 2014

Another Change in Contact Details

Nicholas no longer works for the University of Manchester and, as a result, his email address there no longer works. The best way to contact Nicholas (if you don't already have a private email address, Facebook or other method of contact) would be to fill in the "contact form" on the right-hand side of the blog main screen to send a private message.

Conference Presentations 2014

Nicholas was pleased to once again attend the Northern Englishes Workshop, which this year, in its 6th iteration, returned to the University of Lancaster.

Findings from the Leverhulme-funded sociolinguistics project Regional language variation and the indexical field at the University of Manchester, for which Nicholas was employed as Research Associate were presented, in a talk entitled "Social mean(ing)s in the North, the South and Scotland" given by Erik Schleef (lead author and project PI) and Nicholas Flynn. The presentation looked at listener attitudes to and evaluations of pronunciations of (ing) as '-in' / [ɪn] and '-ing' / [ɪŋ], and considered whether these were the same in the south of England, the north of England and Scotland.

The findings of the project on (ing) will be further disseminated in a joint-authored oral presentation by Erik Schleef and Nicholas Flynn at the 3rd International Society for the Linguistics of English conference (ISLE3), to be held at the University of Zurich (Switzerland) in August.

Nicholas has also been invited to contribute to a workshop session on methods of studying vocalic variation which forms part of the programme of the 15th Methods in Dialectology conference, an international conference held every three years, which in 2014 is being held at the University of Groningen (Netherlands). Nicholas's talk is entitled "Potential pitfalls when choosing to normalise" and will look at the importance of researchers making informed decisions when normalising and measuring vowel formants to avoid errors.

Sunday 28 July 2013

Change in contact details

Now that Nicholas is no longer a postgraduate student at the University of York, York-based contact details no longer work. The primary mode of contact for academic matters should be through the University of Manchester, where Nicholas is currently employed as a Research Associate.

Email:  nicholas DOT flynn HYPHEN 2 AT manchester DOT ac DOT uk

Website:  http://www.personalpages.manchester.ac.uk/staff/nicholas.flynn-2