LKALE SIG Secretary
Paul’s research focuses on how regional dialect features are enregistered in English. Enregisterment is a process where a linguistic repertoire becomes overtly linked with social values (e.g. place, class, friendliness, etc). Evidence for enregisterment can be seen in interviews, commentary on language (newspapers, online, Facebook, Twitter), or where dialect features are used on commodities like t-shirts. Paul is currently researching the enregisterment of Yorkshire dialect, both in historical and modern contexts, as well as Liverpool English, a.k.a. Scouse. Additionally, he is looking at how both varieties are evaluated and used as linguistic resources in educational contexts by younger speakers.