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Dr Esther Asprey

Teaching Fellow

Esther Asprey
I joined InterLanD (Aston Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Language and Diversity), with my project based in LSS in July of 2009 as a Research Associate. 

I work on the ESRC funded project ‘Discourse and Sociocultural Identity in the wider western Midlands as a Senior Research Associate under the direction of Dr Urszula Clark. The work centres around the construction of identity in performance, looking at the performances of comedians, musicians and poets in the west midlands region to see how and why they use their local language variety to construct an identity onstage.

  • MA in German and English Language: University of Edinburgh.
  • MA in English Language and World Englishes: University of Leeds. 
  • PhD, University of Leeds. Thesis title “Black Country English and Black Country Identity”. Employment  

My own research centres on the Black Country dialect of the English West Midlands, and on the linguistic history of the West Midlands, in particular the preservation of lexical variation in urban communities. I am also interested in minority language use in the British Isles.

  • Asprey, E., 2003. “Language and Identity in the Black Country.” In: (eds) Hall, D., T.Markopoulos, A. Salamoura and S. Skoufaki. Proceedings of the University of Cambridge First Postgraduate Conference in Language Research, 26th April 2003. Cambridge: Cambridge Institute of Language Research.

  • Asprey, E., L. Burbano-Elizondo and K. Wallace, 2006. “The Survey of Regional English and its Methodology: Conception, Refinement, and Implementation.” In (eds) Hornero, A. M., J. Luzón and S. Murillo. Corpus Linguistics: Applications for the study of English. Proceedings of the 12th Susanne Hübner Seminar, University of Zaragoza, 19th-21st November 2003. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Verlag.

  • Asprey, E., 2007. “Investigating residual rhoticity in a non-rhotic accent.” In: Leeds Working Papers in Linguistics and Phonetics 12. Leeds: Department of Linguistics and Phonetics, University of Leeds, pp. 78-101.

  • Asprey, E., 2008. “The sociolinguistic stratification of a connected speech process – the case of the T to R rule in the Black Country.” In: Leeds Working Papers in Linguistics and Phonetics 13. Leeds: Department of Linguistics and Phonetics, University of Leeds, pp.109-140.

  • Asprey, E, to appear. ‘Black Country English and Black Country Identity: a case study. In (eds) Seargeant, P., J.  Swann and C. Tagg Worlds of English: History and diversity. London: Routledge/Open University Press.

  • Member of BAAL (British Association for Applied Linguistics)
  • Member of LAGB (Linguistics Association of Great Britain)
  • Member of the UK Linguistic Ethnography Forum
Room: MB743
Phone: 0121 204 5238
Email: e.c.asprey@aston.ac.uk 

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