Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Public Research Profile

Nicholas Flynn is a PhD student in the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of York. Personal webpage can be found at:

Dissertation working title is: "Levelling and diffusion at the north/south border: A sociophonetic study of Nottingham speakers". The main focus of the research is on accent changes and language variation of people living in and around the city of Nottingham in the UK. Vocalic and consonantal phonological variables are included. In addition, a chapter of the dissertation will focus on a comparison of methods and formulas of vowel formant normalisation procedures. For more information on the dissertation and ongoing research, see:

Research is supervised by Prof. Paul Foulkes, and is funded by an ESRC (UK Economic and Social Research Council) +3 studentship. Other thesis advisory panel members are Dr. Dominic Watt, Dr. Bill Haddican (up to summer 2010) and Dr. Carmen Llamas (from summer 2010).

Other research interests include sociophonetics, sociolingusitics, accents of English, forensic phonetics, vowel formant normalisation procedures, linguistic fieldwork methodology.

Recent conference attendance and poster/oral presentations include:

  • Sociophonetics: at the crossroads of speech processing, language and communication, SNS Pisa (poster)
  • 19th International Postgraduate Linguistics Conference, Univeristy of Manchester (oral)
  • Summer School of Sociolinguistics 2010, University of Edinburgh (oral)
  • 7th UK Langauge Variation and Change conference, University of Newcastle (poster)


  • Flynn, N (in press) "Comparing vowel formant normalisation procedures" York Working Papers in Linguistics (Series 2) 11.

A full list of Nicholas's papers and publications can be found at:

Nicholas Flynn can be contacted by email: nejf100 AT york DOT ac DOT uk.
The postal address of the department is:
Department of Language and Linguistics
University of York
YO10 5DD

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