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Matt Hunt Gardner

Departmental Lecturer in Sociolinguistics

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I’m a Canadian sociolinguist specializing in how the English Language varies from place to place and changes through time. I work both with large datasets and statistical modelling, but also engage in ethnographic research in specific communities (especially Cape Breton Island in Canada). Broadly, I aim to better understand how and why grammatical systems diverge and converge. My research spans all levels of the grammar, though I have mostly focussed on phonological and morphological change. I’ve supervised students interested in Language and Gender/Sexuality, Language and Music, Language and the Media, and the history of the English Language. I speak English, French and a bit of Dutch, German, and Korean.